If you’ve been following along here for any time at all, you’ll probably know that I LOVE traditional dark wood furniture. But, I never loved the red undertones of the dresser in our master. Along with a bed and sofa, it was one of the very first things we bought for our home after the wedding. Fourteen years later it is still sturdy and has great lines. Not to mention, it provides a TON of much needed storage. I didn’t want to part with it so I finally, with Mother’s help, tackled painting it!
To keep it grounded in dark wood, I decided to leave the top unpainted. I also felt that this would give us a much more durable surface over the years. We use this dresser daily… multiple times a day… and you can usually find a watch, wallet, jewelry, and other paraphernalia deposited on the top. We simply taped off the top before getting started. The piece is really heavy, even without the drawers, so we slid it out from the wall, put a drop cloth under it and painted it right in the room.
We moved all of the drawers to the bathroom and kept their hardware separate to make it easy to put it back on. You never know when holes might have been drilled separately.
After mulling over all of Annie Sloan’s paint choices, I settled on Coco. The walls are gray (Benjamin Moore Pale Oak) but the curtains and bedding are linen. I thought the brown in Coco would be a nice compliment to the linen AND not make it just fade away into the wall.
Working with chalk paint is really a dream. We didn’t sand anything. Just got straight to work. Mother did the detailed work with a brush, and I rolled every possible flat surface with a smaller roller. We did two nice, generous coats and it was completely covered. We also gave it a coat of Annie Sloan’s clear wax. The whole project was done in ONE day. The wax went on around 7PM and the next morning Mother buffed it.
I couldn’t be happier with the results. No more red wood in this room :-)
My thoughts on chalk paint:
- You will paint your piece just as you would with any other pieces, but consider watching some videos on how to use the wax. And, speaking of wax, don’t skip that step.
- I don’t have any special brushes for the paint or the wax. Just nice quality regular paint brushes – one for paint and one for wax.
- Between coats, I put my paint brush and roller in a large zip top bag in the fridge. These projects can easily be done in a day and it saves you from having to wash and dry the brush multiple times.
- A little of this paint goes a long way. I used less than half of the can on this rather large piece. The wax also goes a long way. I have used less than half of my can of wax in the five years I’ve had it.
- I’ve used Annie Sloan’s paint on a few other pieces, including the dresser in Whit’s room and mirror in the den. Whit’s dresser has been in use for four years now and the chalk paint (clear wax) does not have a chip or scratch on it. I hope our dresser is just as durable!
- When I was working on the powder room update and painting that vanity, I decided to try Amy Howard’s one step paint. It ended up taking TWO cans ($$$) and FOUR coats to cover it. UGH! I guess I originally read one step paint to mean one coat paint. My bad. Overall, I find Annie Sloan’s MUCH easier to work with, even considering that I put a coat of wax on it too.
Coca was really the perfect choice with the linen bedding and new rug, and I love how much it brightened up that whole side of the room.
Next up on the list for this mini-update is the chandelier. Stay tuned!
- Gorgeous new rug with amazing patina
- Chalk paint on the dresser
- 2 simple steps to an antique gold chandelier finish
- The China Men
- Adding Blue Mikado accent plates for scale
- Flemish bedside chests
- Baby’s Bottom sheets
- DIY flower arranging tips from a novice
- Acrylic curtain rods
DIXIE DELIGHTS DELIVERED