Used Furniture Store
This dresser has been
around for quite awhile. It was actually purchased by my mom who intended on
refinishing it herself about ten years ago. It has been sitting in her garage
ever since. I recently purchased a new house and asked my mom if it would be
okay to use this piece as my first project--I knew it would look great in my
daughter's room. It had really nice detail and I wanted to give her a piece of
furniture with a story behind it.
I used Annie Sloan's
chalk paint in Old White. This was my first time using chalk paint so I wasn't
sure what to expect. It's all over the blogs we read so I at least wanted to
try it! It was so easy to apply-especially with the chalk paint brush that is
sold with it. I applied two coats (don't worry when you paint the first coat
and it looks so far from done--it gets better-I promise!) and it turned out
perfectly. It was a nice pure white matte finish. I loved it.
Annie Sloan also
sells a wax to use with the paint. The more I read the more I was convinced
this piece needed it. I didn't purchase the ASCP wax; instead I opted for a
wood wax found in the hardware store. I hated the yellow finish it gave the
dresser so I sanded it down and gave it a distressed look. It was better but
still not what I had envisioned. For Ella's princess dresser it needed
something more--pink and sparkle! I painted the drawers using Satin Ballet Pink
spray paint by Krylon and searched the craft drawer for glitter. I added
glitter to the top and drawers and VOILA-a magical princess dresser is born!
One last touch was to spray the original hardware with Hammered Gold spray
paint by Rustoleum. This is a great way to invent a new piece. If you have a
piece that you do not want to paint, but think it needs some sprucing up-try
replacing the existing knobs. Try this with your kitchen cabinets as well!
I love how amazing her
dresser looks at night. The dim light reflecting on the glitter is magical!
Sometimes it just takes
a little patience and a few tries to get the piece exactly how you want it.
Labels: chalk paint, dresser, kids rooms