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Many moons ago I started a DIY project, painting a new dresser for my bedroom, and I finally finished it but then I forgot to take pics of the finished project. Typical Ricci move…LOL!! In my defense I did paint it one color, decide that I didn’t like it and then repainted it a different color. That’s a lot of painting.
Let me back and tell you that this summer I finally decided that I was tired of my bedroom furniture. I bought my bedroom suite right when I moved to central Arkansas a little over eight years ago and I have been a little bit “over” my black sleigh bed and matching furniture for some time now. I loved the style of furniture but I needed a new mattress and decided to upgrade from a queen set to a king and so I would red a new bed anyway so I decided to just get rid of everything and starts over!
It honestly felt really weird for a few days because I literally only had a bed in my room and no other furniture. I hadn’t really planned on what I wanted to put in there because I wanted to take my time instead of just going to a furniture store, picking something out and buying it.
So I bought this dresser from a neighbor and the mirror on a Facebook garage sale and decided to paint them! I had never painted furniture before but decided to go the chalk patin route since I wouldn’t have to sand or prep the furniture beforehand. Yes, my laziness factored into my decision on what to patin with. Plus chalk paint has a very little VOC so you can use it indoors. The paint I chose for this project was Maison Blanche’s Franciscan Gray and clear wax. It is the same type of paint I used in my home bar makeover!
Here is a before picture of my dresser and mirror…
…as you can see it had great potential!!
To me, the hardest part is prepping to paint. I hate having to tape everything off but it is a necessary evil. It seriously takes the longest but is so worth it in the end!
As you can see, I just laid out a plastic sheet on my living room floor and got to work. I watched a lot of Gilmore Girls while painting. HA!!
Here is after one coat of Franciscan Gray…
…and here is my finished mirror!
Now while I love this color, I did not love it when I got it in my bedroom. Plus I kind of forgot to paint the bottom and so it needed to repaint it anyway. So after a month or two of sitting in my room being silently hated I painted over the whole thing with Maison Blanche’s Maison White. It is a super bright color on it’s own but after it is painted over the gray it really softens it up. One more thing I love about chalk paint is that even after it’s been waxed you just give it a light sanding and repaint over it and it’s fine!!
So here is the final finished product…my new to me dresser and mirror!!
At one point I was going to paint the brass drawer pulls but I really like them up against the white!
So, do you like it?? I do!! And I am still seriously loving me some chalk paint!!
Have you ever painted with chalk paint??