Even though I had no idea what I would use it for, I could not resist taking this little dresser that a neighbor was giving away.
With its petite size and whimsical design, it was probably once used in a little girl’s room.
What at first glance looked like paint or stenciling was really only a cheap veneer that was starting to peel and chip.
Time to Grow Up
Busy as this piece was, it had potential. I loved its French-inspired lines. And when my husband, Chris, asked me to help him stage a house that he would be listing for sale, I knew it was time for this little dresser to grow up.
But it needed to grow up fast. The house would be listed soon so any revamp to this dresser would have to happen quickly.
The Virtues of Chalk Paint
I decided to use chalk paint because very little, if any, prep work – such as sanding or priming – is needed. It also covers well.
I just wiped the dresser down with soap and water and applied folkArt Home Décor chalk paint in Oatmeal. The paint was very thick but easy to apply. I used a paintbrush for some areas, but mostly I used a Shur-Line edger to apply the paint, as I do for many projects, because it gives a nice even application. To be safe, I used a fresh edger pad for each coat.
The good and the bad of chalk paint is that it dries quickly. So it only needs to dry a couple of hours between coats. But since it dries so quickly, any flaws and runs in the paint need to be corrected immediately.
Only two coats of paint were needed.
I probably could have stopped here, but I was itching to try the folkArt Home Décor Antiquing Wax.
Wax On, Wax Off
The instructions said that for easier application, I should first apply a coat of the clear wax, and then a coat of the antiquing wax.
I ignored the instructions and went straight to applying the antiquing wax.
The wax, like the paint, dries very quickly. Excess wax needs to be wiped away immediately.
Whimsical Yet Mature
A test patch of the paint and wax together on a piece of wood did not prepare me for what I would end up with. The baby dresser was all grown up – elegant yet still fun.
In the house we staged, we used it in the dining room as a sideboard.
Chris was able to repair the broken drawer pull by adding some bracing and hardware to the back of it. The original drawer pulls really add to the flavor of this piece, so it’s nice that we could reuse them.
And so it took only about a day to go from this . . .
to this . . .
The Staging Project
The wax was barely dry on this dresser when we used it to stage the house that would soon be for sale. That staging project led to me write a three-part DIY series on staging houses. Check out Part I to see how the project turned out.
The Dresser Now
After the staging project ended, I moved the dresser to a corner of my living room.
- folkArt Home Décor Chalk Paint comes in many beautiful colors
- folkArt Home Décor Antiquing Wax is one of several wax finishes available from folkArt
- I find Shur-Line Edgers useful for many small paint projects – not just for edging wall paint
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