I have used chalk paint on most of my furniture, but when I started to sand down this desk, the wood under the varnish was lovely.



A clear wax bought out the rich colour of the wood, giving it a realy natural look.


The desk was given new handles a gold base with green seed beads, fixed with gold colour pins.  The drawers have been lined with green velor.


There is not a lot to say about this desk, it’s just a wonderful natural waxed wooden miniature.



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  1. Clean your chosen piece of furniture with white spirit, sand any rough areas, with a fine sandpaper. It is a good idea to remove and sand any furniture which is heavily varnished, also remove any residue glue around joints, enabling the paint will adhere better.
  2. Paint the entire piece in the base coat colour of chalk paint you have selected. When dry add a second coat of the same colour or a different one depending on the look you want to achieve.
  3. When the paint is dry, start sanding the areas that would naturally end up looking worn or distressed, corners, edges, sides of legs and tops of drawers. To get a nice smooth surface sand very gently all over the furniture.
  4. Finish with a layer of wax, [either clear or tinted, depending on the result you want.] this will enhance the paint, giving your furniture a lovely silky smooth finish. You can use varnish instead of wax, but I think wax gives a better finish.

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  1. Fiona Fox says:

    Just lovely – style, variation in ‘worn’ areas, beautiful knobs – well done!

    1. Lee Higgins says:

      The desk had quite a thick layer of varnish on it, and looked so nice when it was removed. It was too good to paint, so just used wax to bring out the colour of the wood.

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