I love the whole shabby chic painted pine furniture look. I think its a really easy and inexpensive way to achieve the shabby chic look. I’ve never done anything like this before, so I set myself the task of having a go to see how easy (or hard) it really was.
So my first trip was to B&Q for some paint, primer and sandpaper. There’s so much to choose from down the paint aisle, I got quite confused! However, in the end I opted for a B&Q own brand Interior and Exterior Wood Primer (in white, for all bare woods), and a Colours by B&Q One Coat Non Drip Satin for interior/exterior wood/metal in the colour Antique White. Then I bought a multi pack of sandpaper in various grades.
My next step was to Marchwood tip! You can always normally find some quite good random bits and bobs here – I was looking for anything wooden and smallish. And as luck would have it I found the below bread bin – and they charged me a whole pound to take it away!! Bargain.
So this is the bread bin (minus the lid) as it stood beforehand. I sanded it down with a medium sand paper (it said 150 on the back). I did originally start off with the most coarse (said 60 on the back), but this was way to rough and scratched the wood quite badly. Like most things, I figured that the key to a good finish was in the prep, so I spent quite a bit of time making sure it was all sanded down well.
I then painted it with a coat of the primer. This needed 24 hours to dry:
Then I painted it with one coat of my Antique White paint and voila!! I’m really pleased with the way it turned out, and it was really easy. The hardest part was sanding it down and painting it whilst trying to hold it at the same time! I definitely think that I’ll be doing more of this in the future.