Finally I am ready to show you my summer painting project. I have been so busy with my needle arts during the winter and spring months, but I am eager to start some painting projects.
I purchased this little dresser at Goodwill. I fell in love with the cut-out handles! It was in good shape except for the fact that it had several layers of very old paint. I believed it was no big deal. Many times when you think the job is going to be easy..well, the opposite happens. Stripping this baby was almost impossible. The old paint would not come off..only bits and pieces. After several tries, I gave up. And yes, I ALMOST threw in the towel. I was ready to drop her back at Goodwill. But I changed my mind..I sanded her several times real good and I decided to prime. I wasn’t happy of course, because the surface was not as smooth as I wanted it to be. I had a hard time accepting that some jobs can not be PERFECT. But I am learning. I am trying to embrace a dresser that is more than 60 yrs old, has done a great job over the years and well, she has a few nicks and bruises, so what?
I painted her with home made chalk paint using Sherwin Williams Simply White. Gave her two coats and sanded vigorously in between coats. To finish it up, I waxed her all over with Annie Sloan Clear Wax.
First I tried to cover the drawers with paper napkins.
Sausha at Sweetpickins makes it look so easy, but I did not like the end result and decided to cover the drawer fronts with fabric. Basically the same principle: painted drawer fronts with white chalk paint and made a template. Cut out my fabric using the template and sprayed them lightly with some multipurpose adhesive. Covered the fronts, carefully cut out the handle spaces and brushed on the Mod Podge matte finish. Let it dry.
Adorable? I hope so!
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