Tuesday

Quick Paint Update to a Dresser


This dresser is one of those items you remember having for the most part of your life, a great piece of furniture that you still think is a valuable piece, but you're not that crazy about it any longer.


Well, that's how Mr. RLC felt about this piece, he was very proud to bring this dresser to our almost empty new home 20 years ago, and he still likes it, but he was open to give it a needed update.  Besides taking off the mirror, nothing was done to it during all those years.  It is still a strong, sound piece that I like to keep in my bedroom.
The update was quick, just paint. I used chalk-paint, since I wanted a light distressed look. For this particular project I gave the home made chalk-paint a try, in favor of keeping costs down.
There are many recipes on the web for DIY chalk-paint, some of them like this one here, use calcium carbonate, while there are many others that use Plaster of Paris (POP), like this one here, or this one here the one I followed since I already had POP.

I used:
DIY-chalk-paint made by mixing regular paint (Valspar Dove white), with water and POP.
Annie Sloan dark wax
Annie Sloan clear wax
Sand paper

With tape I covered the top of the dresser from being painted.

I have tried ASCP and couldn't stop comparing my DIY version to hers. Well, I'm not disappointed ;)  Here is with only one coat.

Two coats and it was done.

A 280-grid sand paper was used to give it a light distressed look.  I used dark wax on all the crevices (it's hardly noticeable), but then clear wax was used all around the painted areas.

I did  the same to the handles.

Since I didn't paint the top of the dresser or the drawers, this was a very quick update.  For now I'm happy with how it looks, but who knows, maybe later on I might paint the whole thing.



Have you given DIY- chalk-paint a try? Do you want to share your recipe? Leave me your link in the comments section ;)

Thanks!


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31 comments :

  1. I've never tried chalk paint but this lovely simple update makes me want to!

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  2. It looks great! I still haven't tried chalk paint, but I have earmarked a few pieces of furniture to try it out.

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  3. Hello, I love how this dresser turned out. Such a simple change but what a difference it makes. I have a dresser that I am going to try this out on Thank you! One note about DIY chalk paint recipes, which I have done myself and was very happy with, adding POP or some other additive, doesn't make it true chalk paint. It is still Latex paint. For some people they use chalk or milk paints are they are allergic to latex or wish to be a bit greener in paint choices. Just thought your readers should have both sides of the story ;) (and no, I am NOT a chalk paint stockist :-D)

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  4. I soo want to try chalk paint. I will someday! I love the white with the wood tones! Good job my friend.

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  5. Thanks Tracie OB! That's so true, it's still Latex paint not a true chalk paint!

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  6. That sure changed the look of it from old to modern day. Nice job, Cristina. BTW- You DO know that you are No Reply when you leave a comment on blogs, right? Just know that I really appreciate your comments I just can't send you a thank you- xo Diana

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  7. Oooo. What a nice compromise. I love the combination of the beautiful wood and the paint. I would never change that!

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  8. I LOVE this transformation sooo much. I have been obsessed with the mixed wood/paint look for a while now, but I don't have any nice wooden pieces to paint. Yours turned out so beautifully. The paint brings out the details so nicely, but the wood grain on the flat front doors is to pretty to cover up. I adore this!

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  9. I love how this turned out! You did a great job and it looks beautiful!

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  10. Que lindo te quedo esa cómoda Cristina .. Adore la mezcla de madera natural y pintura blanca !,, muy elegante

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  11. it looks great! and thanks for the DIY chalk paint recipe!

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  12. Fabulous job. I love that you saved money with your home made version of chalk paint. Please let us know how it stands over time.

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  13. It looks great! I have yet to try it on furniture, I need to though! I love the combo of wood and paint!

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  14. It's perfect!!! What a great transformation - the details of the dresser stand out with a little paint don't you think? And this one has beautiful details :)
    XOXO

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  15. This is beautiful! I love the simple change that you made. The white and wood colors look so good together.

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  16. I like it! A little pop of white, and you can still that that beautiful wood grain! I'd love for you to share it at my first ever DIY:Done! link party at FlyingC-DIY.com. Its open now through Sunday, and I'll be partying every weekend! Hope to see you there!!

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  17. I think that it looks fantastic. And by painting the body of this dresser, it really shows off the quarter sawn oak drawers. Great job.

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  18. I love the way it came out! It is a wonderful way to give you current furniture an update. And thank you so much for referencing my chalk paint recipe!

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  19. I love how this turned out Cristina! I like the contrast between the wood and white. My favorite homemade chalkpaint uses the calcium carbonate. I ordered some from Amazon, after trying POP and like it so much more. Have a super weekend! ~Deborah

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  20. love the new look, i would love to feature the dresser, if this is ok please let me know,
    lauren

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  21. I love what you did to this old beauty. I think the wood grain is just too pretty to paint over entirely, this is perfect with just a pop of new life. Love the handles too. I have a dresser almost identical to this and it really needs a little something. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  22. Christina I really like how you painted this dresser - it looks quite lovely with the top and drawer fronts unpainted. Caught my eye over at the Wowza Weekend Party!
    ~Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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  23. You brought this piece to the modern ages Cristina! love the treatment you did! Love that you kept the "feel" of the furniture, with only minimal altering!

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  24. Great makeover. Love the two tone. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  25. The update is really nice. The two tone look breaks up the large expanse of wood.

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  26. Love this update...I have used homemade and store bought plaster/chalk paint and I do like it! But what I am drooling over is your little Lane box on the top of the dresser! If you check out my site you will see it is one of "my favorite things!" Always on the lookout for them! If you ever want to spruce it up, easily strip it with Formby's furniture refinisher or lacquer thinner, then just wipe it down with tung oil...AMAZING! Again, beautiful work! Beck at beckwithstreasures.com

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  27. Thanks Beck! I'm liking the homemade version, though I'm planning on doing a review on how the paint is holding up, perhaps at the end of the year. The little Lane box belongs to my husband, he has a small collection. Thanks so much for sharing how to spruce them! I think I'm going to do it :)

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  28. I haven't made chalk paint yet, but may have to give it a try. Your dresser is adorable. I just love how it came out.

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  29. Cristina your dresser is gorgeous! I always love the two-tone with white and wood. I'm featuring your dresser over on PowerofPaint.net this Sunday!

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