Give Your Antique Furniture an Airy, Shabby Chic Look with Chalk-Style Paint!


Faye from Farm Life Best Life took this antique sideboard and gave it a light and airy, shabby chic makeover using the paint color ‘Elegance’, Limestone Glaze, and some Antiquing Wax!

Shab·by chic / NOUN: A style of interior decoration that uses furnishings that are or appear to be pleasantly old and slightly worn.

Love the shabby chic look? YA… so do I! A sweetly imperfected style that mixes antique furniture with pastel colours, lace and feminine florals. My SOFT & DREAMY kinda space! A look that embraces sweet imperfections, and highlights the beauty of aging gracefully. My TRUE & REAL kinda characteristics! ❤

I instantly know my kinda GALS when I meet them. And this ‘gal’ was certainly my kind when I came across ‘her’! Although somewhat disheveled, she just needed a friend she could count on. A friend that would see past ‘her’ imperfections, and embrace ‘her’ hidden beauties.

Old wood sideboard before furniture paint transformation

My transformation process with my gal:

  • Removed original hardware and found some spares I had on hand for missing knobs ~ and began pondering whether to polish or paint
  • Removed dreadful green velvet and repaired broken middle drawer ~ I do love green… but NOT in the form of velvet lined drawers
  • Lightly sanded down entire piece ~ to remove flaking finish and to prepare for product adhesion
  • Thoroughly vacuumed and washed entire piece ~ certainly required before transforming any piece of preloved furniture
  • Applied 2 coats of Country Chic Paint in the colour ‘Elegance’ to the entire piece ~ a graceful and stylish delicate blue-grey tone
  • Sanded entire piece down for a buttery smooth and slightly distressed finish ~ for the farmhouse chic look I adore and always strive for
  • Applied 2 coats of Country Chic Paint ‘All-In-One Decor Paint’ in the colour ‘Vanilla Frosting’ to the hardware ~ my forever go-to farmhouse white
  • Applied 1 coat of Varathane’s ‘Diamond Wood Finish’ (water-based, satin) to the entire piece and hardware ~ to achieve a crystal clear, water-resistant, and highly durable finish
  • Applied Country Chic Paint Furniture Glaze in the colour ‘Limestone’ to the entire piece ~ to heighten the distress, and add more depth
  • Applied another coat of Varathane’s ‘Diamond Wood Finish’ (water-based, satin) to the entire piece ~ necessary before wax application (after glaze), and for even more protection
  • Applied Country Chic Paint Antiquing Wax to the entire piece and hardware, putting emphasis on the detailed areas ~ to accentuate the charm, and add some aging depth
  • Applied Country Chic Paint Hemp Oil to the interior cupboards and drawers to brighten and rejuvenate ~ 100% all-natural sustainably sourced from Canadian farmers

Before and after transformation of old wood buffet painted with dusty blue furniture paint

A shabby chic buffet that oozes elegance, age and charm. A restored and transformed soft and dreamy piece that will play a shining role in ones home or cottage. Placed against subdued and neutral decor elements, this calm and bright piece will offer the sweetest and most charming radiance as a: Foyer Statement Piece, Lavatory Vanity, Hallway Accent, Dining Buffet, Bedroom Furnishing, Living Room Sideboard. Pleasantly old, slightly worn, and precisely my kinda gal.

Antique shabby chic buffet sideboard painted with dusty blue furniture paint furniture glaze and antiquing wax

I hope you visit again! My farmlifebestlife awaits more simple living, generous loving and constant learning — graced with an abundance of country chic character and sweet imperfections, both for me and for YOU! ❤

To see more examples of furniture transformations using glaze, click here.

Leave a comment below to tell us what you think of this light and airy shabby chic sideboard transformation!


Faye {Farm Life Best Life}

Hi I’m Faye ~ Farm Wife, Mom, Furniture & Decor Restorer. I have been blessed with a life of simple living, generous loving, and constant learning — my Farm Life Best Life!

My family and I live, love and work on our farm in the heart of Manitoba CANADA — amidst wide-open spaces, cattle grazing and heart-dropping prairie sunsets.

I spend every spare moment I can beg, borrow or steal — restoring and transforming furniture & decor from sad and bleak to farmhouse chic!

Filling OUR home, and creating pieces for YOU with country chic character and sweet imperfections!

Make sure to follow Faye on her blog, Farm Life Best Life. You can also find her on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook!


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