18 December 2014

Dresser Renovation - Before & After

You probably don't remember, but a while ago, I posted a picture of a dresser that I got on Craigslist. The plan was to make my own chalk paint and refinish the dresser for our bedroom. But I kinda have a habit of getting really gung-ho about a project and starting it right away, and then leaving it for months unfinished. Just ask my Husband, it's a problem. lol.

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! :) 

SUPPLIES
  • 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??

18 comments:

Andi said...

That turned out gorgeous! I love the idea of upcycling things instead of getting rid of them!

Yaitza Bueno said...

the dresser looks incredible... well done

Alyssa Zapinski said...

Way to go! I love DIYs and renovations on old furniture and making it look so beautiful and up to date. <3

Cara W said...

Mandy you did an awesome job! Chalk paint mixed with Latex? That's so clever! Thank you for sharing your post! It's a fantastic DIY project and your dresser looks amazing. :) - Cara of http://StylishGeekBlog.com

Marie Luciano said...

Looks fantastic!

Angelic Sinova said...

Oh my goodness, I've always wanted a white dresser that looks like that! It came out amazing <3

Jamie F said...

That is a very pretty dresser and I do love the color you choose...great job girl!

shelbyclarkeblog said...

That looks awesome! I really want to redo my dressers but I keep finding excuses not to.

Kiara Buechler said...

It looks fabulous!

Gretchen said...

You're taking sign ups to complete my furniture projects, right? :)

Cousin Becky said...

Wow. That is so pretty.. I wish I had extra time to start and finish a project of that magnitude.

Emily Jamison said...

That is so pretty! I love white furniture, it always looks so chic!

Bianca @ The Pierogie Mama said...

This is beautiful! Would love some close ups if you ever think to revisit this post :)

Heather // Rhinos to Rugrats said...

WOW! That turned out so beautiful! Nice work!!!!

R Eyre said...

Oh my golly I love what you have done to it. I am thinking of doing something similar to this old dresser that I have. Thanks for the inspo. Rosie x
www.rosedogandco.blogspot.com.au

Laura Elizabeth said...

You may say you're lazy, but this piece is so pretty! Love how it turned out!

Laina Turner said...

I am so not handy with DIY stuff. Love this look. I have so many pieces of furniture I could improve if I had your talent:)

Alex Bumptobaby said...

I'd love to be good at things like this. It looks so pretty, I love it! x