Shabby Chic- with Annie Sloan

Hi guys,

We all have or know someone that has an old cabinet or dresser right??

I am no different… When we moved to the new house my colleague gave me his old cabinet that he had in the living room for over 20 years. Now please don’t take me wrong, the cabinet is lovely and would look good in a retro style living room, however as you all know I am an IKEA type girl and I like white things… So after getting a lot of ‘hate’ (I’m being dramatic)-dislike towards the idea, I decided to paint the cabinet.

I researched a lot of furniture refurbishments on Pinterest and of course jumped on the Shabby Chic wagon like many others. After a good few weeks of reading and research I figured buying Annie Sloan paint would be the best idea, especially that we have a local shop that sells it (YAYY- Happy Fil !). 

So what is Shabby chic and chalk paint?? Let me try to explain. It is NOT chalk board paint! (please do not mix up) Chalk paint is a furniture paint that can go straight over any type of surface without having to prepare or sand off the previous coat. Now of course you can sand down the top layer of an old cabinet, and it is recommended especially if it is bumpy and uneven and you wanted a perfect finish. (As you will see from the pictures below I just went ahead and applied the paint straight to the cabinet-I’m a rebel!) Chalk paint is WATER based therefore no issues of using it inside and therefore no great need for ventilation. It also dries extremely quickly.

So basically it is not necessary to sand the surface first, however it is highly recommended that you use either a clear or dark wax (clear wax will just look the same applied to the colour, the dark wax will make it darker..simple.) Waxing the surface is great since it protects the surface from water etc. Please bare in mind that I do recommend making sure windows are open when you apply the wax as it can get a little smelly. I definitely thought waxing is an essential step for me since the cabinet will hold my plates, glasses and pots, that usually come straight out of the dishwasher. Didn’t quite fancy the idea of all the paint rubbing off on my wet plates and pots- YUCK. 


A few weeks ago I visited the shop and decided to go for the ‘Pure White‘ chalk paint. I have also purchased a soft clear wax and a large flat brush. I was all set for my first ever painting project. (I also purchased a small tester tub of the Charcoal colour for details and trims and the legs of the cabinet)

Now that I had all my tools I could start painting. 

First step was to tape all my windows and mirrors around, as even though it is a water based paint and I’m sure it would wash off rather easily, I didn’t want the faf. (My lovely neighbour Sarah helped doing the tape bit and some of the painting as I am not too crafty)

So here I go – first ever painting project of any kind.. It started off great. The paint was so so so easy to apply and just glided on the cabinet surface even though it was a highly waxed shiny wood. I was so impressed and just could not stop painting. At the end I applied only 2 coats and I was very impressed with the results. 

Time to wax!!! You can buy special wax brushes which are very helpful to apply the product (which is actually really soft and extremely easy to use) or you can use a cloth. I opted for a cloth and didn’t think buying another brush was necessary. So I just dipped the cloth into the wax and rubbed it around the DRY paint on the cabinet. It made it have a kind of wet look which did make me worried, however it has dried matte over night. 

I have seen projects where people distress their paint by using a fine sandpaper around the edges etc, however I was really really happy with the result and wanted to keep it that way.

That is it really guys. The paint is holding up fine and I think it is well worth the money. I would have sold or got rid of the cabinet however now I look at it with pride everyday (I’m a bit sad aren’t I? -who cares)

Please see my pictures of the big transformation below 🙂

shabby chic Annie Sloan

If you have enjoyed reading this and my project please give it a like below and if you have done a similar project link it into the comments I would love to see them.

Thanks for reading,

Love, Fil x



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