Upcycling Pine Furniture...

(38 Posts)
CuddyMum Sun 21-Apr-13 15:06:46

Now, because I am moving to a Victorian house and will be leaving my shiny gloss lifestyle (and fitted wardrobes) behind, I have a romantic notion that involves buying second hand pine or wooden furniture (wardrobes, dressing tables, desk etc) and transforming them with Annie Sloan type paint and new knobs. Am I mental? Will this be a good look? Has anyone done this? Tips and advice welcomed. grin

al88 Sun 21-Apr-13 15:19:17

I've done quite a few things - a wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside table, a couple of dining chairs.
I find you need to do a fair bit of sanding to get rid of as much of the old varnish as possible. Do several thin coats of paint as this gives a better finish than thick coats. Make sure its really clean before you get the paint out. Accept that it will never look perfect but will be unique and fab.
You've reminded me I've got an old desk in the garage that I've been thinking about doing for ages. I might get started on this later!

fussychica Sun 21-Apr-13 18:43:30

I've got quite a bit of old pine - I've sanded it and waxed it but not painted it. I know some people hate it but I still love it. As long as the design is fairly simple I think it looks great waxed or painted.

Think it can look great

ChippingInLovesSpring Sun 21-Apr-13 18:50:21

Annie Sloan paint is definitely your friend smile You don't need to do a thing to the furniture before you paint it (other than remove the dust), you certainly don't need to sand the varnish or give it many thin coats smile

Al88 you need to try Annie Sloan paint - then you can do away with all that faffing about grin

MadBusLady Sun 21-Apr-13 18:56:55

It can look great if you don't overdo it - mix it with unpainted wood. Also, don't scorn the modern stuff. I got a hideous mahogany veneered chipboard coffee table from a junk shop for twenty quid - probably MFI or something. But it had a perfect shape - oval top, curved legs, and looks amazing now it's painted (and yes AS is brilliant and faff-free). If the shape is right, I'd rather paint something newish and not particularly special than a lovely piece of older wood.

al88 Sun 21-Apr-13 19:01:27

Off to google Annie Sloan.....

There are some great ideas on Pinterest too

not pine related grin but im in the middle of doing my dressing table. i have had it for 23 years now and painted it black when i got it (went through my "black stage" at 8). i have painted 1 drawer white so far (due to weather) and it probably looks crap but blimey... it looks incredible compared to whats left now!

am quite proud grin

i plan to do a lot more. am also off to google that paint!

HeyYoniYoni Sun 21-Apr-13 19:17:57

I found the waxing after painting with Annie Sloan as much of a faff as sanding of priming would've been

I'd say you should get a good electric sander and use primer, that's what I've done with lots of things and they've all worn well

Barbabeau Sun 21-Apr-13 20:36:08

I did my daughter's chest of drawers recently. I used Habitat paint (who knew they did paint?) and added some new knobs. It looks really nice. I've also painted her Ikea step stool and will be customising it further with some wrapping paper to be stuck on with Mod Podge.

Both were boring pine and now they look really lovely.

I'm not sure how well the paint will wear so I may need to varnish over the top if it starts chipping.

I do this all the time and the results are lovely, I think.

Ebay is a great place to find nice knobs to update your painted furniture too.

CuddyMum Sun 21-Apr-13 20:45:33

Thank you everybody - so what wax do I use on top of the Annie Sloan paint?

HeavenlyYoni Sun 21-Apr-13 20:59:14

Shamelessly joining to find out about the wax paint!

MadBusLady Sun 21-Apr-13 21:09:52

Annie Sloan do their own wax. I just rub it on with a duster, then polish off the excess with the clean side. I am totally cackhanded and this seems to work fine. Table is getting a few marks now so I might try and strip the wax off and redo it - it's two years old.

CuddyMum Sun 21-Apr-13 21:13:17

Just thinking of surfaces that teenagers could destroy like bedside cabinets (wet circles from drinks and sticky stains from chocolate yoghurt) and of course make up on dressing tables. Is the wax sufficient or would I need a varnish?

ChippingInLovesSpring Sun 21-Apr-13 21:13:49

Annie Sloan clear wax.

I'm not sure why you found it a faff HeyYoniYoni?

All you do is use a soft cloth to apply it (if it's cold when you are doing it and the wax is 'heavy' you can warm it (on the cloth) with a hairdryer and it goes on lovely). Then you wipe over it with a clean cloth to remove the excess then when it's dry, if you want to, you buff it to the level of shine you want? How could it be any easier?

ChippingInLovesSpring Sun 21-Apr-13 21:14:36

Mad you don't need to take the wax off, you just put a coat over it smile

HeavenlyYoni Sun 21-Apr-13 21:15:23

Has anyone ever used wax on Farrow & Ball paint? And why is it good to put it on?

HeavenlyYoni Sun 21-Apr-13 21:15:38

Sorry OP, bit hi-jacky there!

ChippingInLovesSpring Sun 21-Apr-13 21:15:46

Cuddy you can use a varnish/laquer if you want but if you do 3 layers of wax (letting it really harden between coats) then you get a pretty good surface smile

awkwardsis Sun 21-Apr-13 21:17:31

I've done some great chests of drawers similarly, and a beautiful Art Deco dressing table. All were from junk shops and in far too dark a wood for my small home. You need to sand them really well, then a coat or two of primer, then whichever paint you choose. I didn't bother to wax or varnish as I liked the finish from just the paint. You can pick up certain things very very cheaply as darker, larger pieces have fallen out of fashion. Look at the shape though, rather than the finish. I adore my bedroom furniture and the whole lot cost far far less than even Ikea flatpacks and it looks lovely.

