I simply can’t resist a good furniture DIY project… I just love the ritual of putting my hair up, turning the music on and getting carried away with the paint and brushes… it’s some kind of therapy to me! And the best part is that it’s also a great way to create something unique and inject some personality into our home! So, when I found this antique beauty for just £30 I didn’t think twice!!! Unfortunately, it wasn’t in the best shape… the supports for the mirror were broken and the surface was full of scratches, but nothing that some love, 2 days and a bit of paint couldn’t fix!!!
Ok… so here is what I used for this makeover:
- Provence Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan.
- Pure Bristle paint and wax brushes (I got mine from Ebay a few years ago).
- Clear Chalk Paint Wax by Annie Sloan.
- Soft cloths for cleaning the dust and buffing the wax.
- Rubber gloves.
- Frog tape (masking tape).
- Screwdriver (for the pull handles)
- Mouse Sander (or a sanding block if you haven’t got one).
After giving it a good clean, I removed the mirror support and the pull handles… it took me FOREVER, but it had to be done if I wanted to give it a nice finish.
Before I started painting it, I used some Frogtape to prevent paint bleed. I applied it on the sides of the drawers and the inside of the mirror frame.
I always paint in the direction of the wood grain as I find it easier and also gives a great finish! After two coats, the painting was done!
Once the paint was dry… It was time for distressing! Starting with the edges and then having fun and playing around with the other areas.
I used a mouse sander with a medium-grit paper, but a sanding block would work too! Oh and I always wear a pair of rubber gloves when distressing, as the chalk paint dust can make your hands SUPER dry!
Once the distressing was done… I cleaned the dresser with a dry cloth and them applied the wax with the wax brush (in the wood grain direction). Then buffed it with an old t-shirt. The wax gives it a very soft sheen and it also seals and protects the piece!
At this point, I put the pull handles back on, and also fixed the broken support (with my hubby’s help)!
And ta-dah!!! I’m so happy how this dresser turned up… It complements my office decor beautifully and it’s just the perfect storage piece for my fabric samples! Plus, I love the idea of having a bedroom dresser in an office… as it’s an unexpected piece to finding in a working area and is these kinds of touches that make a space feeling unique!
So… what do you think? Did you get inspired to do a makeover too? If you do, please show it to us using the tag #designedbyablueberry. I would love to see it! Love, Ju xx