As with all my upcycling projects, I started with a coat of Annie Sloan Paint in Old White. It’s when I’m dealing with large pieces of furniture like this one that I’m extra thankful for the likes of chalk paint. No need to spend hours sanding and prepping the wood, just slap the paint on!
I didn’t want the cabinet to be too white, so I decided on a slightly more cream topcoat. There are slim pickings when it comes to paint specifically designed for wood or furniture. Those that are available are usually a gloss or satin finish, and I was looking for something more matt. As much as I love Farrow and Ball, at £50 a tin, it seemed ridiculous to pay the same amount for paint as I had for the cabinet! In the end, I opted for Dairy Farm by Dulux’s Authentic Origins Range, which was half the price of its pricier competitors. As it’s been designed for use on walls, it was a lot thinner than I would have liked, so I needed two coats to get the right coverage and finish.