Treat an overlooked, solid timber bedside table to a facelift with chalk paint. You’ll find items like this little pine treasure at thrift shops and online for a bargain price! Differing from chalkboard paint, this decorative product is self-priming, water-based – a dream to apply – and gives a gorgeous matte finish to any project. Once it’s all painted, add a lovely lustre with layers of clear and black wax for that antique furniture look you’ll adore.
Bedside table makeover
GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES
- Drop sheet
- Solid timber bedside table
- Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan in Amsterdam Green and Aubusson Blue (or similar)
- Annie Sloan wax in Clear and Black (or similar)
- Small bristle brush
- Lint-free rag or wax brush
Lay out a drop sheet in your work area. Remove drawers from the chest and stand them on end. Using brush, paint drawer fronts (including knobs and narrow edges of drawer fronts) with Aubusson Blue. Apply the paint thickly, moving your brush in every direction to create beautiful brush marks and to build up the texture. Let dry.
Using brush loaded with Amsterdam Green, paint the carcass of chest using the same texture-building method as Step 1. Let dry.
The beauty of using this chalk paint product is that you can get straight into the painting process without having to sand your timber furniture. Gotta love that!
Using lint-free rag or wax brush, apply clear wax to the painted surfaces. Work the wax into all surfaces. Wipe away any excess.
Before the clear wax is dry, begin to apply black wax. Work the wax into the surface, pushing it into the crevices on all surfaces to highlight the texture.
If you apply too much black wax – don’t worry – the clear wax acts like an eraser. Use rag or brush loaded with a little clear wax to gently wipe away any excess black wax.
Once dry, reinsert drawers into carcass of chest.
What we used…
The Annie Sloan Mini Project Pack includes everything you need to transform a small piece of furniture; a small bristle brush, two pots of 100ml Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan (colours optional), one 120ml tin of Clear Wax and one tin of 120ml White, Dark or Black Wax (colours optional).