Shabby Chic Paint and Wax Treatment Transforms Bedside Tables

Shabby Chic

Feb 28

When it’s time to renovate a bedroom, a first thought might be the colour of the walls. And after that? Well, maybe the curtains, the carpet or perhaps the bedspread.

Your furniture is often overlooked as the transformation of your bedroom goes ahead. Until it’s all done.

shabby chic paint and wax treatment

Bedside table before its shabby chic transformation

And then, of course, you realise that your 1980s or 1990s pine furniture doesn’t have quite the same feel as it once did.

There is hope. With this particular job we were asked to renovate an old desk that had been cut up to form two bedside tables. Pine bedside tables. An excellent re-use of old furniture.

Our task was to bring these two bedside tables bang up to date with some shabby chic paint and wax treatment.

The first stage of the shabby-chic process was removing the old varnish from the units using a power sander and then a hand sand for the fiddly bits. The picture shows that the top surface of one of the units has already been sanded.

Shabby Chic Paint and Wax Treatment Transforms Bedside Tables

Bedside tables after shabby chic paint and wax

Shabby Chic bedside tables

The next stage of the shabby chic process was applying a primer paint followed by an undercoat or two.

We mainly use water-based acrylic paints for this stage of the shabby chic process. The exception is when we come across woods that leach through water-based paints. In those cases we use a shellac-based paint to mask the staining properties of the wood.

We then followed up with several coats of Farrow and Ball “Pointing” estate eggshell paint on the two bedside tables before a very light shabby-chic sandpaper on the exposed edges.

We can add any amount of “shabby” to a piece of furniture during the process. In this case we wanted a light “shabby” effect.

Finally a coat or two of the neutral wax brought the new paint finish to life. Another positive shabby chic result.

When you want to know more about how we can shabby chic your furniture, you can call us on 07766 225329 or email us at Shabby Chic Surrey

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