DIY: Dressing Table Makeover

I’ve discovered two things since starting this revamp-my-dressing-table project, almost six months ago. Firstly I haven’t sat at my dressing table since Elsie was born in August 2015. That right there is a good indication of just how much time I’ve spent, since becoming a mother, getting ready or even looking at my face in anything other than my car rear view mirror or my broken compact. Secondly, I’m absolutely useless when it comes to upcycling.

It all sounded like a wonderful idea at the time. My dressing table was one of my favourite pieces of furniture, but the dark pine wood just wouldn’t suit the style in our new home. So with money being tight, I couldn’t invest in a new one, but it is such a good piece of furniture that it seemed a shame to just get rid of it. So taking inspiration from one of my favourite home interior bloggers, The Home That Made Me, I thought I’d give it a little spruce up. How hard could it be?

DIY: Dressing Table Make Over

What You Will Need:

  • A piece of furniture– obvs.
  • A clean cloth and warm water (to clean furniture prior to painting)
  • Chalk Paint- I ordered the Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Chalk White from Amazon. It was cheaper than the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint but in hindsight, I wish I’d invested in the more expensive paint to make up for my crap painting skills.
  • Paint Brushes- and some white spirit for the cleaning up bit. Whoopie.
  • Wax- I used the Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax. It was easy to apply, bit whiffy but does the job. FYI wax isn’t runny, it’s rock hard. Who knew? Not me…
  • Wax Brush or Cloth– I purchased this Chalk Paint Wax Brush again from Amazon but found it quicker to use a clean white cloth or kitchen towel to apply the wax.
  • Drawer handles- A while back, Abodent got in touch and asked to work with me but at the time we were moving house. Abodent is a UK based company who sell an abundance of gorgeously unique cupboard and drawer knobs and coat hooks and thankfully they hadn’t forgotten about me by the time we finally moved into the house, (fifteen months later!) I spent ages mooching through their collection of ceramic and vintage drawer and cupboard knobs until I stumbled on these gorgeous Shining Star Glass Knobs which they so kindly sent me to review.

DIY Steps:

  • The chosen piece of furniture dissembled as much as possible, ie remove drawers, handles etc.
  • Only sand if desired. I didn’t have the time or the energy for this and the beauty of using Chalk Paint is that sanding isn’t necessary!
  • Clean furniture with warm water and a fresh cloth and dry.
  • Start painting! Try to keep the brush strokes with the grain of the wood as much as possible…she says now, the Hubster had to take over a bit to demonstrate.
  • Allow the first coat to dry. Chalk Paint dries fairly quickly. So if you have the time you might be able to squeeze in a second coat in the same day.
  • Distress is desired- I wanted a more clean look for my dressing table to blend in with our other white pieces of furniture as much as possible. So I skipped the distressing stage.
  • Wax- I found using kitchen towelling worked really well when applying the wax. Once the wax started to warm it was easy to apply and it gave a lovely shine to the furniture.
  • Finishing touches- my  Star Glass Drawer Knobs really finished off my project beautifully. They are sturdy, yet feminine and I know they will last a lifetime. I’m so pleased with them and they really do take the focus off my dodgy brush strokes and the stains from my eyeshadow that Elsie has already smudged into it!

So the whole process isn’t that difficult.  Prior to babies, I imagine that would have quite enjoyed it. But I’ve decided that I’m one of those people who is more than happy to venture out to Ikea. Struggle fitting several large awkward sized onto a dodgy trolley and into my car. Oh and later watch the Hubster sweat over putting together a perfectly good piece of flat packed furniture. The whole getting paint on my hands and waiting for it to dry just isn’t my thing.

We live and we learn and even though my furniture painting skills are pretty shocking, I’m very happy with how it’s turned out and that’s mostly down to the pretty handles that so kindly gifted me to help me complete my upcycle faff project.

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Thank you so much to Abodent for working with me on this project and for your patience in waiting for this post! 

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