Some projects I have no reason to buy. I probably have too many pieces of furniture in my house anyways but when I find a piece that calls my name how can I say no?! In hindsight it would probably help if I stop going to flea markets when I don’t have room for things but I digress. I found this beauty at a flea market for the cheap so I couldn’t say no. But it was in pretty rough shape.
This piece has some type of weird finish on it that caused it to have lots of cracks on the stain. I thought that made the dresser look cool. The bones were good but would have been difficult to strip and re-stain so I decide to distress this piece with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
I painted the entire thing with Old White then I went back and added the clear wax and dark wax. (For a tutorial on how to do this check out the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint website. It’s great and will show you exactly how to use it). I loved how the dark wax turned out on the side and formed into the creases.
I was able to salvage the hardware and used a metal polisher I had on hand.
The bottom on the lower two drawers were cracked so we cut out a new bottom. We then glued and slid them into place.
As a bonus a friend was looking to get rid of an old TV console. I never say no to free furniture.
We attached a new back to the console and replaced and secured a new shelf in the middle. I had some extra nobs laying around from another project so I replaced those and got new hinges. I used the same Old White Annie Sloan Chalk paint as the dresser to make a matching set.
Here you can see the difference between just using chalk pain on the bottom shelves and then adding the clear and dark wax on the top shelf.
I was pretty happy with how both pieces turned out!
I ended up also selling these pieces but I loved how they looked when they were in our guest room.
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Originally published August 29, 2016