I’ve always loved up-cycling and restoring used furniture, and my mission when we moved to our new house was to start doing more with some of the drabber items in our home….Yippee
This particular dresser was nothing special….basic boring varnished pine with no character at all…just like the family member who passed it onto us. Previously when restoring furniture I have had a plan and vision for the piece and this item was originally going to be in the cream tone and then sell it on bish bash bosh. But! When you see the final piece you will see why I changed my mind and now this dresser is one of my absolute favourite pieces of furniture in my house.
For all you lovely peeps wanting to do something similar for yourself here’s my easy follow step by step guide for you to follow.
What products have I used??
I am very loyal with the products which I use in my furniture restoration, as I know they work and always give me the desired effects and finish I want. but please do try your own as there are so many products out there now and slightly cheaper to.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Annie Sloan Furniture Wax
Annie Sloan Furniture Buffing Brush
Dusting Smooth Cloth
Cath Kidston Tea towels or Thick Fabric
OK so before I begin painting any item of furniture, I always use something like ‘elbow grease’ everyday cleaner on a clean cloth to remove any unwanted dirt, grease and marks, this leaves you with a lovely clean surface, which allows the paint to glide onto the wood smooth and easily.
Once you have chosen your colour (I used Annie Sloan in Paris Grey) follow the instructions on the tin before beginning to paint any items, but once you are all ready to begin slap the paint on all over the visible areas of the piece of furniture. The great thing about chalk paint is that it does not need to be used by a professional, it can be slapped on in any old direction, this just adds to the final look of your piece. Some pieces of furniture may need 2 coats of paint while others may be fine with just the 1 coat.
Tip – If you are running low on paint add some water to the tin for the second coat