For a long time now I have been looking for a dressing table and haven’t been able to find one until I saw one at the end of a driveway with a ‘for sale’ sign attached, I couldn’t believe my luck as the current owner only wanted £20 for it.
I couldn’t wait to give it a new lease of life and decided to strip the varnish off and paint the drawers of the dressing table to match a chest of drawers I had previously completed.
I also managed to find a stool (for £1.00!!!) at a local boot-fair. It didn’t look much at all but its nothing a fresh coat of paint can’t fix.
To start I used Liberon Fine Wood Stripper to remove the old varnish (this is my go-to product for removing finishes such as varnishes).
After I had stripped all of the old varnish off I went over the surfaces with my sander to make sure all traces of the previous finish were removed.
I chose Dulux Quick Dry Interior Satinwood Paint in Mineral Mist to match my existing chest of drawers, I love the pale blue colour of it.
I originally intended to only paint the drawer fronts and leave the rest of the wood visible and treat with Liberon Quick Drying Tung Oil, but I didn’t like this so I decided to paint all the wood apart from the top, the result of this was so much better as you will see later in this post.
Back to the stool; after I had given it a good clean I roughed the surface up with 150g Sand Paper to give me a key to apply the new paint. Whilst the paint was drying I cut a piece of 2.5 inch foam and covered it with gorgeous Vintage Rose Blue Fabric from Dunelm to complement the blue paint.
There was a slight gap between the seat and the stool so I created some beading to fill the gap.
The trim was the perfect finishing touch to the stool.
I replaced the wooden drawer handles with ceramic crackle effect handles I found on Ebay.
I am so happy with the end result. It’s so nice to have created somewhere to sit for a bit of “me time”. I saved so much money buying second hand furniture and refinishing it myself. All in all I spent a total of £50.00 including the fabric and paint. Even though it took me a few days (stealing an hour or two here and there), its so satisfying knowing you have tailored it to your own taste and style. I highly recommend it.