It’s not often that I write DIY blog posts. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever written a DIY blog post, unless you include that time I dedicated a blog post on how to remove shellac polish. How the world throws unexpected curve balls, hey?!
So Bradley and I have been slightly decorative-happy recently. We’ve visited the Range and Home Sense a few too many times in the past month, looking out for bargain furniture deals and dreaming about our ideal bedroom.
We stumbled into B&M a few weeks ago, and spotted a special offer on bedside tables – 2 for £80. Now in the bedside table world, this is a real bargain. We decided we’d buy them, take them home and paint them in a colour that would match everything else in our bedroom.
I’m a huge fan of the shabby chic/french furniture style, so we immediately knew we’d be heading to Annie Sloan within the next few days to pick up some chalk paint. If you don’t know who she is and what she does, google her.
Yesterday, Bradley took our two new babies (you can buy them online here) outside ready for their make-over. I decided it was a fine opportunity to take some photos and show you how to shabby-chic-ify any piece of furniture you fancy.
First of all, you will need:
Sand paper, and lots of it.
Chalk paint. I reeeeeally recommend Annie Sloan paint, but it is slightly on the more pricey side. This big tin was £18.
We went for the colour Original Batch – a creamy white.
Something to note; a little bit of chalk paint goes a long way, so don’t be silly and overbuy.
Clear soft wax. You’ll see why.
A paint brush, obviously. Get yourself a big one and a small one, for those pesky little areas that are difficult to get into.
Now that you have your essentials, you’re ready to go.
The first step is to sand the piece of furniture down – especially if it has a particularly smooth surface.
After the sanding, we advise you remove any fiddly bits like the drawer handles. We even took the little door apart.
Now you’re good to start painting! The paint is reasonably thick, so depending on your personal taste and preference, one coat of paint may be enough for you. We decided to have two coats.
At this point it started raining, but Bradley being the handyman that he is, found himself some cover and carried on painting…
Once you’ve come to a point where you’re happy with the amount of paint, you then need to let the furniture dry completely. Chalk paint dries reasonably fast – we left them for the afternoon and came back in the evening.
The next step is to sand the edges. It feels unnatural to sand something that has been newly painted, but that’s the only way to create the french furniture look. The aim is to make it look as if it’s been knocked a few times and the paint has worn off – so sand a few edges here and there and a couple of random spots in the center. Again, the amount of sanding you do all depends on your personal preference.
And then finally, get an old cloth and rub the soft wax all over the furniture. This helps the paint to look nice and last for as long as possible.