A client of mine was putting this mini-dresser out by the curb on trash day, and asked if I’d like it. I brought it home thinking I’d paint it, but it ended up in my daughter’s closet, and I sort of forgot about it.
Recently, I’ve been playing with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and my daughter asked if I’d paint her dresser PINK, so I was inspired to pull it out of the closet and see what I could do with it.
The top was badly scratched up, with some sort of rotary gauges in the surface, and all kinds of other marks (including some dark knots). Normally, a top like this would need to be stripped, sanded and primed before painting, but ASCP is “no stripping, no sanding and no priming” paint! Here’s the dresser before:
The top was pretty beat up before:
After only 2 coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Henrietta (that’s the color), here’s the top again:
Next, I had a couple of cheap (Home Depot) stencils laying around and decided to stencil the top of the dresser (using ASCP Old White). This stencil reminded me of the crochetd-lacy-cloths my grandmother used to put on top of every piece of furniture in her house. It looks a little more modern on this dresser, especially with the coordinated floral stencils on the front of the drawers.
Finally, I painted the knobs with 2 coats of old white. I wanted to see how shiny I could get them, so I applied a coat of Soft Wax and buffed them. Then I rubbed them with a clean piece of paper bag – that did the trick and really glossed them up!