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Chalk Painted Dresser Makeover

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A couple of months ago, I was lucky enough to buy this solid oak dresser on eBay for just £96.00.

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Now, I know there’s nothing wrong with it and it is, indeed, a beautiful piece of furniture just as it is, but I had plans to paint it.

We have a large kitchen diner with a LOT of wood in it, so yet another ‘heavy’ piece was never going to look right. I spent months searching for the right dresser at the right price and the right size and eventually found this modern one, which was beautifully made and really solid.

Mr H-L drove for over an hour to go and collect it and wasn’t particularly happy about it being painted, but resigned himself to the fact that I was going to, anyway. What he DID object to, though, was that I wanted him to chop a section of the dresser out, in order to fit our coffee machine in.

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I won that debate, too:)

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Having used Annie Sloan and Rustoleum chalk paint successfully in the past (guest room makeover), I opted for ‘Bleu Clair’ by Autentico, purely because they had the exact shade of blue that I was looking for.

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The main reason that I chose chalk paint in the first place is that there is no need for preparation on most surfaces – you just slap it on.

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Two coats are usually needed for good coverage, especially when covering dark with light.

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When the paint was totally dry, a coat of finishing wax was rubbed in and buffed to a sheen to protect the surfaces.

I’m told it takes a month to cure completely, so be careful until then. It’s been over a month now, and the finish is still blemish free.

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With a bit of determination (for which, read ‘impatience’), I managed to get two coats of paint and a coat of wax on in just one day.

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Then I left it for a month.

Or two.

And decided that the knobs had to go.

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I dug out four wooden knobs leftover from the kitchen cabinet doors and painted them with two coats of ‘Walnut’ wood stain and a coat of Matt varnish.

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Now they match the kitchen units.

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So this is the finished article, brightening up the other end of the kitchen part of the room, and I have to say that I’m very pleased with it.

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The coffee station works brilliantly with everything in one place – all I need now are some beautiful mugs to hang on the new hooks we installed.

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Turn around 180 degrees and this is what greets you, so you can see that both the style and the colour work really well as a whole.

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Before and after: –

I love it both ways, but it just sits in our kitchen better now it’s painted and if I ever change my mind, it should be easy to get dipped back to the plain oak.

What do YOU think – love, or loathe?

 

 

Author: sewchet

Sewing, Crochet and other loveliness!

66 thoughts on “Chalk Painted Dresser Makeover

  1. I LOVE IT!! It’s like it was made for your kitchen and fits perfectly. You’re very lucky to have a handy hubby too, id have been cringing with my first aid kit in hand if mine attempted anything with a saw! 😀

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  2. I think it’s brilliant and I love the way you adapted it to make the coffee machine fit. We’ve got so much furniture waiting for a revamp, this just makes me itch to get started!

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  3. I loved your dresser before and I love it now. It goes so well with your kitchen that I think you made the right decision and, as you say, you can always have it dipped if you change your mind.

    A very timely post for me as I have an old French cupboard which I bought at a good price and it sits in my workroom. When I bought it I was considering painting it that chalky grey white colour that abounds at the moment (at least in France) but couldn’t bear painting over the wood. I now want to get rid of it as it isn’t as practical a use of space in a workroom as it could be and I don’t have any space in the rest of the house (already filled it all up!) but the depot vente (resellers of old stuff who take 30% commission!) don’t want it as it isn’t à la mode apparently and won’t sell – although she suggested I paint it :/ You have re-inspired me and maybe I’ll give it a go and find a space somewhere after all.

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    • Give it a go – you may well fall in love with it all over again and decide to keep it anyway. If not, as you say, it will be easier to sell as painted furniture is very much in vogue still. I don’t have a problem with painting pine as it was always a cheap wood intended for painting in the first place, but oak is a different matter. Chalk paint was a good compromise as it isn’t hard to remove in the future.

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  4. I love it, it looks amazing! 😊

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  5. Love it. You have both done an excellent job. Fits in perfectly in your kitchen.

