In Pictures: Celtic Sustainables & Tatanne Bazaar furniture painting class

Last Saturday, we teamed up with Jennie of Tatanne Bazaar to host our very first shabby chic furniture painting class. It couldn’t have been any better. Jennie guided us through the process of turning a dull wooden object into something full of character, and each of our pieces had a wonderful new personality by 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

Take a look at the process in pictures:

Before and during…

Drawers before and during
Chest of drawers before and during painting…
Chest before and during
My ‘jumper chest’ before and during painting…
Chair before and during
Kitchen chair before and during painting…
Bedside table before and during
Bedside table before and during painting…
Dresser before and during
Dresser stand before and during painting…

 The painting process…

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Jennie advised everyone on their colours and helped to sand down the pieces before painting.
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After sanding and wiping down, Jennie gave us the techniques we needed to get the effects we wanted, and off we went…
Jennie wandered around between us all day, helping us get things right and letting us know when we were doing a good job.
Jennie wandered around between us all day, helping us get things right and letting us know when we’d got the hang of stuff.
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Thanks to Jennie’s forward-thinking, we had a hair dryer on hand to hurry things along.
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As we painted, we all found little details that we liked and which moved us away from our original plans. I didn’t want to lose these details around the edges of the chest, so I decided not to paint them yellow after all. Jennie says she never finishes a piece the way she imagined she would, so just go with whatever happens.
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After adding the base layers, we worked on the details like this standard lamp base.
We were shown how to 'shabby up' the furniture with a little sanding block or paper.
We were shown how to ‘shabby up’ the furniture with a little sanding block or paper.
The effect of the sanding made the pieces really come together, giving them greater character.
The effect of the sanding made the pieces really come together, giving them more character.
Jennie showed us how to stencil a simple design using the templates she supplied.
Jennie showed us how to stencil a simple design using her templates.
With a little dark wax, Jennie showed us how to age the piece.
With a little dark wax, Jennie showed us how to age the piece.

The results…

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The finished pieces!
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Some of us painted the insides of our pieces in contrasting colours to create a splash of colour when the furniture is opened.

Cake!

A little Gin & Tonic cake finished the day off nicely!
A little Gin & Tonic cake finished the day off nicely!

 What we used:

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