Annie Sloan Sideboard Makeover

Annie Sloan Sideboard Makeover

I am really excited to share my sideboard makeover with you.  I think it is a truly amazing transformation.

White Sideboard

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.

Indonesian Sideboard

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.

Indonesian Sideboard Detail

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.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

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.

White Sideboard 2

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.

Black drawer rings

I think it looks amazing.  Have a look at the before and after.

Mahogany Sideboard \before

White Sideboard 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.

Blue White China bird


White Sideboard Chalk 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.


Sharing at Shabby Art Boutique, French Country Cottage, Miss Mustard Seed, My Romantic Home, Natasha In Oz


  1. Great makeover, looks amazing. Did you use a spraygun? ;-)

    • No Jenny, I used a brush. The Annie Sloan paint is lovely to work with but is too thick and chalky to run through a spray gun. Best tackled with a paint brush. You will love painting with it.

  2. It looks incredible! You did a wonderful job-your patience well and truly paid off, big time! And a personal message from the lady herself??? Wow!!!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  3. That’s a fantastic transformation! I think you’ll appreciate it more too knowing how much work you put into it, well done. I’ll have to put down the spray can and try this paint sometime ;)

  4. How gorgeous is that! I am busting at the chops to try out the Annie Sloan paint. I just have to find the perfect project … or sideboard, cause now I totally want one like yours xx

  5. Looks beautiful!!!!
    I must try some Annie Sloan paint soon!

  6. Nothing quite beats white furniture! You have done an amazing job, Kylie! I love it!! Having painted quite a bit of furniture white, myself, my next project is our bed, tall boy and 2 bedsides….might take me 3 years!

    • Don’t worry I’ve been wanting to paint this sideboard for nearly 3 years. Sometimes you just have to wait for the right moment don’t you?

  7. Catherine Lynn says:

    This is just wonderful Kylie! i have a bookshelf (small one) and a large sideboard in that balinese type style that i was thinking of getting rid of but now i am inspired to do exactly what you did! the top also is splitting due to the wood drying out so i can mend that and paint it. Lovely for my new 1930s Queenslander now that i am actioning Hamptons Style decorating! Cathyx

    • You go for it Cathy. I used white woodfill to fill the cracks. I found it easiest just to spread it with a wet finger – no high tech equipment necessary. Am liking the sound of your Hamptons style 1930′s Queenslander. You’ll have to email me some photos one day. xx

      • Catherine Lynn says:

        Kylie hubby says that the dark funiture with the white sofas and armchairs looks fine. He is concerned about too much white in the living room. In keeping with the Hamptons style i think he is probably right. With dark timber floors and big rug in the room it does all look good so i might leave things the way they are. Dying to paint it though!

  8. It looks so much better now Kylie. I love that Ms. Sloan personally sent you some tips too!
    Cas x

  9. Wow, I love how this turned out. It looks fabulous. I like the blue and white pieces.
    I will have to remember the tip from Anne Sloan.
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

  10. Hello,
    This is really pretty. YOu did a fantastic job on that piece. Love those blue and white jars!


  11. stunning kylie what an amazing job! I have 2 x bedside tables identical to your dresser which I would love to paint like this…when annie says shellac does she mean you don’t need to prime if you do this??? or still prime….can’t wait to try this.
    Bec x

  12. Sensational, Kylie! Ooh, what a labour of love. So worth it, though. And that advice is fabulous. J x

  13. hi Kylie – it looks just stunning – I am about to do some Pure White painting myself so it’s good to see how lovely and bright white it turns out. great advice re the bleed through. it’s such a pain, isnt it. Your sideboard has turned out so beautifully – it looks amazing how you have styled it.
    so much hard work, right there.
    Fiona x

  14. mary o sullivan says:

    Hi I have mahogany units and cream wallpaper so I want to change the units as they are so dark but don’t think I should go cream can you suggest another colour


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