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Dressing Table Makeover

A while ago I showed you my old pine dressing table that was due for a re-vamp. Here’s a photo to jog your memory:

If you remember I decided to go with a lace pattern idea that I had seen on Kara Paslay Designs via Pinterest (seriously, this website is both inspiring and addictive!). So I gathered together my lace, my paint and my varnish and set about breathing life back into my dressing table.

First things first, one of the runners had broken on it so I got The Boy to give me a hand and fix a new one.

It couldn’t have been easier, you literally find a piece of pine the measurements you want in the store. They sell these pieces with the smaller dimensions in small quantities (I think it cost be about £1.50). Then measure it the length you want, cut it and then attach it in the place of the old one with a couple of small nails…voila! New runner:

Shiny new runner (down at the bottom) easy peasy!

So that the drawers would run on these smoothly, I waxed the runners using candle wax (I literally took a tea light out of it’s metal case and rubbed it on the runners, worked like a charm!)

The next job was to sand down the surface of the table. This is essential to provide a ‘key’ for the paint, to give it something to stick to. I used p80 grade of paper which is a medium grade and ideal for preparing wood for painting.

Above are the drawer fronts with two different types of sanding methods. The red one on the left is a piece of ordinary sand paper wrapped around a cork block. This is probably the cheapest way of using sand paper. The cork block is essential for sanding flat surfaces to make sure that they remain flat. The one on the right is a sanding sponge, these are easier to use and have a contoured edge for getting into the chamfered edges of wood. I find that, because they are sponge and have a bit of give to them, the sponges are a bit softer on your hands, but really they do exactly the same job.

After I had sanded it down I cleaned it to make sure it was free from the dust of the sanding (as this will stick in the paint and make the finish look lumpy). Now for the fun bit!

I decided to spray paint through the lace on both the drawer fronts and the top of the dressing table.

I just used the weight of the lace to keep it on the wood as it was quite a large piece with a good amount of weight to it. However the liquid from the spray paint caused the lace to ripple up. The effect of this rippling was that in some places the pattern was sharp and crisp and in other places it was slightly blurred, as if it were slightly out of focus. I didn’t foresee this happening and I didn’t really mind it, it softened the effect slightly. It is a personal taste thing though, The Boy suggested that it would be better sharper but I didn’t mind, so it’s up to you! What you could do would be to blue tack it down to the sides of the piece you were doing or use drawing pins to hold it in place. I don’t think that it would take much to hold it in place, so don’t pull it out too hard and risk distorting the pattern of your lace.

All dressed up!

So I sprayed through the lace on to the drawer fronts and the top of the table. I waited for about ten minutes until the paint was dry-ish (remember I have no patience!) and swiftly removed the lace in an upwards motion so’s not to disturb it if it was still wet. And this was the result:

It looks quite pale here in the daylight but the effect of the white against the pine is both delicate and striking. Once I had finished this I had to paint the rest of it white. I decided to use a primer on the piece because of the amount of yellowing that occurred the first time. Also, there are quite a few knots in the piece and these can ooze sap out into the paint and stain it. My father gave me a brilliant primer that would not only cover the yellowing and knots but also prevent either of them effecting the paintwork.

After allowing the primer to dry I applied two coats of a chalk white acrylic paint. I had originally wanted to use an actual chalk paint like those beautiful Annie Sloan ones that everyone uses on furniture for that ‘shabby chic’ look but finances and logistics being what they are, it didn’t work out. I’m really happy with the white I used though, it looks fresh but not clinical. And finally, I applied a clear varnish all over.

I used a spray because I had visions of applying the varnish with a brush and it smudging the lace pattern completely. I don’t know that this would happen but after all that hard work I decided to err on the side of caution!

And, I think you will agree, that it was worth it in the end:

From Plain Jane to Pretty Pretty…I can’t wait to do my hair and make-up sat at this! It will feel so glamorous!! What do you think? Have you tried spray painting through lace before? What have you done it on? I would love to see what other uses it could have!

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Dressing Table Ideas…

When I was at Uni my Mum helped me earn a few extra quid selling my old tat at a Car Boot Sale. It worked, we earned quite a bit but I came back with a car full of other people’s tat too!! The only thing that has survived that haul some six years ago was a dressing table. I spent a whole day stripping the orangey varnish off and another applying a limewash finish and Rennie Mackintosh handles to the drawers. Since then it has gathered dust and gradually turned orange again in my old bedroom at my parents house.

She could do with a bit of TLC

Pine ages in the sunlight to what is fetchingly referred to as a ‘cigarette yellow’ tone, as you can see mine is looking pretty orangey which I think is a little bit of the overhang from the old varnish as well as the sunlight. So, seeing as she has made the transit from the Shropshire countryside and finally been summoned to my house in London after all these years I think she is in need of a make over. What do you think?

I have got a few ideas. I’m definitely going for a white legs, wood top like this:

But I’m not sure that I want to go dark on the top. I like the light wood. We have light wood throughout the house on the kitchen sideboards, on the floors in the hallway and lounge, so I am thinking of keeping the top quite light.  But I don’t think I want to leave it just plain either.  I love these ideas using old French typography:

French Typography Side Table via Curbside Collector

But then I thought that what with all of the crap that I am going to be keeping on it, it might look a bit cluttered. Also, half of the words would be covered up and half revealed so that you wouldn’t get full impact of the text. What to do? I wanted a pattern, I thought about using Rennie Mackintosh as an inspiration as the handles are Mackintosh and I have a Mackintosh jewellery case. But again, I thought that this might be too much. Then I came across this beautiful idea…

Kara Paslay came up with the idea of spray painting through lace. This is genius, it is so feminine and delicate looking-perfect for a dressing table. I had no idea that it would look so pretty!!

So what I want to do is find a piece of lace with a pattern on as large as this one above. I have been scouting around on the net but not come up with anything so large so far. What I would like to do is spray the top white so that the pattern that comes through will be the wood (hopefully!). What do you think? What would you do? Have you had any experience doing anything like this? Any tips?

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