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Country Living Spring Fair Day 2 - A Beautiful Handpainted Antique Oak Washstand

By Clementene Coates, Mar 20 2015 08:40AM

Thursday was the second and longest day of the Country Living Spring Fair. The doors opened to visitors at 10am and stayed open until 9pm for 'Gala Evening' which is a relaxed affair where visitors peruse all of the wonderful exhibitors at their leisure whilst enjoying a glass (or two!) of complimentary wine.

It was another early start for me as I was champing at the bit to get my paint brushes out again to finish off the gorgeous oak wash stand.

A number of visitors wanted to know about my paintbrushes. They're 'Picasso' paint brushes by 'Proform' and they're great for using with this type of water-based paint.

First, I painted the outside of the drawers in another layer of 'Deep Teal' paint from the Country Living and Marston & Langinger palette. Then, I painted the inside of the drawers in the cool 'Polar Blue' paint also from the same range. For the Teal coloured paints I used the Interior Eggshell, whilst I opted for the Chalky Matt for the Polar Blue.

After applying a second coat of the latter I waited for the paint to dry completely before 'distressing' the edges with a little sandpaper to give the piece a natural weatherworn look.

I then rubbed a little gold leaf gilding wax onto the antique brass handles to make them pop against the dark teal coloured paint.

All in all I used approximately a quarter of a litre of the Deep Teal paint, an eighth of the Chalky Matt and a minimal amount of the Teal which I used just around the edges of the piece.

For a final flourish I added a stunning long gold tassel which I attached to one of the handles.

Here she is, the finished piece, a gorgeous up-cycled antique oak wash stand. If you're at the Country Living Spring Fair drop by and enter the competition to win this stunning piece.

Still much more furniture left to paint tomorrow. I have a number of chairs and a chest of drawers, which I will be painting between Friday and Sunday. So, if you're coming to the fair, be sure to pop by and say hello and remember, if you're here on Sunday I will be a guest speaker in the Country Living Lifestyle Theatre answering your questions on how to select the right paint colour.

If you can't make it and you want a piece of furniture which looks like this, get in touch with me via my contact page. For more information on commissions visit my bespoke furniture commissions page.

If you’re interested in trying your hand at painting furniture yourself, please read my older posts where you can find my handy hints and tips on painting and caring for your own hand painted furniture.

Please read the rest of my posts from the Country Living Spring Fair 2015

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