Chalk paint talk and dresser painting

You know what will guarantee a remodel to take way longer than it should? Take a guess.  Budget? Labor? Earthquakes? Bug infestations? All very valid guesses. The answer is furniture. I would recommend to all persons anxious to spend staggering amounts of time working on a house, to not complicate matters by investing in copious amounts of homeless furniture that also needs to be re-done. Not that I would know. Because I totally follow my own advise. Always. See this dresser for instance, it’s not technically an investment because I got it for free.

chalk painted dresser

Poor little dear. I can’t say no to free furniture. It’s like turning away a puppy. Who has the heart to do that?? ( I can say that because my kids aren’t old enough to read this blog or kidnap stray animals. I reserve the right to change my opinions on puppies at a later date.)

I randomly stumbled on a little furniture boutique sort of place in town which also happens to sell Annie Sloan’s chalk paint…which I may be the last person on the planet to have ever used. I’m more of a stalker of sample pots of mis-tint paint costing in the range of a dollar each sort of girl myself…but I was feeling extravagant so decided to give it a try. I selected the smallest pot of a paint they had and a container of dark wax…and I may or may not have a sever case of heart palpitations and buyers remorse at the price tag. The color I chose to try was Arles which is sort of a dusty yellow color.

yellow chalk painted dresser

The actual color is brighter than the above pictured, that was after I had already applied the dark wax to it. As I’ve mentioned already, I’ve never used this stuff before so feel free to disregard my opinions from my lack of experience. I think the paint is easy to use, and the color is very pretty. The wax was a little tricky for me, because I’ve always used glaze on my furniture. Wax most definitely does not behave like glaze, but over all it’s not too tricky to use. I buffed it after finishing but it never really did shine up very well. I’m assuming that’s a error of my technique or maybe I’m just too used to the shine of latex paint.


Since I didn’t have a particular look in mind for this dresser, and I was just painting for fun, I’m fairly pleased with the over all turn out. It’s a little on the streaky side, but I’m not a perfectionist, so I don’t mind it. Plus, as my Mister so poetically puts it, I rather like the “dirty wood” look. The wax definitively keeps the yellow from looking too “sweet”. I certainly didn’t want to stray into the land of baby nursery with a piece intended for my master bedroom.

Please don’t throw tomatoes at me, but I’m not sure I’m going to jump on the chalk paint band wagon just yet. I did like it, yes, but I didn’t love it. I would have liked it just as well with an average paint from the hardware store. I personally don’t see any overwhelmingly amazing aspects about it, especially in relation to what it costs. That said, I have a ton of the wax left over, so I’m sure I’ll be trying some of the homemade chalk paint recipes out there so that I can use it. If you’re a pro and make money off your furniture, I’m sure it’s great stuff to use. For folks like me who paint furniture because it’s fun and thrifty, I’m not so sure it’s the cat’s meow if you get my drift.

yellow dresser

By the way, I found the new hardware for the dresser from my local salvage shop. I’d rather splurge on hardware than expensive paint…to me that’s what really makes the dramatic difference on the over all appearance and feel of a piece.

In other news this bedroom  is just about done. I’m pretty much just waiting on a bed. I ended up ordering a bed online which is completely bazaar and out of my league…I don’t ever order anything. Ever. Scary. It had great reviews and was a killer deal, as good a price as I would hope to find in a resale shop. Fingers crossed that it will be worth the risk!

What do you think about chalk paint? Like it or love it? When you paint a room, do you have to fix up all your furniture too, or am I just odd?

P.S. Anybody have any great tricks for getting rid of lady bugs? They really like the window in this room, and I’m mystified as to how to get rid of them! They’re cute and all, but seriously! Not cute enough to sleep with!

1 Corinthians 13:4   Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not;charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 

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8 Responses to Chalk paint talk and dresser painting

  1. Mary says:

    I’m expressing my ignorance…What is chalk paint? and why do you use wax with it? Ive never heard of it before..but then I dont paint very much either!

    • Abby says:

      Sorry, I should have gone into that in the post! Chalk paint is a furniture paint called chalk paint because of it’s chalky finish. The big draw is that you don’t have to sand your furniture before using so it cuts work time. The flip side to that is that the paint needs to be waxed after painting to create a finish and shine to it. I don’t really sand my furniture much before painting anyway, so to me it didn’t cut out any time due to all the waxing. It does give furniture an antique/cottage sort of look which is very nice. There is tons of looks you can create with it and the different wax techniques. It’s only available for purchase online or from suppliers at boutique type places.

  2. I think this dresser looks fantastic. I can relate about finding it hard to pass up free furniture. I think this looks “adult” and will be so nice for your master bedroom. I appreciate the look of chalk paint and see many things that look nice with it, but it isn’t my favorite style, either.

  3. Looks fab! I would love for you to share on my Chic By You Link Party @ Hope to see you there!

  4. Abby, it’s gorgeous! I love the color! You’re right, it’s hard to pass up free! Thank you for sharing and thank you for the sweet comment at The Dedicated House about my painted piano. It means the world! Feel free to share this post at my two parties that are live right now. Make it Pretty Monday and Before and After Wednesday Hope to see you at a bash or two! Happy Day to You! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  5. Sandra says:

    The best way to get rid of ladybugs is with a vacuum cleaner. Where I live, we have an infestation of them every few years, but it doesn’t last too long, and they vacuum up easily. They love coming in south-facing windows where they are attracted to the warmth.

  6. Kim says:

    I really like how your dresser turned out. I like the color, “streaky” finish and hardware. (I still struggle with the dark wax.) I’ve used homemade chalk paint with good luck. I’m in the process of trying to figure out how to redo my daughter’s bedrm furniture. I haven’t decided if I’m going to use chalk paint or semi-gloss. I have to admit, I like the no-prep aspect of chalk paint.

  7. This looks great! I would love for you to share this on my T.G.I.F. Linky Party :)

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