CuddyMum Sun 21-Apr-13 21:19:19

Hey, no problem Heavenly smile

I feel a new obsession coming on!

mrspaddy Sun 21-Apr-13 21:20:20

Hi there.. I sanded and sanded and sanded ... a pine dresser. Cleaned with white spirits and simply painted in a duck egg blue (eggshell) Farrow and Ball paint. Really happy with it.. two years on - easy to clean. Must try out the Annie stuff though.

HeyYoniYoni Sun 21-Apr-13 21:28:25

I'm not sure why you found it a faff HeyYoniYoni?

All the rubbing

Whether you're rubbing with sandpaper or rubbing with a cloth, rubbing is rubbing. At least you can buy a machine that sands

ChippingInLovesSpring Sun 21-Apr-13 21:32:04

But it's not really 'rubbing' it's just lightly buffing, it doesn't take anywhere near the effort that (manual) sanding does... <shrug> each to their own smile

CuddyMum Sun 21-Apr-13 22:22:25

I have a small electric sander but I hate the fuzzy feeling in my arm afterwards. I'm going to go with the wax method.

So, is Annie Sloan the best option? It's not cheap is it?

ChippingInLovesSpring Sun 21-Apr-13 22:50:38

Cuddy - yes Annie Sloan is the best option (IMO of course). You are right, it's not cheap, but it does go quite a long way and often you only need one coat (that depends on the piece & the look you want though). Even the small pots go a long way!

If you are planning on doing a lot of furniture the 5l wax is a good buy, but the 500ml is good to buy to try it out.

Because it is such good quality paint the colours mix really well - so you can make any colour you want to.

... and don't forget the hairdryer trick smile

CuddyMum Sun 21-Apr-13 23:07:38

Just been Googling the stockists smile

skandi1 Sun 21-Apr-13 23:26:55

No need for expensive Annie Sloan with limited colour options.

You can make your own chalk paint or even your own chalk primer which you can use on waxed or varnished furniture without sanding or stripping.

You need acrylic paint (either good old emulsion or eggshell or satin in your colour of choice). Then you need calcium carbonate. 1 kg of calcium carb will cost you a fiver.

You can also use plaster of Paris or even bicarbonate of soda.

You mix 1 part calcium carb (bicarbonate of soda or plaster of Paris) with two parts of acrylic paint.

I find mixing the powder with a little hot water first to make a smooth paste works best. Then add the paint.

I have recently painted two waxed oak bedside cabinets with farrow and ball eggshell without stripping or any sanding by using above method.

If you want to avoid the hassle of applying wax afterwards. Simply use the above recipe as a base coat (it sticks to almost anything even plastic and metal) and then apply two coats of F&B eggshell on top.

You get the lovely eggshell smooth
Finish and no waxing to be done.

If you prefer a more chalky shabby chic look then use emulsion mixture and apply wax and distress with sandpaper.

I have painted another set of waxed bedside cabinets not to long ago as above but I used bicarbonate of soda rather than chalk. It sticks even better than calcium carbonate but it need a bit of sanding after apply base coat of will not look smooth.

I have also painted a bed frame which was varnished using the calcium carb with F&B eggshell.

The finish is smooth and super durable.

I started using it after having paid a fortune for some dulux primer for
Difficult surfaces. It was utter rubbish. It cost more than the F&B paint and was supposed to adhere specifically well to varnished surfaces. Well it didn't. After two weeks it started chipping off.

Bedframe was done a couple of years ago and no chips at all despite the DC clambering around it

It's very easy and cheap and a much better finish than Annie Sloan. Not to mention less faff.

lolalotta Mon 22-Apr-13 06:38:09

I have used the DIY chalk paint method, I wasn't as happy with the results as real Annie Sloan paint. I find the AS paint goes along way anyway. You can thin it with water BTW, if you find it is going on a bit thick for your liking...it is really versatile stuff and fun to work with. Easy to distress too if you like that sort of look! smile

TheGirlOnTheLanding Mon 22-Apr-13 07:30:39

Ooh, painting without having to remove varnish you say? I've an ugly varnished pine blanket box that I bought planning to strip and wax about ten years ago but never got around to it. AS paint might be the very thing. I take it you can't just pick it up at B&Q though?

lolalotta Mon 22-Apr-13 13:32:07

Nope, the girl, can be tricky to get hold of and P&P can be expensive...if you go to the AS website, it will list stockists in your area...

CuddyMum Mon 22-Apr-13 15:40:19

and I believe that they will send you a hand painted sample card too. I think they sell the paint online too.

CuddyMum Mon 22-Apr-13 16:04:41

Hmm, was just doing a bit of Googling and found this:-


Comes in a very wide range of colours.

Anyone used this?

skandi1 Mon 22-Apr-13 16:37:04

Cuddy. Yes. I have tried their stuff as well. It's smoother than Annie Sloan and a similar price but with far more colour options.

I still prefer to make my own and use it as a primer and over coat with eggshell to save waxing and rubbing.

Ooh I have loads to paint & the price is pretty good tbh smile

ChippingInLovesSpring Mon 22-Apr-13 19:49:53

I have tried the autentico - but I didn't like it as much as the Annie Sloan and I certainly couldn't be bothered with the faff of making my own and definitely wouldn't use it on furniture I sell. I'm quite happy to pay for Annie Sloan paint, it goes a long way, it's top quality and as I said before, the colours are made from top quality stuff so the paint can be mixed to make pretty much any colour under the rainbow - so it's not at all limited. You can colour match it to furnishings etc.

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