At the weekend I was very kindly given a dressing table by my boyfriends auntie and uncle, it was absolutely beautiful but it just wouldn’t match the other furniture in my room so I decided to try my hand at a little bit of DIY and up-cycling!
After the first coat of paint
After the second coat of paint
As you can see from the results the look of the dressing table were dramatically different!
I originally decided I was going to use the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint as you do not need to sand or prime the furniture you are painting although you would need to wax afterwards but after a quick trip to a local furniture shop, (Eclectic Tastes), I was swayed and decided to use the Autentico Bright White outdoor paint.
Again, you do not need to sand or prime the furniture you are painting, just paint straight over any other varnish or paint and withi this paint you don’t need to wax afterwards.
After staring at my dressing table for about 15 minutes, I decided to pluck up the courage to start painting….after these first few strokes I did mildly panic as it looked rather streaky!
Luckily, I carried on with what I was doing and when the first coat was completed all over it did look a little bit better even though you could see nearly every brush stroke.
The paint dried reasonably quickly so I didn’t have to wait long before I could do the second coat, which really changed the look of the table. Gone were all the brush strokes and in place was a nice smooth finish.
I found the paint to be reasonably thick which was good as they were less chances of the paint dripping, it did dry quite quickly but it was forgiving enough that if you did make a mistake you could easily rectify it.
After I had left the paint to dry over night, I distressed the handles of the drawers with some fine sandpaper, I did this as I could not take the handles out of the drawers and I would not of been able to paint around them!
The only problem I found were the drawers were pretty stiff and would not close due to having 2 extra coats of paint but after a bit of sanding to remove any paint build up and a little bit of candle wax they were all opening and closing properly again.
Overall, this project took me around 10 hours to complete, and I have been left with a lovely dressing table and a nice white background for my photos.
The only thing I did not realise would happen is how sore my shoulder muscles would be the next day, they were in absolute pieces from the repetitive action of the painting but I do think it was definitely worth it!
Have you ever used the Autentico or Annie Sloan Paints? What pieces of furniture did you upcycle?