How To Upcycle Your Furniture With A Pop Of Colour

Annie Sloan, chalk paint, furniture
Angela Bunt

Lifestyle Writer

May 12, 2020

In these difficult and harrowing times of Coronavirus quarantine, we all need an outlet for stress and anxiety.  We have become more aware of our interiors having been surrounded by them for weeks on end.

Your home may need some serious DIY, a few rooms painted or just the addition of pop of colour or two. 

If you enjoy creative pursuits and want something to help you relax and unwind, why not paint a piece of furniture? We all love instant gratification when decorating our home and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is perfect as it is so easy to use – no sanding or priming and you can paint any type of surface – wood, ceramic, glass, metal …..  There is a fantastic range of water-based low VOC (volatile organic compound) colours from which to choose. 

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If you haven’t attended an Annie Sloan workshop, there are plenty of tutorials on her website and You Tube to help you. Or you could start small and purchase her Mini Project Pack and upcycle something like a bedside table or even a tray or a vase.

Chalk paint, Annie Sloan

I’m living in a rental house here in Sydney and it really needed some additional storage in the dining room. Being a huge fan of Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan, I decided to upcycle an old brown sideboard in Annie Sloan’s stunning turquoise colour ‘Florence’. Look at the difference a coat of paint can make to a tired old piece of furniture!  I now have more storage and a showstopper pop of colour in the room.

I also needed additional countertop in the small kitchen so I bought two pieces of inexpensive Ikea furniture and painted them in complementary Annie Sloan greens. 

Just painting one piece of furniture in an accent colour can change the whole look of a room as it creates a focal point. I always advise my clients that if you are afraid of colour keep it below eye level, so a sideboard, stool or island are an ideal way to inject colour and personality into a room. 

You can buy Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan by going to her website and typing in your postcode to find your nearest stockist, most of which will have a website where you can purchase it online. See for more details.

The Carousel would like to thank Angela Bunt for her article. Her website is


By Angela Bunt

Lifestyle Writer

Angela Bunt is a lifestyle writer for The Carousel. She is also a Sydney-based interior decorator. Angela is a colour specialist and provides colour and styling workshops and full interior decorating and home styling services. Her website is



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