From tatty trunk to black simplicity...

Last weekend, I suddenly went into one of those "I need to change something, anything" moods. I knew that my old wooden trunk - aka the coffee table - desperately needed a makeover and since it was a sunny day and I was able to have all the windows open, I decided to paint it. Just to go back a step, this is my coffee table because I live in a spatially challenged flat and that combined with the fact that I keep an awful lot of things (I call them props, Monsieur calls it stuff) means that I need to find storage wherever I can. However, I was a little sick of covering this trunk up with throws, runners and table cloths, hence giving it a completely new look was the way to go. 

Having done a fun course on painting furniture the week before (more of that another time), I set to work with my newly acquired Annie Sloan paints. I decided to first give it a coat of Paris Grey which I had to leave to dry before applying the second coat: a beautiful, velvety Charcoal. I knew exactly what look I was aiming for and was pleased when it looked exactly as I had imagined. The last step was to buff the whole thing with a coat of wax to give it a little sheen. In order to give it a slightly worn and not overly pristine look, I deliberately rubbed off a small amount of the dark paint in some places so that the lighter grey would show through. As I'm very impatient, I was rather pleased that I managed to do it all in an afternoon and could sit back, sip a glass of wine and admire my handiwork the same evening. Not bad for a bit of Sunday diy, right?