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I’m so excited to share the fresh, fun makeover of my baby girl’s dresser with you today! When the weather gets nice outside, I get the itch to re-do things in my house. Are you the same? I can easily work out in the garage with the door up without freezing to death, let in some air, and the paint dries so quickly! I love it!
My first DIY furniture upcycle of the season was this:
I absolutely adore how it turned out. It’s so bright and cheery and it’s pink. Enough said. 🙂
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this dresser before I took to it. If not, here it is again.
It had been on my “to do” list for a while, so I finally buckled down and gave it a new look with the help of the amazing new Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paints. What I love most about them is that I didn’t have to sand or prep my dresser before I began the painting process. I call that winning!
The dresser was a hand-me-down from my in-laws soon after my husband and I were married. It had previously belonged to his younger sister. There were pen markings on it and some dings in the wood…you know, the usual stuff that happens to a kid’s dresser. 🙂
It was so special, when we pulled the drawers out while in the process of moving into our new home, we found a crumpled, sweet note that his sister had written, along with a picture she’d drawn in the first grade for her teacher. It was fun to reminisce about cute little Chelsea who’s not so little anymore. She’s all grown up and headed off to college after the summer! How time flies!
As you can imagine, the dresser is precious to us, and I would never get rid of it. Not to mention, it’s a solid and high-quality piece of furniture. However, it was definitely in need of an update. So I grabbed some Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paints and tackled the fun DIY project!
I opted for a two-toned look. I used “Innocence” (pink) and “Everlasting” (white), along with Americana® Decor™ Creme Wax (in clear) for a nice finishing outer coat. You can find Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paints at your local Home Depot or Michael’s stores. The Chalky Finish line is available in lots of great colors!
Such a tough decision! But my daughter is all girl, so I settled on pink and white.
As you can see, the paint is nice and thick, so it has great coverage! I ended up applying three coats, letting the paint dry in between. Two probably would have sufficed, but I wanted to make sure to cover the original wood entirely.
Check out the fun chalky texture of the paint. The Creme Wax seals it all nicely for a durable finish, as well.
Here’s how to easily make over a dresser:
Pull out all the drawers, remove the hardware, then give everything a coat of paint. I used Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish in “Everlasting” for the body of the dresser. It dries really quickly, but in the meantime, go ahead and paint the drawer fronts.
I used Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish in “Innocence” for these. Be careful not to fill in the holes with paint. Let dry, then repeat on all portions until you’re happy with the coverage. I also painted my pulls/handles white.
When completely dry, apply a coat of Creme Wax to everything to finish it off.
I opted to remove the cupboard door and have an open bookshelf/storage area. I of course kept it so I have the option of putting it back on some other time. My sweet toddler already loves to “read” in her own little way, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to introduce books into her room.
This was such a fun project. What a difference a few coats of paint can make!
For some great tutorials on how to use Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paints and project ideas, go HERE.Thanks, DecoArt, for supplying the paints for this dresser refresh!
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