TV unit upcycle { Adventures in chalk paint}

So, I’ve been busy here at No. 49 giving our TV unit a new lease of life and I’m so pleased with how it’s turned out!

Our old TV unit was the perfect size for our apartment but since moving to No. 49, and having more room, it looked really small and lost in the space and more like dolls furniture! I was on the hunt for a more substantial corner unit and I did have my eye on the gorgeous  Padstow  range of painted furniture by M&S  but at £379 for this cabinet, it was way out of our price range.

Padstow TV unit
Padstow TV Cabinet by M&S

We had already spent a lot of our budget for the living room on new wallpaper, sofas and a fireplace and needed to reign in the spending on other items. As a purse-friendly alternative, we started looking on Ebay and in charity shops for cheaper, pre-loved options.

Pine TV unit

We bought this TV unit for £20 from a local charity shop. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was just what we were looking for. (We also snapped up an incredible butchers block for £25 but more about that another time!) We were after a corner unit and I loved the carved detail either side, the brass handle and the bun feet. I did not like the orange pine though! 

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Pine unit brass handle

 

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Soft woods like pine make ideal upcycling projects so it was nothing a little paint couldn’t sort out. I’d been on an Annie Sloan painting workshop (a birthday present from Adam, didn’t he do well!) which was a great introduction to using chalk paint and the variety of techniques and finishes you can achieve. It was both an enjoyable and informative experience as I got to paint a stool, a mirror and a chair under the guidance of an expert which gave me the confidence to try out a larger project of my own.

Visit the Annie Sloan website  for information on workshops in your area. 

I chose the shade ‘Original’ which is a warm, slightly creamy, soft white. A bit of a cop-out colour for me I know but with Farrow & Ball’s ‘Stone Blue’ on three walls in the living room (the real star of the show) I didn’t want anything competing with such a saturated colour.

Annie Sloan Original chalk paint

Favouring a “less is more” approach, I lightly distressed the edges using sandpaper. I’ve found that when distressing paint, the key to achieving a natural look is to remove the paint in areas where natural wear and tear would occur i.e raised areas, corners, edges and areas around handles or knobs. I have seen pieces of painted furniture which have been sanded and distressed to within an inch of its life and I think this look can be quite forced and artificial looking.

I used two coats of clear wax to give protection and durability and a little dark wax to define the carved details.

TV unit

Pine TV unit 1

TV unit after

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TV unit 3

So there you go! Have you ever used chalk paint to upcycle a piece of furniture? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

4 thoughts on “TV unit upcycle { Adventures in chalk paint}

    1. Love it ! The before and after pics are amazing .
      I’ve been using the Annie Sloan Chalk paint too here in Australia.
      Had so much fun with it and loved the results it created. Best of all it was quick and easy as I hate painting usually. I could just basically slap it on and it was dry in no time. I went mad with it and painted nearly all the furniture in our house !

      1. Thank you for your lovely feedback Lisa and for sharing your experiences with chalk paint, it sounds like the furniture painting trend has really gone global! I’m so glad you have had some fun and found it simple to use and yes, I can see how people really get the bug for this kind of thing as I must admit, I keep looking around the house for the next piece that could get the Annie Sloan treatment!

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