Friday 13 December 2013

Upcycled Christmas Tree Stand - Chalk Paint™ Makeover

Just a quick post today, I have been drooling over beautifully styled Christmas images on Pinterest and literally counting down the days to my new pro camera in the hope I can take similar shots (yes I know I have been talking about this for over a year but it is actually happening in 13 days). Meanwhile you, I will have to suffer my less than perfect images on my latest Chalk Paint™ makeover.

I inherited a small nest of tables from my mother, the smallest table was really too small to be practical and so I decided to use it to experiment with a different colour Chalk Paint™ and accidentally created the perfect stand for my wee Christmas tree.

For my Chalk Paint™ makeover, I didn't have time for step by step photos but the recipe for success was quite simple


Chalk Paint™ Chateau Grey
Chalk Paint™ Old White
Annie Sloan Brush
Annie Sloan Light wax
Annie Sloan dark wax

  • Wipe down your furniture to make sure it is clean and dust free 
  • I turned my table upside down and proceeded to paint the legs and side of the table in Chateau Grey
  • Once dry apply a second coat of Chateau Grey
  • When dry I stood the table right side up and painted the top with one coat of Chateau Grey
  •  I then painted 2 coats of Old White, allowing time to dry in between coats
  • I applied clear wax to the whole piece buffing it up well
  • I then applied dark wax in a circular motion to the top making sure to rub in well
  • I applied dark wax to the legs and sides rubbing in well and removing any excess
  • You can use light wax smeared on a cloth to remove any very dark stains that might not work
  • I then took a very fine piece of sandpaper and gently sanded the edges of the table where it would normally be worn. I did this randomly so that it didn't look too contrived
  • I then applied another thin layer of clear wax to my whole piece to seal the paint and then buffed it up till it shone beautifully

Hints & Tips:

I applied my wax with a cloth rubbing in a circular motion in small areas at a time. You can wipe off excess wax but I find that usually the first coat seems to soak in and it is not until I apply my second coat that I get a really good shine. 

My little table was perfect to stand my tree on and I am thrilled with yet another successful chalk paint makeover and looking forward to my next one.

I hope you enjoyed this quick  tutorial, looking over my photos I think I might just tackle the mirror with old white as the grey really doesn't suit my change of decor.

Lee oxo

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  1. Hi Lee, I just found you on The Dedicated House, you have a beautiful blog. I appreciate your style, beautiful without being overly done, you have a good eye for design. I look forward to following you! Thank you for the inspiration~

    1. Hi Kelly, Thank you for visiting and your kind comments, I hope you will enjoy my updates. I am purchasing a pro camera shortly and hope to be able to post my own lovely images next year as well as the fabulous inspiration I find on the internet.

      Lee :)

  2. Loving the Chateau Grey and White combo - your table is so pretty! Glad I found you over at the Make It Pretty Party.

    1. Thank you Marie, I do love the Chateau Grey it darkens once you add the wax and I think is has an authentic old look about it.

      Lee :)

  3. Just beautiful! You are one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and check out your feature. Here is the link to this week's party. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    1. Thank you Kathryn, I have linked up my latest post. I am a bit silly, probably the time of year, I thought you left the comment on my latest post and then realised after it was this one. I was thinking I had a problem with Blogger comments!

      Have a Merry Christmas


  4. Lee, the table is just gorgeous, love the color and aging effect. Great job!
    Wishing you a very happy and blessed holiday season!

    1. Thank you Patty for taking time to comment. I love the colour of the little table too, it came out quite good. I now have to finish the other three in the nest.

      Have a lovely Christmas and holiday


  5. Really love your heart tree and sweet table! Pinning:) Merry Christmas

    1. Thank you Michele, I hadn't finished the tree when I took those photos, it looks rather bland. I hope to have some gorgeous photos in the future as I have just got my DSLR camera and soooo excited.



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