Colours appear to be back in shabby chic fashion this year. We are certainly painting in colours that we didn’t use last year…proof indeed that it’s a fashion thing. Yes, the creams and the whites remain popular, but so too are greens, blues and beiges.
A case in point was this dining room sideboard. It’s destined for a new life in an old cottage by the sea. Very calming.
The design need was for a colour complementary with the other furnishings in the room. And so Joa’s White from Farrow and Ball was pressed into service.
It’s a distinctive colour in the Farrow and Ball colour range and one that really worked for this shabby chic colour treatment.
We needed to give the sideboard only a light sanding as the wood was natural, without a varnish or polish. That made it a lot easier.
New wooden drawer and door handles were also found. So we attached these before getting on with the main paint task.
We applied both a primer and an undercoat before several coats of the primary colour, Joa’s White.
On this occasion we didn’t give this furniture a shabby-chic finish. We kept all the definition of the new paint finish, giving it only a light neutral wax for final protection. It’s definitely a look for some properties right now; hand-painted furniture with a wax finish for added protection.
A satisfying look for a piece of furniture needing a makeover.
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