A shabby chic make-over

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This week I’m busy painting trim in our never ending hallway/stairway make-over.  But, I haven’t made nearly enough progress there to show anyone yet.  So, instead, I thought I’d share a little furniture re-do I finished earlier this week.

I ran across this antique piece at an auction a few months ago, & something about it drew me in.

Aside from being on the not-so-pretty side, it was in good condition & I knew with a little TLC it could be totally sweet.

I’d been waiting for the right project to come along to try out some Annie Sloan chalk paint & wax for quite some time & this seemed like the perfect fit.

Side note- I’ve been a HUGE fan of Shaunna’s for a while now.  Her projects are so inspiring & she’s such a sweet gal.  Her blog is one of my regular reads, I highly recommend it!

I ended up going with two coats of Old White for good coverage & applied one coat of soft wax on the top surface of the chest to protect the finish.  Before waxing, I distressed the entire piece, somewhat lightly, with a sanding block for that nice, shabby chic look.

Both the paint & the wax were extremely easy to work with.  They’ve definitely moved right to the top of my list of favorite products for refinishing furniture!

Here’s what it looked like after one coat of chalk paint…

And a little closer…

Ta Da!…

I’m thrilled with how this turned out!  I really think this would be a beautiful media stand, or could be used at the end of a bed for extra storage, or under a window like above, or in an entryway as a bench!  I just have a few ideas for it I guess. :)

This one is for sale however, I just don’t have room to keep all of my projects {sad, I know:(}.  If you’re interested, let me know!


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