Friday, February 24, 2017

Old Dresser Turned Farmhouse Chic


Hello and happy Friday friends!  I got hit with a super icky cold this week which has been SO not fun.  I hope to get some good rest in this weekend and finally kick this nasty thing!

When I shared our Master Bedroom Makeover with you all last November I promised that I would share the tutorials for the many DIYs that went into this room.  I just never promised when haha.  It's taken a few months but today I am finally sharing the last one which is our dresser makeover!

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I didn't get a good before picture of the dresser but you can see it in this picture of our room prior to the makeover.  (You can't miss it--it's the big dark beast looming on the wall!)


I used to just hand sand anything I painted because most of my projects prior to this have been small.  But since this dresser is pretty big I decided to break down and finally buy an electric sander.   And I must admit that after using this gem I won't ever go back to hand sanding furniture again!

I got this one by Black and Decker and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it works despite the low price!  It took a task that I used to find daunting into something that gets done quickly and easily.


 
This is what it looked like after I sanded it down.  I was still trying to get used to using my new sander so I missed a few spots but it was okay since I was going to be using chalk paint and distressing it.

 
I talked about how I made my DIY Chalk Paint awhile back.  I simply mix up:
Here is what the dresser looked like after the first coat.  I used my small foam roller on the larger areas and then went back with a brush on the tighter spots that the roller couldn't reach.


(see that drip??!  Don't worry I got it after taking this picture haha)

I ended up doing a total of 3 coats.  This is how the drawers looked after the third coat.

 
I lightly hand sanded with some medium grid sandpaper between coats to get a smooth finish. 
 
The detachable mirror has a really pretty but intricate design at the top and since getting in all of those little spots would be annoying with a brush, I decided to spray paint it.  I used painter's tape to attach a garbage bag to the mirror.  This prevented most of the paint from hitting the mirror and in the few spots that it did I was able to wipe away with some acetone.
 


I first just used some flat white spray paint but it didn't match the dresser like I had hoped.  Then I found this Chalky Spraypaint by Krylon and it was perfect!


After my paint had dried I went back with the sandpaper and distressed both the dresser and the drawers which is definitely the most fun part!


And finally I gave everything a coat of my favorite wax--Chalky Clear Sealing Wax which both protects it and gives it the perfect amount of sheen.
 

This is how it turned out!



I am really glad that I decided to distress it.  It gives it such nice character and really helps achieve the farmhouse feel I was going for in this room.


And it is absolutely amazing how much bigger the room feels! 
 



I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!  Thanks for stopping by today :)
 
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14 comments:

  1. Angela, what a beautiful dresser! Lovely transformation. Thank you for sharing. Feel free to share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party which is currently live. Here is the link if you want to check it out. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2017/02/make-pretty-monday-week-208.html Hope to see you at the bash! Have a happy week! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Thank you Kathryn! I will swing by next Monday--thanks for the invite :)

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  2. I'll definitely take time to read these blog posts. I have already read first 3 blog posts. I found this blog very informative and interesting too.

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  3. This looks beautiful! I love the distressed look you gave it. And those two small baskets on the left are so adorable!

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    1. Thank you so much! I was so excited when I saw those baskets at Homegoods and just knew I had to have them even though I didn't know what to do with them. Turns out they hold my bed throw pillows perfectly :)

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  4. What an amazing makeover. I love the white, it makes a room look so fresh and clean. I'm pinning this post. I hope to makeover a few pieces this summer. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Thank you Rhonda and I'm glad I could help inspire you. It feels so amazing the refinish a piece yourself instead of buying new :)

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  5. I must admit I liked the "big dark beast" before you painted it, but do love how bright and fresh it is now. So glad I found you at the #HomeMattersParty !

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    1. Thank you! I loved it when I bought it but with how small our room is I was definitely ready for something brighter haha :)

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  6. What a transformation from such a dark dresser to white. I didn't know that was even possible. It looks wonderful and really brightens up the room. Definitely love that farmhouse style.
    Thank you for linking up with us at the #HomeMattersParty - we hope you will link up again at the next party on Friday.

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    1. Thank you so much Nicole--I love your awesome party :)

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  7. What a beautiful transformation. I will be featuring this at my Winter Blues Wednesday party (that I forgot to post last night with all the commotion with the blizzard). Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

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I appreciate all of your wonderful comments :)

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