Here we are with part two of my chalk paint dresser redo.
If you missed part one, you can go here to read the story behind this sweet little dresser.
I knew that I wanted to use chalk paint for this dresser and checked out Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to see if we could splurge on it. My lack of patience and cheapness left me in search of a home recipe.
I found several on Pinterest and decided to go with this recipe:
1/2 cup Plaster of Paris
1/2 cup of hot water
1 1/2 cups of flat paint
*Mix the hot water and Plaster of Paris together and then add your flat paint and mix*
This turned out great, I actually doubled the recipe for our dresser and didn't use exact measurements.
(again, I was too impatient and excited to get started!)
The paint was a bit runny and thinner than regular paint, so just be warned!
I went with Valspar "Urban Sunrise" flat paint.
I still want to try out Annie Sloan's chalk paint, I'm curious to see the difference!
I'm sure hers is just amazing!
Here is our dresser when we picked it up. It has a mirror that goes with it.
We ended up taking the mirror off because we are using this in Eli's nursery as his changing table.
For this piece I wanted to have the top of the dresser a very dark stain color to match Eli's crib. The crib color is Espresso so it needed to be pretty dark.
After removing the mirror and holder we began sanding the top of the dresser.
We had to really sand it down because of the oil stain that's on the lid
(Kinda hard to miss!)
We weren't able to get the stain out, but I just stained over this part very lightly and it ended up matching up with the rest of the stain.
After sanding only the top of the dresser down with 60 grit sandpaper
(using the sander-no hand sanding here!) I went back over it with a softer 120 grit sandpaper to make sure that it was really smooth and even.
Make sure that you do this! I have ended up with surfaces that are too rough because I didn't make sure that I was happy with the texture of the wood at this point.
-You want to be happy with the texture!-
I used Minwax Dark Walnut stain, I use this color for almost everything. I love how dark and rich it is!
I applied this stain twice, I just had to be very careful when I went over the oil stain so that it wasn't too dark over it the spot.
From here we applied the paint. Remember that I said it needed two coats, so we applied the paint twice.
I was really impressed with the different look that the chalk paint gave.
A flat finish and very vintage looking!
After the paint was dry I used the sander to distress the edges of the drawers and different areas that I wanted to show through.
We applied a couple of coats of polyurethane to the dresser and three coats to the top, letting them dry in between.
I picked up new knobs and handles at Lowes for about two or three dollars a piece.
Once everything was dry we moved it in!
Well, What do you think?
Do you have a special chalk paint recipe that I should try, or do you use Annie Sloan's chalk paint?
I would love to hear what you think!
any tips of tricks that you love to use?!