Distressed White Dresser Makeover

If you saw my guest bedroom makeover last week, you may have spotted my new white distressed dresser. Except it isn’t new… it’s actually really old, just with a new coat of paint.

guest bedroom painted dresser wallHere’s what the dresser looked like before in our old house…

old dresser makeover chalk paintAnd here it is now in all of it’s white, chippy goodness.

distressed white chalk paint dresserI actually painted this piece right in the guest bedroom with Belle Craie chalk paint in Dover. I did a dry brush technique where I only get about 1-2 inches of the brush wet with paint. Then I lightly brush the paint over the dresser, using only one direction for the paint strokes. I did two coats with this technique giving it about 1 hour in between coats.

distressed painted white dresserOnce it was fully dried I used both a sanding wedge and fine grit sandpaper to distress.

sand chalk paint white dresserAnd after about 3 hours of work the dresser looks like this…

guest bedroom painted dresser wallYou really can’t go wrong with this dry brush technique which is why I’m a huge fan. I really need to do a better tutorial, but I was trying to get this done before our vacation last month.

distressed white dresser guest bedroom

white chalk paint dresser

distressed chalk paint white dresserI decided to keep the original hardware to save costs. I think it actually goes nicely with the yellow tones in the guest bedroom.

guest bedroom design idea

distressed white dresserAnd now this dresser that we’ve had since the 1980s has new life.

distressed white chalk paint dresser

before and after painted white dresser

Quite the before & after, right?
To see the full guest bedroom makeover, click here.

distressed dresser makeover


Belle Craie Painted Nightstands with Glaze

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you guys had a nice weekend. Mine was filled with lots of paint projects, mostly for the two bedrooms we’re crashing in at brother’s house.

So today I’m sharing the new nightstands I’ve been working on for the past week. I tried a new paint/glaze and I’m in love with the final look.

painted nightstands zincI scored 2 of these for $20 each from St. Vincent DePaul thrift store right up the road.
The nightstands actually started out like this…

nighstand beforeThe old cherry wood really didn’t go with my new décor for the bedroom so I decided to try out Belle Craie paint on them. This is a new type of chalk paint I picked up from Red Posie (my favorite local vintage & paint supply store). The color I chose is Pavia and it’s a gorgeous gray/green tone.

pavia belle craie paintLaurie from Red Posie talked me into trying a Pearl Effects glaze over the paint. I was a little hesitant since I’ve never used it before, but after applying it with a pad applicator I quickly fell in love!

general finishes pearl effects red posieHere  you can see one nightstand with just the Belle Craie chalk paint, and the other with the General Finishes Pearl Effects glaze. The glaze really deepened the color and added a super cool glimmer to the nightstand.

pavie belle craie painted nightstandsAnd here’s the final piece…

painted nightstands zincSee up close how it shimmers?

belle craie nightstands paviaAnd I basically just wiped it on with the pad applicator. Not too thick, just a quick once over. Besides the shine, I also love the dark glaze left in the crevices.

belle craie pavia nightstands

belle craie painted nighstands

painted nighstands

belle craie pavia with zincI’m still working on finishing this guest bedroom makeover, but I’m happy to have the nightstands out of the way (hello extra storage!).

If you don’t live here in St. Louis near Red Posie, you can still order paint and glazes from them online. CLICK HERE. And if you don’t see something on their website, give them a call and they’ll ship it out to you!

painted nightstands with pearl effects