I have a busy couple of weeks ahead of me.
In a fortnight I will be a guest speaker at the Grand Designs Live Show in London.
I'm really scared as I have never done anything like this before and am worried I'm going to mess up!
I plan on speaking on blogging and the huge amount of talent and inspiration which is freely available in the world of blogging plus giving furniture a new lease of life with paint.
We have a cupboard in our dining room which we brought back from London with us almost 14 years ago. When we moved here I decided to paint it green and used a paint specifically for furniture and mixed the colour myself.
I then sanded back areas which would have had a lot of wear and tear and applied a dark oak wax.
We plan on replacing this cupboard with a purpose built open shelving unit as I want to have our plates, dishes and glassware within easy reach. Until then I decided to change the look of the cupboard a little.
I've been wanting to try Annie Sloan's chalk paint since I read about it on Miss Mustard Seed and Perfectly Imperfect so tried it out on this cupboard.
I painted the whole cupboard in old white.
This paint doesn't need any primer and dries really quickly.
I should have sanded it first though to remove the old wax as it showed through the first coat.
I sanded it back a lot and gave it a second coat, then I sanded parts right back to distress it a little.
Both the old green paint and the original wood were exposed. I really like this effect.
I then applied clear finishing wax to the whole cupboard and a dark jacobean oak shade of wax to the exposed areas.
Not so much a facelift, more a touch of botox for this tired old piece of furniture!
This cupboard will never win any beauty contests but is a very useful and practical place to house all my interiors books.
...And the dining room looks a little brighter now.
I'm linking this up to Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday