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Up cycling a Pine Wardrobe With Chalk Paint

Up cycling a Pine Wardrobe With Chalk Paint

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.

And it wasn’t long before I was wondering what my new furniture would look life in a fresher, brighter shade. up cycling a pine wardrobe using chalk paint

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.

Upcycling a wardrobe in grey chalk paint

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.

Upcycling a wardrobe in grey chalk paint

And the transformation was complete. All that’s left now is to source a dressing table mirror and chair and my makeover’s complete.

Total cost;

paint £18

wax £5

door knobs £12

Upcycling a wardrobe in grey chalk paint

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  1. 11th April 2016 / 12:15 pm

    Looks lovely! I’ve always wanted to upcycle furniture, but never had the chance. Hopefully when we move. x

  2. Anne
    11th April 2016 / 8:36 pm

    The results look amazing. I too have used Annie Sloan and I’ve been happy with the results, but I will check to see if anyone carries this Frenchic over here and give it a try.

    • 12th April 2016 / 9:36 am

      Thanks Anne, I think they’re all pretty similar but thought I’d give this one ago for a change. It was great being odour free as I painted it while still in my bedroom. I can’t remember if Annie Sloan has much odour?

  3. 12th April 2016 / 11:10 pm

    Wow, this is an amazing transformation! You have completely transferred the look of the wardrobe and have made it look amazing.

  4. 14th April 2016 / 5:05 pm

    It’s amazing what a difference a coat of paint can make. Your wardrobe looks amazing, I especially like the crystal knobs. #homeetc

  5. 14th April 2016 / 8:22 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!! What a transformation!!! 🙂 It’s amazing what a bit of paint will do isn’t it? I’m excited to repaint our dining table and chairs — they’re a horrible cream shade at the mo but I’m going to paint them white. I’m BEYOND excited!!! Like you, I get to the point that I want to paint everything and anything once I’ve got the bug 😉 Love it Ali — looks fab 🙂 Thanks for linking up #HomeEtc

  6. 19th April 2016 / 9:37 am

    Amazing!!!! You know I love a project like this and what a job!!!! Superb results and so pretty 🙂 Thanks for linking up – Jess xx


  7. 29th May 2016 / 3:52 pm

    Oh wow! What a great makeover! We have some natural oak furniture in the spare room and it’s not quite our style anymore and this would work wonders on it. The new knobs with the hanging hearts really bring it to life. Thanks for linking up #bloggershomes

    • 29th May 2016 / 7:58 pm

      thanks Pamela, its worth a go to see how it’ll scrub up!

  8. Kelly
    23rd April 2017 / 9:57 pm

    Hello, great job. I just wondered how easy it is to achieve this result. I am terrible at painting. Do you think anyone could achieve this result? What wax did you use please? Thanks

    • 23rd April 2017 / 10:21 pm

      It’s unbelievably easy Kelly, virtually no prep at all. I used Annie Sloan wax which is for chalk paint. I’m sure there are others available though too

      • Kelly
        23rd April 2017 / 10:34 pm

        If you have time can you message me the steps for prep, paint and wax. Thank you

        • 24th April 2017 / 8:46 pm

          Of course, just wipe the wood down, make sure it’s dry then paint on with a softish pair brush. Cheap ones tend to leave marks. You may need a second or third coat. Leave for a few days then using a soft cloth apply the wax in gentle circular motions. Then buff off. Simples!

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