Every so often the thrifty me gets a groove on and sees an opportunity to upcycle something. It hasn’t happened in a while, 2 years to be precise, purely because I haven’t had the time. But recently I inherited some solid pine bedroom furniture and after a few weeks of sitting in my room, beckoning me to paint it, I relented.
It’s a common known fact that anything wood doesn’t stand a chance in my house. It’s not that I don’t like the look of natural woo, far from it, I love the warmth and natural tones it adds to a home. It’s just after discovering chalk paint several years ago I caught the up cycling bug and began experimenting with different shades and looks.
The real beauty about chalk paint is that it requires very minimal preparation. I’m an inpatient upcycler and my time is very limited. after a quite wipe down and protecting the carpets its straight to it. I bought a pebble grey from Frenchic Paint which I found in my local beads shop. At £18 a tin I was sure I’d need a few but that assistant assured me a little went a long way.
It covered a large wardrobe, TV cabinet and dressing table twice so she wasn’t wrong!
I’ve used Annie Sloan before but Frenchic Paint was a first but knowing it solvent free, environmentally friendly and even safe enough to paint nursery furniture swung my decision to buy local.And should the Toddler choose to tuck in (not unheard of I’m ashamed to admit) then hopefully he’ll be fine, save for a chalky, grey tinge.
Anyway, after 2 coats of paint over 2 very long impatient days, followed by 2 coats of clear wax to protect it from said Toddler, my creation was complete. But something was missing a while I mulled over it for a few more days I came to the conclusion that the knobs needed to be replaced.
After sourcing some mega cheap crystal door knobs on eBay. It took just under an hour to replace all but 4. I opted for a mixture of grey and crystal on the dressing table so it didn’t look too uniform. I then complted my transformation by hanging some heart ornaments over some of the handles.
And the transformation was complete. All that’s left now is to source a dressing table mirror and chair and my makeover’s complete.
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