Chalk painted dresser media console

Chalk Painted Dresser Media Console

Chalk Painted Dresser Media Console

I had been dying to try my hand at a chalk painted piece of furniture for a long long time. We had some nice weather this weekend and I was finally able to tackle this chalk painted dresser turned media console project.  It was keeping me up at night.  I swear.

My friend, you know the one that gave me this piece, also gave me this beauty right here.

Chalk painted dresser media console

She was stinky, dusty, and crusty.  Also, she was busted up.  Quadruple threat!

Chalk painted dresser media console

The veneer on the side just peeled right off.  My thoughts after seeing this were, “Abandon ship!  We’ve hit an iceberg.”  I’m no quitter though.  So I pressed on.  I should mention it was in the 70s in February!  In Jersey, I might add.  That’s a big deal weather event.  Instead, I stayed in my garage for over 4 hours sanding this hunk of poo.  Can’t change crazy so I feed it.

Chalk painted dresser media console

So I got it all sanded down and I wanted to do something about the squirrelly bottom on it.  I wanted a more substantial look for this thing.  So I went with adding trim to cover it up.  Smart and good looking.  I know.

Chalk painted dresser media console

I went with this trim profile because it jutted out at the bottom just so.

Chalk painted dresser media console

Here it is attached and kind of sort of primed.  Don’t ask why I primed since chalk paint doesn’t require primer.  I guess I’m not that smart.

Chalk painted dresser media console

I also painted the inside of the drawers.  Two reasons for this.  1. This thing was beat up!  I had to glue, nail, and reinforce every single one of those drawers.  Paint hides all these patches well.  2. This thing smelled like sweaty feet dipped in maple syrup!  Don’t ask how I recognize the odor.  The paint helps with the stink.

Chalk painted dresser media console

I didn’t use chalk paint on the inside of the drawers because chalk paint is extremely expensive and because I got two of these little sample jars for free at one of those workshops the Home Depot hosts.  Win!   One little container did all of the sides and insides of each of the drawers.  Win and double win!

Chalk painted dresser media console

So the look I was going for is that Restoration Hardware style finish that kind of looks like drift wood or reclaimed wood or whatever fancy thing.  Since I’ve been wanting some chalk painted pieces like the ones all over Pinterest,  I decided to give it a go.

I bought French Linen and Old Ochre from the Annie Sloan chalk paint collection.  First I painted the whole piece with Old Ochre and then I dry brushed it with French Linen in long strokes.  Next I wiped the whole thing with Annie Sloan clear wax.  Last I brushed on Annie Sloan dark wax and wiped that off as well.

Chalk painted dresser media console

I don’t know if you can tell but there is some shine on those drawer fronts.  The dark wax gave it a rich caramel look.  I loved working with the Annie Sloan chalk paints by the way.  It took a little elbow grease but the stuff is amazing!

Chalk painted dresser turned media console

I threw on some handles (I don’t want to talk about that.  I just want to forget.)  and I am in love with the results!

Chalk painted dresser makeover

Not too shabby for a free dresser that was going to the dump.  Annie Sloan chalk painted furniture is the bomb diggity!  Do you have any furniture that needs rescuing?  Got any chalk paint questions?  (I feel like an expert now. ) Should I keep it or should I sell it?   Let me know what you’re thinking in the comments.  Thanks for stopping by.

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www.the36thavenue.com

www.lifeonlakeshoredrive.com

linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com

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