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  6. Beautiful job it works really well ,love the colour

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  7. I LOVE IT! What a brilliant, bright addition to your lovely kitchen! I love the colour!

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  8. Lovely re-do to fit your space & lifestyle, not to mention your kitchen. Definitely fits in style, colour, design, proportion – very harmonious indeed. Well done you! (and the mister!)

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  9. It’s brilliant Sheila!! I think you should send the kitchen fitters a picture and ask if they want a new designer LOL??!!

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  10. Absolutely love it! Looks exactly right in your,so stylish ,home.

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  11. In the beginning I was with Mr H-L in saying don’t paint it or cut it! Lordy I would have fainted. You have a magic eye. It turned out beautiful!! I love it. You are so talented!!
    Lots of luv and hugs to you and the family!!

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  12. It’s beautiful, I love it, it fits perfectly in your kitchen!

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  13. Love the paint job and the coffee maker space. Really well done.

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous. Annie Sloan chalk paint is amazing. Your kitchen looks so pretty. Nice job there!

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    • Thank you, the kitchen is nothing fancy, just how I like it. Chalk paints are great, but Annie Sloan didn’t have the choice of colours that Autentico has. No difference in quality as far as I can tell.

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  15. Totally love it …at which point did your dearest think you were going to loose the coffee station debate LOL

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  16. I’m with everyone else – I think this looks great! A bespoke piece of furniture for a bargain price.

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  17. I was a bit scared at first to see the lovely wood but I’m learning to be more adventurous with colour and this is so inspirational thanks for sharing!

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  18. I love what you’ve done with this piece! It looks pretty and more contemporary in that pretty blue, and it has a lighter feel to it as well. That was clever of you to cut out a space for the coffee pot. I also like things that are a bit asymmetrical, something you accomplished by breaking up that space. It’s fun to have all those drawers and baskets, too. If it were mine, those two little drawers would be full of tea.

    The hanging cups are a delight as well. Well done!

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    • Ooh, loose leaf tea in the little drawers – now that’s something I hadn’t thought of! It is a drinks station, what with the coffee machine, teapots and mugs, so a tea drawer isn’t a bad idea. At the moment, all the teas (about ten different flavours) are in boxes in the big drawer on the left. The blue has lightened the feel of the dresser, you’re right, and is probably why I like it this way.

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  19. Gorgeous transformation. Although as a tea drinker I’m with Mr H-L on the space for the coffee machine.

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  20. Brilliant! It does fit your kitchen very well (which is also very dreamy!)

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  21. It’s really great painted. I love this style, and the way you have adapted it. Super work and a great piece of furniture.

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  22. Absolutely love it – making things work for you and looking fabulous – thanks for showing us te processes – a triumph!

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    • Thank you – finding a nice piece that you can make your own is half the fun, I find, We were so lucky to find this dresser at a good price and it does look great in the kitchen. Bathroom ‘vanity’ is currently undergoing its first coat of paint now:)

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  23. Absolutely stunning. It makes all the difference. Love the way it was modified to accommodate the coffee maker as well. Great idea. The colours works great, much lighter and brighter than the natural wood. Great job to you all.

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  24. Most definitely LOVE!! A gorgeous shade of blue and I love the coffee machine area although I’m not sure that I’d have had the guts to do it!

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    • Hee hee – hubby wasn’t at all keen on chopping a section out of it either, but I said I’d do it otherwise and he couldn’t bear the thought of the mess I’d make of it! Turned out OK though:)

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  25. LOVE!!! I’ve a new found love for chalk paint so loved reading about your makeover 🙂

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  26. Love from me! I’m not always one for painted wood, but this is just perfect for your fabulous kitchen. (Oh, the red cooker!) The coffee station was a brilliant idea, and I’m sure your mister is happy with it now it’s done. And what a handy hubby he is!

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  27. Looks great!I just finished a makeover of my daughter’s dresser. It’s up on my blog. I hope you’ll check it out!

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  31. Beautiful color!!Love your makeover!

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