Style Doctor: Dated dressers and kitchen chalkboards

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I have a large pine dresser in my dining kitchen that is looking slightly dated.

It is necessary, as it provides valuble storage space. I would like to paint it in order to revitalise it. Can you give me advice on how to go about this and what type of paint to use?

K Gallacher

A Interior designer Pat Elliott says, how you go about preparing and painting the dresser will depend on its existing finish. For example, if it is varnished you will need to sand it to provide a key, whereas if, currently, it has a waxed finish you will need to strip back to the wood.

For the best advice on painting furniture - and suitable paints - take a look at Annie Sloan’s excellent book ‘How to Paint Furniture’ (published by Collins & Brown) or go online to for tips from Conwy-based shop The Secret Garden.

Pat Elliott, The Borders Design House (07765 057 409,

Q I am looking for a whitewashed chalkboard for my kitchen. It doesn’t need to be particularly big, but I would like something that is in keeping with our fairly rustic country kitchen style.

T Thomson

A Online retailer Tilly & Rose has a pretty new whitewashed range just in that features a chalkboard with an ivory crackle glaze finish that might suit your kitchen scheme. It features a jute rope, chalk holder and note peg, and is 40cm x 30cm. It costs £37.95.

Tilly & Rose (