Create an heirloom piece

The intricate detail on a once dilapidated sideboard has now been beautifully highlighted by a paint do-over.

Styling Marian van Wyk

You will need


• wood filler

• turpentine

• Annie Sloan paint 

- Old White 

- Duck Egg Blue 

• Stain Block (optional, available from Annie Sloan stockists)

Annie Sloan Clear Wax or Lacquer


artist’s paintbrush

• sponge roller and paint tray

• 180-grit sandpaper

• large brush for dusting

• cotton cloth, mutton cloth or an old T-shirt

Project notes

• When lightly sanding the carved detail, take into account those sections that would weather naturally over time.

• If you’d like to know what the end result will look like, follow the steps and do just one side of the sideboard first.


Here’s how..

1 Preparation Remove the old handles and fill the holes with wood filler. Allow to dry and sand to a smooth finish. 

2 Clean the wood thoroughly with a cloth soaked in turpentine. Apply a coat of Stain Block to the top to prevent residual furniture oil that has built up over the years from blotching.

3 Wait until the Stain Block has dried completely and then paint the sideboard with one coat of undiluted Annie Sloan in your chosen base colour; allow to dry. 

4 We applied Annie Sloan Old White with a small artist’s paintbrush on the carved details on the doors and drawers. Try to paint neatly within the lines; if you make a mistake, wipe it off immediately with a damp cloth before the paint dries.

5 Lightly sand the edges of the sideboard until you get the weathered look you desire. 

To finish: Dust off well with a clean, dry brush. Seal with Annie Sloan Lacquer or Annie Sloan Clear Wax. 

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