Really Ugly Wardrobe Gets a Makeover

Catherine Di Placido
by Catherine Di Placido
2 Materials
4 Hours
In our wee house in the hills between Rome and Naples, we had an accumulation of extremely ugly furniture sent from Edinburgh when space in our home there became very sparse. 4 young kids had seen to that! My mother in law had a thing about ugly wardrobes and couldn't bear to think they were being binned, so they ended up here.
Once the children were all grown and my mother in law sadly gone,
I felt a cull was in order, however when I looked past the extremely ugly golden veneer and saw that the shape was actually quite attractive, I thought "I'll give it a go and I can always get rid of it, if it doesn't work out".
This is what happened next.
All I had to do to start was clean it with soap and vinegar and remove the brass-ware from the front of the wardrobe.
It was painted with a chalk paint that I mixed myself using some water based paint that I found here in Italy, some calcium carbonate and water.
I let it dry, gave it another coat, then contoured the edges and the fancy edgings with a dark wax from Annie Sloan.
Suffice to say I won't be binning it after all!
I got one of those key tassels from John Lewis when I was back in Edinburgh and brought it back to Italy to finish off the whole project.
Job done! It now sits in our hallway holding cleaning products in a much prettier way that they were being stored before!
Here she is, standing pretty!
Suggested materials:
  • Homemade chalk paint
  • Dark wax   (Annie Sloan)
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