I am excited to share this next DIY project with you. I LOVE the way that this turned out!! It’s gorgeous with those crisp black lines and dusty, bluish chalk color.
Chalk paint really is revolutionizing home decor and design. It’s a craze for good reason, it makes for nice finishes and easier to keep and look clean.
What’s even more amazing is that this dresser was picked up from someone’s curbside trash.
My cousin, Greg, is the one that completed this project. It was his idea, his design and his work.
One day, he was driving by and saw that someone had thrown out this old, faded, damaged ugly dresser and he picked it up and took it home to give it a new life.
With a few supplies here’s what he did:
- Chalk paint in choice colors (he used FolkArt ‘home decor’ brand and Cascade color for the blueish and Maui Sand for the black lines). These dry to an ultra matte finish.
- Wax (FolkArt ‘home decor’ brand)
- Sandpaper (150 grit for a slight weathered look)
- Painter’s masking tape
Using this particular chalk paint makes home decor jobs much easier because it eliminates several steps in prep work and painting. With this particular paint, no priming or prep needed. You can paint over existing lacquer. And a heavily pigmented paint provides one coat coverage on most surfaces.
The trim lines were also chalk paint and done very carefully and methodically with masking tape. He made note of original lines first to try to replicate during the refinishing process. I personally love the lines as it gives the dresser even more character.
He was able to weather or age the chalk paint sandpaper. A simple extra step, but a great one!
Once it was fully painted and aged, he waited one day before applying the wax coat. You can brush on wax to add durability and protection to the finished project like he did here. It is a highly recommended step. Wax buffs to a soft glowing sheen.
In the end, you can turn trash worthy of the curb to a treasure worthy to a new life!
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