Sunday, June 1, 2014

Pink chalk paint dresser upgrade

A couple of months ago I picked up this vanity via Facebook and I couldn't wait to turn it into something adorable for Fish's room.  Someone suggested that I do a tutorial on painting furniture on my blog, so hopefully this will help! I'm not a professional, but this is how I have had the best luck with my furniture pieces in the past!
First, start by sanding the wood so the paint will adhere. I used a sanding sponge that I picked up at Wal-Mart for a few dollars. I love these things, in fact, this is probably by third sponge this year. This is also a good time to use wood filler to seal any holes. The old handles weren't the same size as the new handles I bought, so I had to fill holes and have the hubby drill new ones. Make sure to follow directions on the wood filler container!

When you are done sanding, wipe down the wood with a damp washcloth to get all of dust. Paint will stick best to a clean surface.

I used the time that the piece was drying off to mix up my paint. I used this recipe to throw together some homemade chalk paint. I used leftover pink paint from Rae's old bedroom. Get the recipe here: I use the Plaster of Paris Recipe

Tip: If you don't have paint tray liners, use some foil to line your tray. This helps makes cleanup a breeze!

Anyway, I painted all of the dresser drawers first.
Before I tackled the rest... Another tip: Use random pieces of wood to keep furniture off the ground while you are painting! This piece needed three coats before it was completely covered.
Once it is done, let it sit for 24-48 hours. The longer you go without using it, the better the paint will cure. The last thing you want to do is move it into it's new space, and find out your alarm clock stuck to the paint and peeled a bunch off. Believe me, you won't be happy. ;)
Here is the dresser in it's new home! She is in love and honestly, so am I! I hope this was helpful to someone! Good luck and let me know how your projects turn out!

More one update on Fish's big girl room will be on it's way this week! Stay tuned!

1 comment:

KT said...

Looks awesome!