After weeks of anxiety I needed a project to cheer me up. So on a toddler free day I managed to get most of this completed in between baby feeds and naps, so this really is a quick makeover of some mid-century furniture.
If you have never painted furniture before my best advice is – just go for it. Its a wonderfully cathartic process, up cycling furniture, and its something anyone can try.
You will need:
- Chalk paint – I’m using Annie Sloan which was previously gifted
- Brushes – any brushes will do
- Cloth for cleaning
- Fine sandpaper
- Masking tape
- Finishing Wax
Why Chalk Paint?
I personally love using any waterbed paint for furniture. But, there is one massive advantage to chalk paint – You can paint it on almost anything – with NO sanding or undercoat. That makes it way more fun and rewarding for fast up-cycling projects.
Preparation for Chalk Paint
- Clean the surface and dry
- Add masking tape to the areas you want paint free. I was going for a modern geometric design to breath life back into this mid-century bureau.
Chalk Painting Methods and Tips
- start with a thick coat of paint. Don’t worry about brush strokes and breaks, that the beauty of chalk paint, it doesn’t matter at this stage.
- Tip: if you want a really rustic finish paint I lots of different directions. If you want a slightly more finer finish (like I did here) paint in one direction.
- If you are creating strips in your paint work like I did here, you can paint straight over the masking tape, and when you peel it off later your design will be revealed.
- Re-coat once all the paint is touch dry.
- Tip: if you are in a rush you can use a hairdryer to speed things up!
- I recommend 3 coats to get the best coverage, although the Charlston Grey from Annie Sloan had amazing coverage and 2 coats might have been enough.
Chalk Painting the Inside of the Bureau
I opted for a yellow back and grey fold down door. You can paint the chalk paint on any surface, so I just painted directly over the old fake leather on the fold down door.
Sanding and Wax Finishing Chalk Paint
- After the final coat is dry, you can remove the masking tape.
- I give each painted section a quick sand to smooth the paint streaks out a little
- Tip: if you are doing dual colours like me, I recommend using different pieces of sandpaper for the different colours
- Hoover off any chalk dust
- Start waxing!
- I apply enough wax that the paint goes a slightly darker cover, as evenly as I can
- Buff off using a clean cloth
- The more you buff the shinier it gets, I prefer the matt look for me chalk paint so I just buff off excess.
And that’s it.