How to Shabby Chic, the easy way

mepaintingbrush I will whole heartedly admit that I am not the most creative person in the world, however I did something last weekend which I am proud to say took quite a bit of artistic direction and imaginative input – I shabby chic’d my bedside table (with the help of Matt and my Dad).

It served me well, but my gosh it was ugly!

My dated, pine, little bedside table was beginning to look a bit dull and lifeless and I was trying to think of a way to spruce up my room without spending too much money and then it came to me – Shabby Chic. Matt was all for it, so off we went to my Mum and Dads house (much to their delight) with my little bedside table in the boot.

Daisy knobs £4.99 each.

Daisy knobs £4.99 each.

We stopped off at Homebase where I realised that I am definitely getting on a bit. I genuinely enjoyed selecting some new knobs to replace the pine ones and looking at paint. There were so many knobs and originally the ones I liked were all sold out, but after a bit of hunting, I came across some daisy knobs – naturally I bought them. (By the way knobs are actually a lot cheaper on the Internet – as we realised afterwards).

The wonderful Chalky Finish Furniture Paint.

The wonderful Chalky Finish Furniture Paint.

We were originally going to shabby chic my table the same way my dad had done in the past by sanding down the table at the beginning followed by a coat of white paint and then the crackle paint you can buy. However whilst walking down the aisles I came across Chalky Finish Furniture Paint.

Colour chart.

Colour chart.

The colours are beautiful; I particularly like the Belgrave blue, Dusty pink and the mustard colour I used to do my table. A 750ml can is £15 and will easily cover one piece of furniture (probably two). The paint is also available in 125ml for £4.99 if you want to paint something small or try out the colour.

First coat being applied.

First coat being applied.

I would love to tell you that it was really difficult and took a lot of elbow grease, but it was so simple. The furniture needs no preparation other than a wipe down and you just begin to paint. The paint is pretty thick and you have to be careful to apply reasonably lightly so that the paint doesn’t get too clumpy. It is also worth noting that the paint does not smell at all, which is great as it means you can paint inside.

Painting in a onesie #commitment

Painting in a onesie #commitment

We gave the table its first coat and left it for about 4 hours, followed by another coat, which we left overnight. In the morning we gave the table its final coat (the tin says you only need two coats, however the pine we were covering was quite dark and I wanted it to be a bright statement piece).

Before sanding.

Before sanding.

After the final coat had dried we located some sand paper and began to softly sand down the sides and gave a few of the edges a harder rub to take off the paint and really create the shabby chic look.I decided against putting the legs back on as I felt they dated the furniture and were not really needed.

Close up.

Close up.

The company advises that you use their varnish to give the furniture a protective seal, however I did not buy the varnish and just wiped it down with a dry cloth. It does feel slightly chalky, however it does not come off and I think I prefer the chalky look.

Finished product.

Finished product.

We attached the new daisy knobs and voila – a brand new bedside table. I absolutely love it and despite the fact Matt and my family originally questioned my decision to go for mustard, they all agree it is actually a gorgeous colour and it looks great.

The next problem was trying to decide what ornaments to put on my newly refurbished table. IT WAS TRICKY….

So many choices...all so similar

So many choices…all so similar

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