Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Chalkboard Dresser

I'm off in yet another direction, working on a new project to become a tutorial for HGTV.com. This work has been a lot of fun, though I've left half complete rooms behind me as I tackle the projects one by one, writing articles as I go. I'll be finished by mid September, and then I can return to the Master Bedroom Redesign and finish the Hall Bathroom Redesign by stenciling the walls.

In the meantime, my next project is to paint a dresser with chalkboard paint. Because of all the great chalkboard paint colors now available, I decided to try a really fun and bright color for this project. I chose Mercantile Red from Hudson Paint, which has pink undertones and is a departure from colors I've typically used in my house to date.


Also, instead of buying a dresser for this job I looked around the house first. I spied this dresser previously used in the design below, from the powder bathroom in our last home...


...which was hiding in the master closet in our current home, somewhere below the clothes hanging at the right side of the photo. The dresser will eventually be placed in the bonus room, once I get to the redesign of that room, perhaps later this year! (Have I lost you?!)


Anyway, here is how the dresser was painted with chalkboard paint.


I started by removing the hardware and lightly sanded all the surfaces with a sanding pad. I am loving these things, very easy to use!


Afterwards the dresser was wiped down with tack cloth and painted with a layer of primer.


Then the fun began, painting on the great color. I did begin to wonder what my grandmother would think as I painted. This dresser sat in her bathroom for many many years and I am certain she never dreamed this would happen to it!



A few drips were sanded away between coats of paint.


A second and a third coat were applied...yikes. The directions did say a few coats may be required to get good coverage. Using a tinted primer would probably have been a smart thing to do.


After letting the paint dry for a day, all the surfaces were covered with chalk. Then rubbed in. Then wiped away. Messy, yes. Thankfully it's still summer and this step was done outside.



Now, what to write on it?


Getting advice from Isabella, I am shopping the house for accessories to stage this dresser. The goal is to make the dresser look like it is sitting in the bedroom of a stylish girl approaching her teenage years. (For a beauty shot to accompany the tutorial I'm writing.) Come back tomorrow to see if we succeed!

28 comments :

  1. This looks great! I had planned to do something similar in Nick and Brens room! What color are the walls in this?

    I can't wait to see more of this project!

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  2. I love the pop of color that it brings. It looks great!

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  3. Love that red. I have a dresser very similar. This makes me want to do something with it. Hummm....

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  4. The walls are painted Universal Khaki by Sherwin Williams. Janell

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  5. Oh, makes me want to do something similar for our new nursery to use as a changing table for now and then re-purpose as our little one no longer needs a changing table! Hmmmm....

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  6. I really like the bright color on this piece. Glad you mentioned the primer. I would've just gone to town w/ the chalkboard paint and would probably have ended up with a mess.

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  7. I love the beautiful bright color and the curves of the dresser. Does the surface feel rough like a real chalkboard and are you worried about all the dust that will be created from using it? That's why I am fearful of using chalkboard paint!

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  8. Loving that color! This is the perfect stroage piece for a bonus room, fun and functional!

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  9. Very cool! I have a dresser in our little hallway that needs something fun.

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  10. The surface feels different, smoother. I probably won't be writing a lot on it, but I love the look of chalkboard paint wiped down with chalk, it has a lovely subtle weathered and varied finish. Janell

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  11. This is such a fun project. Love the color. And yes those sanding pads are great.

    -Rene

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  12. Very cool! Can't wait to see it with all the accessories!

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  13. what a fun color, a really pretty shade of red

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  14. I really love this. The chalkboard paint (once primed with chalk) reminds me a bit of milk paint that was popular many, many years ago.

    This could be a great way to redo the desk in my preteen daughter's room. :)

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  15. It's amazing how the color of paint used can change the whole personality of the piece. I really love the red.

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  16. How brave of you! I would have never thought to put chalkboard paint on a dresser. It turned out beautifully.

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  17. love the red! and i think your grandmother would have loved it too. what a happy, fun and chic project!

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  18. love the red! and i think your grandmother would have loved it too. what a happy, fun and chic project!

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  19. I really love the red....I'm loving the colored chalkboard paints as well!

    But I have to ask about the photo of your previous powder room...is that wallpaper or paint on the wall behind the dresser? So pretty.

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  20. Hi Wendy,
    It is painted, based on a wallpaper design I fell in love with. Thanks for noticing, this was my favorite feature of the room!
    Janell

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  21. It's a beautiful piece and a stunner in its new color!
    Am I the only one who gets very outraged if anything takes more than 2 coats? :)

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  22. Wow, it really looks amazing ! What a fun pop of color . . .what to write, what to write? Something whimsical that reflects it's new job !

    Can't wait for the final staging.
    xo
    Kate

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  23. Loving it! I love the pop of color the red brings!! Fantastic! Great choice!! :)

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  24. Oh so stunning... how clever to add chalkboard paint to a piece of furniture??

    PS Where did you find that beautiful wallpaper that is behind your original white dresser?

    Morgan @ PDB

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  25. Morgan, thanks for asking...the wall design is hand painted onto the wall based on a wallpaper I fell in love with. Here is the link to the post:

    http://isabellaandmaxrooms.blogspot.com/2008/10/wallpaper-as-inspiration.html

    Janell

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