thrifty dresser transformation with chalk paint

Over Christmas break I decided to be crazy and try to redo a dresser in my spare time, before all of my family came over. About halfway through this special little project, I realized my brain was obviously sleep deprived because I had forgotten just how long it takes to refinish a dresser by hand. ;)

A friend's sweet mom was moving and gave us this dresser last year because she knew it would be perfect for our house. And it is:




I've been digging the chalk paint lately, so I decided since the dresser was free, I would invest a little money in the hardware and paint! I went with Aubusson Blue from Annie Sloan:


When I put it on, I decided it was more blue than I wanted so I broke all the rules of painting with extremely expensive paint, and took out a $1 bottle of acrylic turquoise and added it to my paint bucket. It made it a tad more green, and it was good. :) Next time I'll be making my own chalk paint with my friend Hannah's recipe.

Here it is right after two coats and distressing, but before the dark waxing:


And after dark waxing {I have no idea whether I did it correctly, but I liked it}:


I liked the old handles, but with the blue I wanted something different since this will probably be the boys dresser when we redo their room. I didn't want to spend as much money as I did for the handles but the options in the size I needed were extremely limited and we were short on time, so I found both of these pull sets at Target:


I saved the old handles though, so I can always change my mind and move those industrial ones to the kitchen... ;)


After all was said and done, I spent about $65 in paint and handles for this project. Rob was extremely happy with the result, and I was too. It's a fun new shade of blue for our living room.


Have you ever redone a dresser with chalk paint?

Do you have a favorite place to buy cheap handles and knobs? {please share!!}

29 comments

Cynthia Bolt said...

I absolutely LOVE that chalk paint and that's one of my favorite colors looks amazing Mandy :)

bonniegetchell said...

It's super cute, Mandy! I'm definitely pinning it for later :)

-Bonnie @ Revolutionaries
www.revolutionariesblog.com

Anonymous said...

LOVE!!

Robin Kamp said...

I love the dresser and I do quite a bit of chalk painting, though I mix my own. I tend to get my knobs and handles at Hobby Lobby when they are 50% off. I love their styles, very reminiscent of Anthropologie but less expensive, (which is right up my frugal alley). I think you did wonderfully for $65.00. Sometimes, we need to think about the expense of purchasing something like your piece. That gives us perspective. At least, I know that I need to do that on occasion. You couldn't buy an inexpensive, faux wood dresser for that price. Beautiful work.

Anonymous said...

You are such a crafty person. I need you to come to my house and help me redo all the stuff I have. Your work is amazing and very inspiring.

Barbie said...

I have bought handles on Ebay for much cheaper than anywhere else

snowandlace said...

You did an awesome job, the dresser turned out lovely!

Liz said...

Love it! It looks so great, especially with your color scheme in the rest of your home. :)

Betsy said...

That is beautiful!

Life Between Potato and Rice said...

Looks beautiful !! The color looks great on it. You did a great job !!

Daenel T. said...

That dresser is beautiful. I have an old, thoughts not nearly as beautiful dresser at home that I'm thinking about redoing. I want to put it in the walk way but I'm kind of nervous about the process.

Mellissa Rose said...

Love it! I have never used chalk paint. We paint everything Behr semi-gloss white. Ha. Ebay is my 'go to' place for handles.

Mary said...

Beautiful!

Alexandra Consolver said...

So pretty! What a great idea! We got a junky old gray file cabinet from my husband's parents that was perfect for our space.. but I wanted something different, so we did just a black chalkboard spray paint and it turned out so well! Plus being able to label the drawers so quickly is nice. One big side faces out into the room and is fun to write notes & announcements on! :) -Alexandra

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shelly said...

I love it! It is gorgeous! question though...do you do chalk paint on things that you just want to look, well...chalky? Because I see so many things painted in chalk paint that I am sure they are not intending on truly using as a chalkboard. And why not save money and get distressed normal paint?

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh I love it!!! Love using chalk paint, have become a little obsessed with finding vintage furniture on craigslist or at thrift shop and redoing them, almost every room in our house has a chalk painted piece! Just tried dark wax for first time, a little scary but turned out well. Can't believe you mixed the two paints...annie Sloan would gasp! Kristen

Claudia said...

Love it all! Especially your creativity. Keep up the great work!!

heather holmes said...

Hobby Lobby is a great place to find a variety of knobs.

TrinaO said...

Love the dresser, the boots are nice just wish they were a size bigger!!! And the scarf love the color pick me my email address is trina.oconnor@ymail.com

Stephanie Toepel said...

This turned out beautiful! You did a fantastic job. Can you please explain why you decided to use chalk paint? What benefit does it have against regular paint and sandpaper distressing? I'm just curious. Yes, I've redone a dresser in a similar color as yours. I've also done a coffee table, dining table, media center and even a iron ornamental bed. Last week, the husband and I found four wooden dining chairs that needed a little bit of TLC. So, we have them at home now and they are in set-mode after being repaired. I plan to paint and distress them also. We are big into the shabby-chic beach distressed look.

I love your blog!!!

Mandy said...

I wanted to try it because it doesn't need any priming or sanding for the paint to cover. :) Plus, it looks good in one coat most of the time. It's the texture of the paint that feels different than traditional paint to me. It has a grab to it that makes it feel more antique? I'm not sure I wouldn't just try to make my own, but the AS works very well for a smooth, non-drippy, non-paint brush marked finish.

Mandy said...

LOL, I know right? I kind of can't believe it either! :P

Mandy said...

Chalkboard paint and chalk paint are actually two different things- chalk paint is a thicker consistency, supposedly more natural, vibrant {almost textured} everything paint, and chalkboard paint is very thin and stinky but allows you to write in chalk. :) You could totally just use normal paint over the chalk paint though, and or add plaster of paris to make your own chalk paint. I've never used chalk paint until this year, and the difference for me was that the chalk paint went on smoothly, didn't need primer, and covered very well, and it gave an antique look thanks to the wax/ {non-poly} finish. You can totally get a similar look with primer, flat paint and wax.

Mandy said...

that's my understanding of the differences from having used them both- I'd love to hear if anyone knows anything more specific?

Mandy said...

white is always a keeper! :D

Mandy said...

that is so true!! thank you for that!

Rizalyn Bolasco said...

Awesome! God bless you more Mandy!

Jinny La Bar said...

I LOVE it!!! I love the color too! I did my 1st project recently too!!! (It was on a curbside dresser I picked up.) I almost bought Martha Stewart's paint but remembered seeing some paint created by some locals in my area at the antique mall. http://www.lifeafterthirty-five.com/2014/02/project-review-update-on-dresser-by.html

Ruth@GraceLaced said...

I'm finally catching up a bit on your blog. I did aubusson a few months ago too, and mixed it in with some provencal. I was going for a little deeper teal, so I actually used some of the dark wax and it really deepened the look. Anyway, I did my huge dining table white. Really enjoy AS!