First things first, I looked at the newly painted retro wardrobe today and felt it was lacking something. It looked a little too prim and proper. I’m always slightly restrained when it comes to distressing my pieces, but they generally do look better with a bit of sanding here and there.
It just adds to the aged, slightly shabby vibe.
So today I rubbed around some of the edges and corners with a sanding sponge – didn’t go mad – and waxed a bit more. It’s fairly subtle, but I think (hope) an improvement.
Now on to the main event; I love how everyone seems to be embracing Annie Sloan or Autentico paint – even blending their own versions of chalkpaint – and giving neglected retro cupboards and vintage dressers everywhere a new lease of life.
But what do you think about slightly more antique furniture? Is that ever ok, to paint?
The reason I ask is because we have this neglected old Victorian blanket box.
We got it about 8 years ago and it cost about £100 then.
Buying it when we had a toddler and a baby on the way, for toy storage, probably wasn’t the best idea. Add a third son to the mix a couple of years later and… well suffice to say, it has probably had more use and abuse during its time with us than in all its decades before.
I’ve lost count of the times I’ve wiped yoghurt, Ribena, jam, ketchup, pesto, felt tip pens, poster paint (you get the picture) off its surface. It has been stood on and jumped off countless times.
We added a soft closer inside so that it wouldn’t bang down on any chubby little fingers. The lid had to be repaired another time.
To be fair, it was tending towards the shabbier end of the scale when we bought it – indeed that was part of its charm – but now it is simply crying out for some TLC, as you can clearly see.
I’ve just not had the courage to paint it, though, because of its age.
However today, I saw this…
A lovely rustic Victorian pine blanket box, which has been hand painted to give it a fresh new look. It is for sale in this lovely online boutique.
What would you do – paint a lovely soft shade? Or just sand it, wax it and leave it more natural?