At Long Last

At long last, I have finally completed the project for which I originally purchased my Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue Chalk paint…nearly a year ago!

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I piddled around with a mirror, a frame, a monogram, a chair and odds and ends and finally bit the bullet and painted the dresser for the baby’s big boy room.  I’ve never re-done a piece of furniture like this and was terrified!  But boy am I glad I finally did it because 1) it was incredibly easy and pretty much fool proof and 2) I ADORE the new look.

I started with Honey’s childhood dresser.  It’s a solid, well made piece but the wood color didn’t go with the rest of my stuff.
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Here’s how it all went down…
1. I stripped the finish off the top by following the directions on the bottle of Stripper.  It took two rounds of it and was incredibly fast and easy.
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2. I sanded it down to a smooth finish using Honey’s handy dandy sander.
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3.  I applied two coats of Minwax stain in Jacobean, by following the directions on the can.  I love love love how this stain let all the character in the wood show through.  You really didn’t see it before and it’s just gorgeous!
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4. I applied two coats of  Minwax clear varnish in satin finish by following the package directions.  I did sand between them, as directed, using a block sander rather than Honey’s power tool.

5. Mother and I painted on two coats of Duck Egg Blue chalk paint to the body of the dresser and drawer fronts.

6. I waxed the dresser in Annie Sloan’s clear wax.  I did one good coat and buffed it to a nice sheen.

7. After it sat in my garage for a week to dry and harden up, we moved it to the baby’s room and I put on the gorgeous mercury glass knobs from Anthropologie.  I purchased them at the Howell Mill store in March with my birthday coupon.
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I could not be happier with the piece and, from start to finish, it took about a day and a half!

Oh oh oh… any of y’all tuning in to NBC’s new show Revolution??  The series premier was a nail biter and I cannot wait for the next episode to air tonight!!


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21 thoughts on “At Long Last

  1. What a beautiful job and great step-by-step directions. I may have to give it a try myself. I can't wait to see the full reveal. I love Revolution and looking forward to tonight's show 2.

  2. love it! That's a beauty! I just painted duck egg blue over a circa 1990 lane hope chest with a heart stenci1 pattern on it….I think miss amanda would approve :-) I didn't do the fancy stain on top, just all over with the AS paint. It is so easy breazy to use.

  3. it turned out beautiful amanda! i still haven't bit the bullet and bought the ASCP…might try my hand at making my own. i can't wait to see your big boy room….hubby is off this week and i've told him he's GOT to finish the headboard so i can upholster it and be D-O-N-E!

  4. So fantastic!! makes me want some duck egg blue and a dresser to mess with! congratulations on a wonderful project!! Donna White

  5. So pretty! I'm glad you took the plunge and painted this dresser! You did a wonderful job! I love the color combination with the Duck Egg Blue and the stained top and totally love those new knobs! Stopping over from Elizabeth and Co.


  6. Looks great! This might be a silly question but what makes chalk paint different from other paint and why would I want to use it? Thanks for explaining, I keep hearing about chalk paint but having seen why it is all the craze!

  7. Great job! I love that you left the top in the brown stain. I have a really old piece that needs to be painted and now I'm inspired to leave the top part stained. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Jordan, chalk paint is very easy to use and doesn't require sanding or priming on most pieces!! So it's quick and pretty fool proof. I also love the colors. Hope that helps :-) A

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