Wednesday, 18 December 2013

My New Dressing Table!!!

Hi everyone.  I know this isn't a Christmas post but I couldn't wait any longer to share it with you so I hope you don't mind :-)

I had been looking for the perfect dressing table for months.  I knew I wanted a silver dressing table and was originally looking at the mirrored furniture options, after being sent two seperate ones which both broke in transit I decided that wasn't going to happen without spending £500 so making my own was the way forward.

A couple of months ago I bought this old wooden dressing table from a charity furniture place.  I wasn't sure it was exactly what I was looking for but it was only £12.50 and was a great size to fit all my vanity products in and on.  So I thought what the heck I will give it a go!!

To be honest I had no idea what I was doing because I had never done anything like this before.

I started by lightly sanding the table with an electric sander and spraying on the Ronseal all surface quick drying Primer.

after a coat of primer and 1 coat of silver paint

Now it was on to the silver paint. I tried out a few like plasti-kote but they didn't give the courage I was looking for.  After spending some time at B & Q I chose the Craig & Rose metallic silver paint and used a small paint pad to apply 2 coats.  I did try applying the paint with a brush but found that it looked really uneven because of the brush strokes.

Then it was time for the antiquing effect.  After a lot of searching I came upon the Annie Sloan Dark wax.  I asked the lady at the Annie Sloan stockist if it would work with the silver paint rather than the Annie Sloan Chalk paint, unfortunately she was less than helpful but I decided to take the risk and give it a go anyway :-)

And I am so happy to say it worked!! I totally loved spending time working the wax in to the dressing table and creating the look I wanted.  I used the Annie Sloan large wax brush and an old cloth.

For a final touch I changed the handles to these lovely glass ones et voila!

What do you think lovelies?

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  1. It turned out really good! I like it!

  2. This looks just wonderful!!! I admire work you put into that!!! :-D It was lovely to meet you today.

  3. Ashly, I love the table, you did an amazing job... WOW... I love refinishing items... you out did yourself girl :)

  4. That looks fabulous, hard to believe it is even the same item x

  5. THIS <3 you did such a good job, I would literally love a dressing table like this! Such a good find xxx

  6. aaah, pretty! Where did you get this from? I saw one lsimilar to this at 'somebody cares' but it was nowhere near that bargainious!

    Jodi x


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