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Dresser Redo AND Chalkboard Paint! (Dreamy!)

So, that little dresser in the see it? The brown one? Well, what you can't see is that the dresser is completely falling apart. That dresser was a Target dresser from 2003. Yep, it's 8 years old. It's been moved 6 times. It's very rickity, the side slats were falling off, and it's ALL scuffed up. But, in my attempt to save money and salvage old furniture, I decided that I would attempt to save it. I pulled off all of the side slats. as they offered no more than looks. It still needs some glue. But, I digress. Then, I started to paint.

Since it's not real wood, I needed to prime it so the paint would stick. I was also planning on using my latex black paint that I had used on the table redo. This gallon of paint was a $5 Oops! can that is not even a quarter of the way gone, so I am really getting my money's worth! I will also be using this paint for my bedroom furniture redo (when I get around to it). My dad brought me a WHOLE can of Killz to paint my red shelf black, so score on that freebie!

I primed all of the furniture first then let it dry. I sprayed my Cappucino Valspar paint on all of the middle "bamboo" parts because I wanted contrasting color in my living room.

Next, I taped off the squares in the middle and started painting black. It took two coats and I still had to do touch ups, but it was cheaper and easier to do than to spray paint the whole thing black. Plus, I still have to do all of my spray painting on the patio of my apartment, so black is a MESS. White and tan, they kind of blend in, if they happen to blow around a little bit.

When I put all of the drawers back in, I could tell that there were some little spots I had missed with the black, so I just took some black spray paint and filled in the holes (which is why some of these spots still look wet!) I also spray painted the top with sealer, which is REALLY strong-smelling, by the way, but hopefully it will protect the paint from scuffing (I have to go back and touch up the other two pieces and seal them soon, which I am NOT looking forward to).

All in all, I am happy with how it turned out! Especially when it only cost me all paint I already had and was using for other things. BUT - if you'd like a break down of costs for each item, the black paint was $5, the spray paint was $5, and the sealer was $5. But the black paint and sealer are going to go a LONG way on other projects.

OH - AND WHAT HAVE WE HERE???? DID JENNA GO AND GET SOME CHALKBOARD PAINT, FINALLY???? She did indeed! I straight up stole this idea from The Nester. Like, literally took the whole project and stole it. But at least I am giving her the creds, right?

Chalkboard paint, by the way, is VERY easy to work with. And it goes on really well. And a can will last you a while, depending on the size of the thing you are spraying. I will do another before/after about the projects I am doing tomorrow.

I still hate showing the whole thing because these couches are HEINOUS. But, as soon as I get everything cleaned up, I will show you my whole living room, as it stands right now.


*Ross and Katy* said…
I LOVE the two-toned dresser! Very cute! But I'm dying to see the rest of the chalkboard stuff. I'm seriously thinking that I need to get me some of that paint :)
Doting Hubbie said…

I like your creative re-use of your furniture.

Does chalkboard paint really work as a chalkboard? We have a daughter that wants to paint (well, wants US to paint) one whole wall of her room with the stuff. I might go along with the idea if it actually works, although even then an entire wall painted black will look gloomy and shrink the room.
Selina said…
oh that is SO NICE! love the dresser and the wall art! Thanks for commenting my blog!

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