Sunday, 8 May 2011

Better do some work today

Put off starting work by making some lunch, but suppose I'd better get started. I have to make the most of my weekends.
Listed this chest of drawers on eBay last night and have already had some interest, 2 watchers and a question.

Gave it 2 coats of Annie Sloan "Old White" chalk paint, then waxed with Annie Sloan clear wax before distressing with med sand paper followed by some more wax which was buffed to a soft sheen. I also changed the handle as one of them had bits missing, love these art nouveau style ones I found on eBay!

My next project is a small side table I bought on eBay for £5. I thought I would try something different with this one as I don't just want to stick with the shabby chic style for everything I do. I picked up a gorgeous sample of Sophie Conran wallpaper in B&Q and decided to use for the top of the table. Lightly sanded and primed the whole piece, including the wee drawer, then painted in a black silk paint, but painted the inside of the drawer in a gorgeous red to match the paper. Still trying to decide on a handle for this piece, I bought an edwardian style red glass knob on eBay but still not sure about it. I will make up my mind when it is finished.


  1. Gosh, what an inspired idea to use wallpaper on the surface. It looks like it's laquered. Really gorgeous, Julie.
    Congratulations on your new blog too! Best, jo x

  2. Thanks Jo, have a lovely bureau to paint too, thinking of doing in Versailles and using paperchase paper on work area ;-) x