Wednesday, October 3, 2012

diy chalk paint & and fresh-faced dresser

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katie and i ran across this dresser at a yard sale.  i think we swiped it for $15 or $20...mirror and all.  we decided it was cheap enough to try out some diy chalk paint on.  here's what she looked like before i got ahold of it:

i ran across a recipe for chalk paint on pinterest and i am so sorry, but i wrote it down and don't have the source.  here's what it calls for:
1 1/2 c paint
1/2 c hot water
1/2 c plaster of paris

dissolve plaster of paris in hot water, then mix in the paint.  the paint that i used is olympic misty surf.

i love, love all the detail on this piece, but that mirror was ridiculous to tape off!  it took me longer than anything else.  after i taped it off, i mixed up my chalk paint.
*side note: chalk paint does not require sanding....yes!
*another side note: when you are using chalk paint, mix in a container with a lid.  this stuff dries super fast and will get as hard as a rock.  not that i have any experience with that.... :)

the chalk paint covers so great.  it only took me two coats with no sanding.  after the second coat dried, i used minwax paste finishing wax for a clear protective coat.

i just love it!  so gorgeous. :)  so my first run with chalk paint was a success...try it out!





  1. Beautiful! What a gorgeous piece.

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  3. Oh wow! I turned out great! I love finding inexpensive old pieces and transforming them. You have such a cute blog - I found you via the Wednesday Swap and I am excited to follow you. Come one over and check me out too :)


  4. such a great job! well done and thanks for sharing :-)

  5. Why would one use chalk paint? I've never heard of it but would love to learn more,

  6. Wow...this looks amazing! I love it! New follower from the blog hop!

  7. Stopping by from the "Follow Me Wednesday"!
    Cute blog! :) New follower!

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  8. So pretty- I have so many pieces I want to do this to.

    1. Thanks Gina! It really is a great way to transform a piece.

  9. Definitely a success! It looks great! Isn't it amazing what a little bit of paint can do? Thanks for linking up to the CHQ blog hop! Hope to see you back again next week!

  10. Love the re-do and the tutorial! The shabby white look you obtained turned this piece into ooh, la la! Found you on Beyond The Picket Fence and I am now a follower! I'd love you to stop by sometime and enter my "Paris Mondays" monthly giveaway or just to say hi! Bonjour, Pam

  11. Such a cool dresser. That mirror is incredible and I totally get the pain of taping such things off. I just had a similar experience with trying to tape a raised pattern on a little bedside table. Hours and hours to deal with that. Still your result is what counts, of course, and it is fabulous! Congratulations on the great yard sale find and a sweet little makeover!

  12. This is so pretty! I want a dresser exactly like that for my new bedroom. Love it.

  13. So pretty! I love making homemade chalk paint too!

  14. What a beautiful transformation! Thanks for sharing this at the Open House party.

  15. What a gorgeous piece. The after is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow.

  16. What a steal! I saw something similar at our local thrift store for $200!!! It looks amazing!! Great job!! =) Deanna

  17. I'm in LOVE with this dresser, and especially that amazingly intricate mirror, a pain to tape off yes---worth it? I bet YES! Great job, following you now so I can keep up with your fabulousness!

    Thanks for joining the fun at Keep Calm and Link Up! Make sure to come back next Friday to see if you were featured!

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    1. Thanks Barbara. We fell in love with all the details in this piece and couldn't pass up the great deal.

  18. Oh may, it looks FABULOUS in white. Well done! So good in fact, that I'd like to invite you to come link it up with us....

  19. looks so great! i've been doing a few painted dressers and tables lately.. so fun!

  20. I can't believe how cheap you got this for! It has such beautiful lines--love the shape of the mirrors! the recipe you got for chalk paint sounds just about like the recipe I always use. Love that I have discovered chalk to try milk paint!

  21. great job and glad that you gave the recipe! I got that recipe from "2ndEssence"blogspot ..hope this helps give credit since you had forgotten where you saw the recipe
    new follower here :)

  22. That is beautiful! I'm nervous to try my own chalk paint but I think this step by step will be a great guide. So, thank you!

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