If you haven't noticed yet, I seem to have a slight obsession with white painted furniture. Between my painted farmhouse style kitchen table and chairs and my Menards chalk painted desk, plus all of the other painted white furniture in our home I have yet to share with you all, white seems to be my thing. It's classic, clean, and versatile. In some rooms in can look elegant and polished and in others it can look casual and even handcrafted.
When we moved into our new house last summer, we sold, gave away, and donated more than half of our possessions. I can't imagine ever going back to having any kind of clutter in our home again. I got real serious about minimizing my wardrobe at that time too. Why I bothered to keep clothes that didn't fit or that I never wore was beyond me. I'm not big into fashion and I don't work a full-time job outside of the home, so there is no reason for me to have a large wardrobe. Having a smaller wardrobe made it easier to go looking for a dresser for our bedroom since I wasn't looking for that much storage space. We sold our bedroom furniture when we moved from Wisconsin, and I was determined to have mostly unique pieces of furniture in our new house, so I looked at rummages, on Craigslist, and frequented furniture consignment stores for the perfect (to me) dresser.
And I did find the perfect dresser - at Karma Consigments in SW Rochester, Minnesota. The size was perfect, the mirror was perfect, the drawer slides were in excellent condition, and the curved top drawers gave it a somewhat vintage look. I paid $225 which seemed a bit steep, but I knew that I was pressing my luck if I were to walk away from it - especially since it was in great condition.
This dresser needed very minimal prep work since it was in such good condition. I only had to remove the mirror, swivel frame and drawer pulls and knobs. I wiped the entire piece down including inside and underneath to remove any dust that was hiding.
I left the mirror for my husband to remove since he's much more careful with things like that. Chances are I would have broken the mirror when trying to remove it from the frame.
Instead of replacing the knobs and drawer pulls, I spray painted them with a matte black spray paint. This was definitely the most cost effective way to update the hardware.
I didn't want to take a chance with using just any chalk paint on this dresser so I went with a reliable brand - Annie Sloan (Pure White). I find Annie Sloan paint to be thinner than other brands which is nicer to work with because it doesn't clump. It goes on smooth and covers evenly. After 2 coats of paint, when it was completely dry, I used a fine grit sandpaper to lightly sand the edges for a minimally distressed look.
Instead of using Minwax Polycrylic like I normally do on painted furniture, I used the Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax. For a piece of furniture that will see more wear and tear (like a desk or nightstand), I would suggest using the Minwax Polycrylic. Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax leaves a very soft sheen, and that is just the look I was going for. However, remember that wax is a short-term seal and does not protect furniture like the Minwax Polycrylic.
Turned out pretty, huh? :)
It's definitely one of the projects I'm most proud of.
I think I made the right decision keeping the old hardware and updating them with matte spray paint.
I think my favorite thing about lightly distressed furniture is that if I do scratch or knick it in the future, chances are no one will notice.
Let me take just a second to talk about this lamp. I found it at Salvation Army in NW Rochester for only $3.50 (I only remember this price because the sticker is still on the base of the lamp as you can see in the first image of this post - ha ha!) and it didn't have a shade. I wanted to find a shade to go with it originally but after it sat in our room for months and months with just a light bulb, I realized that all it needed was a new vintage style Edison bulb.
And just like the dresser, this lamp turned out to be perfect as well. :)
Thanks for stopping by and reading all about my painted dresser makeover. If you're contemplating some furniture painting, I promise you that you will not mess it up and it's so much easier than it looks and sounds. For some people (like myself), it can be very relaxing and calming. Not to mention rewarding. :)