This little project may look like a NAIL, but it sure felt like a FAIL. I legit cussed at this dresser for weeks! I am glad it’s done & I am 100% happy with the end result. The process, however, can kiss my ass ;)
Let me tell you what I did & what I’d do differently next time; IF there’s a next time!
I’ve heard that chalk paint is “sooooo easy”. No stripping, no sanding, no priming etc. Sounds GREAT, right?! Thinking to myself I’d be able to finish it in one weekend—SYYYKE.
Annie Sloan brand chalk paint seems to be the most popular among DIY’ers. My brother’s girlfriend has used it on a couple pieces of furniture & hers turned out freaking GORGY!! She gave me all sorts of amazing tips! It takes 2 coats of chalk paint & no more (according to Annie Sloan brand).
I was impatient & didn’t want to wait for the Annie Sloan brand chalk paint to arrive by mail; it was the weekend & I wanted to get my project done! I used the next best thing—Valspar chalk paint. On their can, they do recommend light sanding (which Annie Sloan does not). I did what Valspar recommended.
I got to sanding my $25 Goodwill find!!
After sanding & making sure my piece was nice & clean, I applied my first coat of chalk paint!
1) It HARDLY covered (& I wasn’t being stingy).
2) Yellow streaks started appearing on my dresser.
3) I was now starting to shit my pants.
I let it dry & just crossed my fingers that the second coat would magically be better!! It wasn’t. Not only was the white not covering my dresser, the yellow streaks started getting worse. I quickly googled WTF YELLOW STREAKS ON PAINT *lol*. I was advised to let it dry completely, shellac it, & then apply more chalk paint over it once dry. That worked like a MF’ing dream!! Hallelujah & goodbye yellow streaks! When all was said & done… it took me SEVEN mother f’ing coats of chalk paint, two cans of shellac, & one can of sealing wax.
I know diddly squat about redoing furniture or woodworking, but daaaaamn this project sucked :( I must say though, in the end, it came out absolutely STUNNING!!
To sum it up here’s what I did to make this dresser a stunner :)
1) Light sanded my $25 dresser
2) Shellac’d & applied white chalk paint (seven coats, NBD *pffffft*)
3) Used a wax sealant
4) Kept hardware & just replaced knobs with new ones
5) Applied bright wallpaper to the sides of the drawers for some added kickass-ness!! Wallpaper from: https://www.spoonflower.com/
6) Covered the ugly peach marble with marble contact paper—worked gorgeously!
7) Added furniture legs to give height & amazingness!!
8) Cracked open the champagne because I was D O N E.
What I’d try differently next time:
1) No sanding
2) Use Annie Sloan chalk paint, not Valspar.
3) See what happens :)
Until next time!! Try not to be too discouraged after reading this awesome post ;) Ok ok, it might have been worth the effort. It does get quite the compliments <3
^^ Legs we added!! (queen anne style + bought off ebay for $7)
^^ What I will not be using again, unfortunately :(
^^ 1 coat......
^^ Yellow Streaks :( waah waaaahhhh
^^ mellow yellow
^^ 5 coats (& it looks better than it did in person haha)
AFTER: <3 <3 <3
^^ gorgeous marble contact paper!
^^ LOVE. this wallpaper!!!
It’s gorgeous! I’ve heard about chalk paint and appreciate the heads up on the brand!
Thank you Julie!! Yes, I'm very excited to try Annie Sloan next time. 2 coats 2 coats!! Haha :)
Omg so cute!!!!!!!! Amazing job and thank you for being so transparent about the new tips! I might try this...
Awww thanks!!! Heck yea, gotta say it like it is! I hope my tips help if you decide to try it! You totally should :)
Thanks Jen! <3
Beautiful work Katrina! Wow!
Thank you so much!! Worth ALL the hard work haha :)