(Paint and wax gifted to me by Annie Sloan, all views are my own.)
I hope you had a lovely weekend!
I wanted share my second furniture makeover with you today. Thanks to Chalk Paints by Annie Sloan, I have been able to come up with some fab new ways to update some pieces of furniture in my house, and add a delicious splash of colour using Annie’s paints. You can see my little glazed cabinet makeover here, which taps into the whole botanical trend.
As part of the decor updates in my son’s room, I chose this beautiful chest of drawers to receive a makeover. I have moved away from the baby blues and soft greys which was the general colour scheme his bedrooms have had since he was a baby, and now that he is eight, I wanted to add a cooler, more industrial touch to his room. Bright colours pop against the white walls, and vintage finds come together for a retro feel.
These drawers were purchased before my daughter was born to go in the nursery, and they were cream. Lovely, but a little dull, so I decided to make them a bit more exciting! I knew I wanted a vibrant colour showing through, so I picked Florence as the base colour, with gorgeous Paris Grey as the top colour. Unlike my glazed cabinet, I wanted a much more painterly feel to this, with lots of texture. I gave the chest two standard coats of Florence, before decanting some into a tub, and leaving the lid off so the paint could thicken up a little. In order to create texture, I then dabbed the paint on in a criss cross fashion to build up colour wherever I wanted the paint to show through (pretty much all over!). I did two coats like this. I then applied two coats of Paris Grey. When it came to sanding, I used a small mouse sander with very fine paper on it, with a very light touch, as I didn’t want to remove the Florence, I just wanted it to show through. I absolutely love the effect and when these two colours together, it’s a bit of a dream combination! I finished it with some of Annie’s clear wax, and I used one of her big brushes to really dab the wax into all the texture before buffing to a sheen.
Finn loves his new (well, old!) chest of drawers, and I love how it looks with a stack of vintage cases on top. I also used Florence to spruce up the little shelves above it.
I am relishing a day of working from home today after working behind the scenes on Norwich Fashion Week, which has been absolutely amazing, I’m so proud to be a part of it. Three shows down and two to go!
Have a wonderful Monday!