At first sight this oak dining room sideboard appeared a massive undertaking; massive being the operative word. Long, tall and heavy would best describe it. And with three drawers and three cupboards you’d expect some bulk. But two of us managed to move it and get it ready for its shabby chic treatment.
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. Oak can require more paint than pine…but that can be just a general rule.
We applied a primer coat of paint and then followed up with another water-based undercoat before we started on the main shabby chic coats.
We used a Farrow & Ball off-white paint to achieve the depth of colour required. Our client had supplied some smart new handles for the sideboard and these, when fitted, certainly complimented the new shabby chic colour scheme.
We gave the sideboard a light shabby chic effect suggesting a degree of wear and tear. Two coats of neutral wax finished off the job.
This proved a satisfying makeover for a very solid piece of furniture.