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As soon as I saw this vintage piece of furniture lying around in my mother-in-law’s basement. I fell in love with it and very lucky she gave it to me and my partner when we bought our first home.

Since then he has followed us everywhere, but this is the first time that I can really say he has found his place!

Moreover, we can say that he has lived many lives this piece of furniture: TV cabinet in 50-60, bar in 70-80 through storage cabinet and toy box with the arrival of my first child … In short , he had a lot of experience before I started his makeover and proudly installed him in my new dining room!

vintage furniture - before

The products used

Polish cleanser and makeup remover

Night chalk based paint

Natural beeswax

Oval brush

Wallpaper (of your choice)

Sandblasting block

Sandblaster and paper 60

vintage furniture

Step 1 – We erase and start again!

Who says several lives, says several coats of paint! Brown, beige, white, yellow… There was definitely a lot of prep work to do and a lot of hours of work ahead of me!

So, I started with the first step and not the least: sand the top… I absolutely wanted to find the raw wood even though I knew it would not be easy.

60 grit sandpaper (yes, yes 60… nothing less). Electric sandblaster in hand and a good 3 hours of arm juice later, I finally had the desired result. I let you imagine the state of my workshop which was literally overflowing with dust!

For the rest of the furniture, I cleaned thoroughly with Colorantic makeup remover to properly prepare the surface and I sanded lightly with 120 grit.

Step 2 – We give a new look

Then comes the fun part: painting! I brushed on three coats of Colorantic Night chalk paint, taking the trouble to sand gently between each coat.

Step 3 – The final touch …

For the finish, I put a wallpaper in the back of the cabinet to create a WOW effect. I also dared, for the first time, to apply Colorantic transparent natural wax.

Usually I work with the matte polish, but I wanted to try a new product.

Well, first experience requires, I put too much wax and the furniture took a good full month before it was totally dry. But in the end, the result was still superb …

I actually liked the finish that the wax provides even though, I admit it. I prefer to work with Colorantic matte varnish.

Today, with the purchase of a new home, this vintage piece of furniture is now an integral part of my dining room. I love its vintage chic side and I absolutely don’t miss the days when it was bright yellow and overflowing with my kids’ toys!

I would eventually like to add a wooden shelf to it to display my collection of vintage glasses and vases which, for the moment, is stored on the top floor due to lack of space!

Peggy Bourque-Ouellet