Friday, June 27, 2014

Furniture Makeover Using Chalk Paint

I know there are so many furniture makeovers out there but let me tell you, when you see something that you like turn into something that you LOVE, you have to share it with the whole world!!!  That's how I'm feeling about this dresser right now!  It had such great bones but I didn't need it in my bedroom anymore and wanted to find a good spot for it.  We have a foyer in our house that's such an awkward size.  It's too small to make it a "formal" anything (dining room , or living room)  but too big to not have anything in there.  I'm still trying to decide... A couple of years ago, my husband and I built a barn door and that's helped this room A LOT!  It's now my favorite feature of my house!  Ok back to the subject at hand, the dresser, so I moved this hunker out here and it fits perfectly!  The problem is, it looked old.  And not the good kind of old.  

At first I was going to take out some of the drawers and put in some baskets, keep the top the way it was without painting it, but along the way, plans changed.  I couldn't decide which drawers I wanted to keep in and which ones I wanted to take out, so I decided to paint them all and make up my mind afterwards.  Well I fell in love with all of the drawers staying in, so that's how I'm keeping it!  After almost having the rest of the dresser painted but keeping the top in its natural state, I realized it really wasn't a pretty top... and the color clashed a little with my barn door.  So I decided that I was going to sand it down and re-stain it to mach the door.  After a while of sanding, I couldn't decide if I was super in love with that idea for all the time it was going to take.  I knew I would like it painted so I decided to just paint it!  Ok now you know my whole though process!
As with most of the world, I'm obsessed with chalk paint!  It's expensive to buy, so after a lot of research I started making my own.  (I'll make another post on my favorite chalk paint recipe)
I started by wiping my furniture down with a damp cloth to get rid of any dirt or dust.
Next I started painting!  I did about 3 coats on this baby.  The thing I love about chalk paint is no sanding!!!  I just took a damp rag and started scrubbing at places that the paint would naturally come off.

The next step was to wax it!  Make sure you either do this part outside or have all the doors and windows open!  It smells pretty strong.  Mom told me that this wax was what they use to use in the  "old days" to wax their floor.  

I really make sure to put a lot on!. This step makes sure your paint doesn't chip!  The wax will change the color a bit, so don't be surprised when you first put it on.  
I usually wait about a day to make sure it's completely dry before I do anything else with it.

I replaced the handles because I was missing one and I wanted to update it a little!  I found these babies at Hobby Lobby!  

And Viola!  I'm done!  I love the way it turned out!

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Work it Wednesday


  1. Beautiful! I loved it before and I love it after. :) Gorgeous piece!
    Kelly @ View Along the Way