I am really excited to share my sideboard makeover with you. I think it is a truly amazing transformation.
Years ago when all that Indonesian/Balinese style furniture was everywhere (I think it still is), I bought a mahogany stained sideboard or entertainment unit. I’ve been considering painting it for years but I knew it would be a big job with all those bars and drawers.
Over the years large splits formed in the top as the timber dried.
Still, the piece had potential. It was a good size, had plenty of storage, and had some nice detailing.
I had read all about Annie Sloan chalk paint on overseas blogs and had been waiting and waiting for it to be available in Australia, and at Easter I was able to get some from Sandy at Paint Me White. I bought two tins of Pure White chalk paint and a tin of clear wax.
With Annie Sloan chalk paint, there’s no need to sand or prime so I knew I didn’t need to sand it but I was worried about the mahogany stain, so I gave the whole sideboard a coat of Zissner 123. As the paint dried, the stain came bleeding through. Then again after the second coat. Finally after 3 coats of primer/sealer, the stain seemed to be blocked and was no longer seeping through. What a lot of work!!! Next I gave it two coats of Pure White chalk paint. The tin says normally one coat is enough, but often when you paint something white you need an extra coat.
I gave the whole unit a coat of clear wax to protect the paintwork. All the handles and locks were an antique brass colour so I spray painted them matt black and screwed them back on.
I think it looks amazing. Have a look at the before and after.
Do you want to know the best bit? After I posted a photo of this on instagram saying how much work it was, Annie Sloan herself sent me a message on twitter. So to save all that hard work next time, this is Annie’s advice;
Paint one coat of chalk paint, then paint a coat of shellac which will dry in minutes, that should seal it. Then paint again.
I will definitely be doing this with another piece of furniture that I want to paint.
So for the moment, I am enjoying my blue and white china on my newly painted sideboard, but I think I’ll enjoy it even more in the new house.