I am down in Jacksonville, Florida right now visiting my parents and youngest sister. One of the nice things about being a teacher is that I can come and see my family for an extended period of time in the summer! I was contacted by a high school friend about repurposing some pieces of furniture for her on my next trip to Jacksonville. Rachel had had this dresser and armoire since 8th grade, and while she liked the bones of the pieces, she really did not like the wood color. I was so excited because I could see how these pieces could really be pretty once there were done! Here is a picture of Rachel and her sweet little family!
Rachel picked one of my favorite Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors (Paris Gray), and she bought some beautiful knobs from Anthropologie. I also decided to grab some Annie Sloan Pure White and some dark wax to accent the pieces with. The first piece I did was the dresser. Here is a “before” picture of it:
First things first, I wiped the dresser down with a cloth. Then, I applied one thick coat of Paris Gray. Once the gray was dry, I decided to do a “test drawer”. I usually do this just to make sure I am on the right track. I always chose one drawer to completely finish before I detail everything and then end up not liking it. The steps I took on my test drawer were as follows: I mixed a couple of tablespoons of my pure white paint with water. I then applied it in fast strokes with a medium sized paint brush. I quickly took an old rag and wiped the white so that it blended with the gray. Once that was dry, I decided that it was a bit too much white, so I put a very small amount of more gray paint on top. I then sanded the drawers. I always sand heavily on the edges (where it would naturally occur), and just a tiny bit in the center of the drawers. If ever I feel that the sanding is too much, I just lightly brush some paint back over the sanded areas. I then used the sharp edge of a paint sponge to accent the sanded areas with dark wax, because the wood color under the paint was light. This allowed for some dark and light wood finish under the paint. Finally, everything was sealed up with a clear coat of Annie Sloan wax. Rachel approved the test drawer, so I continued this process with the rest of the piece. I then put on the new knobs. Here is the new and improved dresser!
I used the exact same technique with the armoire. Here is the armoire before:
Here is the armoire after! (minus the bottom knobs that we still needed to purchase).
So, you see how a little paint can make a big difference! If you have any old furniture that you just don’t like the color of, think of ways you can reinvent it. You would be surprised at what you could do! I have to say that this was one of my favorite projects to date. Rachel, her niece, and her sweet little Lauryn kept me company the whole time, and I just loved the way the layers of color and vintage knobs turned out! It has me thinking about what I can use Paris Gray on in my home. And the projects continue!