I had the last laugh on this roadside rescue. Strangely enough, I found this French Provincial on the curb in front of my sister’s house! WHAT??? What was she thinking of throwing away perfectly good junk! When I asked her, she was like “no one could save this one!” Challenge accepted! I’ll use the best chalk paint I know of to save this one.
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Always Repair Before Painting
First things first, I always repair before painting. That’s also why it was a roadside rescue! I began by reworking every single drawer. Some of the slides were missing while the others needed to be replaced. I can always count on Mr. Honey Do to be Johnny on the spot for that. His name is Ron. I never understood who Johnny was… I digress. It also needed some wood repair on the back legs. Those repairs weren’t complicated and I managed to document the process on another blog post for you. You can see the repairs by CLICKING HERE Furniture Repair For Wood Damage.
The Makeover Begins
The dresser had been badly painted prior with a high gloss latex paint job and someone had already started to prep it for a makeover. I knew if I was ever gonna get the paint to stick to it, it would need a really good cleaning and a light sanding to scuff up the existing paint.
Here are the products I used for this makeover:
- White Lighting Cleaner
- Spray Bottle (for White Lighting)
- Paper Towels
- Orbital Sander with 220 grit discs
- 1-inch Painters Tape
- Driftwood chalk mineral paint
- Hurricane Gray chalk mineral paint
- Metallic Gold base coat
- Pearlescent Glaze
- Black Wax
- Oval Short OS paintbrush
- Large Wax Brush
The Best Chalk Paint For Furniture Makeovers
I began by painting with the best chalk paint I knew of. Dixie Belle chalk mineral paint was smooth and easy to apply and covered the dresser in one coat. Easy peasy! That’s my kinda paint!
Taping Off For Stripes
I love stripes, but I wanted them to be subtle. For this makeover, I taped off the top drawers using 1-inch painters tape. Using my finger, I carefully painted a small amount over the edge of the tape with the same base coat color. This will prevent bleeding when I paint the stripes. This method is called paint burnishing and even the best chalk paint will bleed if you skip this step. CLICK HERE to see another BOLD stripe makeover.
Removing The Tape
I used Dixie Belle’s Metallic Gold based coat for the stripes. The paint was transparent so it took applying three coats to get the coverage the way I wanted. I removed the tape before the last coat was dried.
Repeating the Stripe Theme
With my oval short paintbrush, I began painting/dry brushing stripes in alternating colors of the Metallic Gold and Hurricane Gray over the Drift Wood base coat. I liked the look of the stripes that weren’t so perfect. After the paint had dried, I sanded over the whole dresser with a 220 grit sandpaper to give it a distressed aged look.
Glazing Over The Best Chalk Paint
To add a pearl effect, I used Dixie Belle’s, Pearlescent Glaze. It went on smooth with my paintbrush and dried quickly. I liked the look and it added a beautiful pearl effect.
The Detail Work
Because I used THE best chalk paint, I just had to use the Best Dang Wax. Seriously, that’s the name of it. It stands up to its name. I added the black wax with my wax brush and made sure I got it into all the details. Because I had applied the glaze over the chalk mineral paint, it was easy to wipe off the excess with a cotton cloth. I like this method of applying wax because I have total control. The glaze acts as a barrier and seals the paint. You can skip the glazing step if you want a darker aged piece.
The Results | The Best Chalk Paint
Guess what my sister is getting for Christmas? 🙂 Yep, I’m taking it back to her. Hope she loves it. Thanks for joining me with this roadside THRIFT makeover. I hope this inspires you to never give up on a piece even when you think it’s hopeless. If there’s a will, there’s away!
*update… she LOVED it! 😂 We (my sister and I) have been known to swap out home decor too. Would you have done this? Feel free to elaborate in the comment section below. I can’t wait to hear your story.
Until the next project… xo, Do