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At first sight this oak dining room sideboard appeared a massive undertaking; massive being the operative word. Long, tall and heavy best described it. And with three drawers and three cupboards you’d expect some bulk. Fortunately we could remove the drawers and shelves. So two of us managed to move it and get it ready for its shabby chic treatment in Surrey Heath.

Shabby chic treatment for sideboard

Shabby Chic Treatment For This Sideboard

Working with oak is not a real problem of course. The wood is very fine grained so the occupational risk from splinters that we get with pine furniture isn’t there. Yes, oak can require more paint than pine…but that can be just a general rule. Because we don’t come across the staining that we uncover with old pine furniture.

We applied a primer coat of paint, a Johnstone’s paint, and then followed up with another water-based undercoat before we started on the main shabby chic coats. Three coats did the trick with this sideboard.

Key Steps For The Shabby Chic Treatment

  • Remove all the handles and hinges
  • Remove doors and drawers
  • Sand the furniture with power sanders and by hand
  • Remove all the dust
  • Apply a primer coat of paint, and anti-knotting if needed
  • Give the furniture a coat of undercoat
  • Apply top coats, typically two or three
  • Shabby with sandpaper, if requested and apply two coats of wax if needed.

We used a Farrow & Ball off-white paint to achieve the depth of colour required. This colour rarely features in our top ten colours, but it’s an impressive fixture in the palette. Our client had supplied some smart new handles for the sideboard and these, when fitted, certainly complimented the new shabby chic colour scheme. You can always source good quality metal handles from ironmongery suppliers such as our local shop4handles in Ascot. We do recommend that you see the handles before you buy, not least to ensure all the essential fittings work! Of course, we can always make any adjustments if you do buy your new handles online.

Finally we gave the sideboard a light shabby chic effect with rough sandpaper, suggesting a degree of wear and tear. Two coats of neutral wax from Annie Sloan finished off the job.

This proved a satisfying makeover for a very solid piece of furniture.

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Contact Details

Please don't hesitate to get in touch for shabby chic and furniture painting advice.

Phone Number

07766 225329

Email Address

furniture@shabby-chic-surrey.com

About the Author Andrew

I'm the main shabby chic furniture painter at Surrey Heath-based business Shabby Chic Surrey. I can paint a whole range of furniture with a variety of paints and finishes.

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