I love how paint can be such a quick fix. I decided to repaint a black $20 thrift store dresser that I have had for two years. It was giving off more of a contemporary look than I wanted.
This dresser comes in handy in our living room. It holds our placemats, napkins and fancy dinnerware thats get used a couple of times a year. My mom and I painted it black when we first moved to Syracuse and before we even thought about writing a blog. Initially I bought it because the price was right. I went with black because we already had that color on hand.
The black was fine, but I was tired of it and wanted to give it a fresh look for not much money. I decided I would try a yellow since I had some leftovers in our basement. Also, since the dresser was black, I didn’t want to do much prep work. So, I decided to make my own chalk paint.
While I was doing the prep work, Gracie decided to find a spot to take a nap and sleep on the job. I think she was mad that I was disturbing her sleep on my drop cloth.
This was only the second time I have used this type of paint, and I am such a fan of how you can do multiple coats in such a short time. As I mentioned earlier, I made my own paint using this recipe:
1/2 cup plaster of Paris
1/2 cup water
(Mix these two ingredients before adding paint)
1 cup of latex paint
Combine with the first two ingredients stir. That’s all there is to it.
I ended up applying four coats followed by a quick sanding and waxing of the dresser. Since the dresser is very plain, it was a very fast project . I used a sponge roller which really helped speed up things, too. I sanded it down in certain areas to add a lightly distressed look.
Right now I am really happy with the yellow, and if I get tired of it, I know it is easy enough to change. By the way, I sprayed the pulls with ORB, but they might get switched out for something more interesting.
I like the way it now brightens up this corner of our room. I am still playing around what to put on top but you can see I added two of my easy DIY projects, the nautical candle holders and the pet store coral.
The yellow at least is good for a fresh summer look. Plus the cost of the project was zero dollars since I had everything on hand.