I started upcycling old pieces of furniture after seeing a La De Da in Montpellier chalk painting furniture. Little did I know it would grow into a hobby.

I was given an old toy box which was in desperate need of TLC, I purchased my first can of Annie Solan Paint without planning or thinking which colour would go in my home. I just purchased the colour I liked them using, a pale pink and off I went.


The best thing about chalk paint is that it can be used on any furniture without it being sanded down and prepared for painting.

After completing this, I knew I had to do it again. As I was changing the bedroom to the colour schemes of yellow and grey, I went back to the shop and purchased Annie Solan’s English Yellow paint. This project would be serious and I was going to start out small by upcycling my sisters old directors chair. I had remnants fabric from Laura Ashley which would work perfectly for this project.


I started by using a damp cloth to wipe off any dust or dirt on the chair. Shake and then stir the paint, when you start painting your piece the paint dries quickly so you can tell if you need another coat. Make sure you have a good brush too. I finished the chair with a special wax sold by Annie Solan too, so seal and add shine to the wood.



My next stage was to make the fabric fit in the chair, so the sewing machine was dusted off and the completed piece….



I was so thrilled to how this turned out that I have purchased more pieces of furniture to upcycle. Including a cabinet which I want to use to store my shoes. As I have the wallpaper of this fabric, my plan is to paper the inside and paint the cabinet the same yellow. Maybe I’ll add lights for the ultimate girly shoe cabinet.





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