This has been on my ‘to do’ list for ooh well over a year. We inherited it from my father-in-law’s house after he passed away, along with other items that we either couldn’t part with emotionally or were just too gorgeous to to not find a home for e.g. Singer sewing machine table. This book case is solid. It isn’t an Ikea mdf special, I think my mother-in-law had it custom made. The only problem with it, is well, erm… the colour? It just didn’t go with anything.
I had seen lots of makeover, before and after pictures on Pinterest and the web in general and knew that there is a brand of chalk paint which claims you don’t need to do any major preparation before starting to paint wooden furniture. I was really sceptical about that, however I asked around, did a bit more research and decided to have a go. I didn’t have the mega-bucks to fork out for the top brand chalk paint (plus postage for a heavy tin of paint), and we had some heritage chalky emulsion leftover from a previous room.
So I went for it:
It looked awful:
I thought what a disaster I’ve made a right mess, but I let it dry, gave it another coat, felt rather happier that it was looking much better. After a third coat the next day it looked great. You can apply a layer of wax to give it more resilience, but as this wasn’t going to be in a high traffic area, I didn’t think it was necessary.