I love transforming furniture, especially when I can have a lot of fun with it! I experimented a lot in the past, tried different styles, methods and can now safely say that I love everything that looks bold and is easy to create. I use Chalk Paint, which usually means I don’t have to work hard on preparation. It’s not a new thing so you probably heard of it before. All you need to do is clean the piece of furniture (white spirit works best for me) and apply the paint directly from the tin. You just need an idea and a free afternoon.
I bought this old and used chest of drawers at one of my favourite car boot sales in London a while ago. I paid 15 or 20 pounds, so it was pretty much a steal. Wimbledon boot sale was perfect for furniture and vintage finds, but from what I’ve heard it has unfortunately closed its doors. No need to worry though, there are plenty other great boot sales and charity shops to visit.
Our new guest bedroom only had an Ikea day bed in it, so I decided to be pretty brave with style and colours for this piece. I painted it using four different colours of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint: Antoinette (pastel pink), Antibes Green, Barcelona Orange and Pure (white). I also reused the original handles but had to spray paint them with “Direct to rust” metal paint from Hammerite in satin black.
I started painting the cabinet with two layers of pink and waited for it to dry. I, then, placed some masking tape to create geometric shapes. It took some precision to line the tape perfectly, but painting was super easy. I waited a few days and applied clear wax (also Annie Sloan) with a big brush and a clean white cloth.
I really like how sassy and fun looking it is. Geometric shapes, especially simple triangles, are perfect and easy to create. I styled the chest of drawers with a dandy looking vintage mannequin head from Battlesbridge Antique Centre, a record player and of course some house plants.