But I finallllly finished it. Well, I shouldn't say it's finished, because I have some touch-ups I need to do. But it's done, for the most part! I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out, I think. I go back and forth on whether I like the color I chose. But eh, at the end of the day, I'm just glad I finished it!
I get real lazy with refinishing things, I don't like sanding things down and all the prep work that goes along with it. But recently I read all about chalk paint, and how well it covers pretty much any surface or material, with almost no prep work. Hallelujah! Seriously, right?
So I used some latex paint I already had at home. It's called Dolphin Fin (by Behr), and mixed up some of my own chalk paint!
This isn't so much a tutorial, but I will run you through the quick basics! :)
- Latex paint (color of your choice)
- Plastic paint buckets
- Plaster of Paris
- Stir sticks
- Plastic measuring cups (don't reuse for food)
- Cool water
- Paste Wax
CHALK FINISH PAINT RECIPE
Mix 1/3 cup of Plaster of Paris and 1/3 cup of cool water. Keep stirring until smooth. Add 1 cup of latex paint and mix thoroughly!
This recipe will make enough paint to cover a large dresser (like the one above). One thing about chalk paint is that you really aren't supposed to store & reuse it. So if you need a smaller amount for a smaller project, cut recipe down, but keep the proportions the same.
After I applied the chalk paint and let it dry completely, I used Minwax Finishing Wax Paste to finish and seal the project. There are a lot of fabulous tutorials online to get more in depth details about this process!
Lastly, I lightly spray painted the handles white. But made sure not to cover them entirely, so that I could achieve a distressed look.
And Viola! Now all I need to do is get the big huge mirror I saw at Ikea and hang it above the dresser and it'll be done! What do you think of the end result??