Shabby Chic Dressing Table


This Dressing Table is the latest of my miniature creations.

Dressing Table

I have found the Chalk Paint can be a bit thick for this small furniture, so this time I added some water to thin it down a bit.  I did have to use a few more coats but seemed to be better on the decorative legs.

Dressing Table

I used a charcoal black undercoat, and then a white top coat.  Having a dark undercoat made the white top coat a bit darker, but I think the effect is quite pleasing.

Dressing Table

I lined the drawers with some pretty floral material, and made new draw pulls out of beads and silver coloured pins.

Dressing Table

This piece has not been distressed as much as my others, I must admit, it was difficult I do tend to get carried away.  Once this furniture is sanded and waxed it has a smooth feel, even if some pieces look a bit rough.

Dressing Table



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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.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Alina N. Glez says:

    Beautiful. I absolutely love this shabby chic desk. I’d love it if you include tutorials on your blog! I’m following you!

  2. Jen says:

    Great work

  3. Jo says:

    Its beautiful, very nicely done.

  4. Mandy Judge says:

    Very nice work!

  5. susanwener says:

    Lovely piece! I’ve been using chalk paint/wax on miniature furniture for several years now after my friend started carrying it in her “full-sized” shop. What a difference in the finish! I would never go back to acrylic/craft (or especially latex).

    1. Lee Higgins says:

      Thank you. I love this paint, it covers so well, the wax finish is so much nicer than varnish, it gives it such a silky smooth finish.

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