I still can’t believe that it’s almost been a year since we bought our FIRST home and have settled into the feeling of permanency… you know the one where if you paint the walls you don’t have to dread repainting them back once you decide to move? The other day as Mike and I were working on Kai’s room (sharing that soon) we laughed as we drilled, screwed, and hammered til our hearts’ content – simply because we don’t have to change it unless we don’t want to!
As exciting at that can be, it is most certainly overwhelming figuring out how you want your home to look. For some time I’ve enjoyed finding items either in thrift stores or even on the side of the road to either refurbish, re purpose, or unfortunately toss. Budgets are tricky and since currently I don’t have a sponsor for home repairs (Lowe’s I’m available) I’ve learned that purchasing quality is everything… ESPECIALLY when thrifting! As yard sale season is upon us and the thrift bug has hit many of us, I’ve learned many lessons about picking out quality furniture and comparing cost to quality. Though I won’t cover that here I wanted to mention it, because when I stumbled upon this dresser on a “freecyle” Facebook group I’m a part of I knew I had to take a risk!
This dresser was headed to the dumpster very soon due to no space and I knew it had potential. So of course waiting “patiently” in line to see if we could scoop it up I started figuring how was I going to refinish it? I have previously dabbled with chalk paint and found it was great, but can be tough to keep from chipping, scratching, or showing signs of wear relatively fast. So with a bit more research I tested a method of my own. I adapted my chalk paint recipe from I Heart Nap Time Blog. It was a bit of trial and error, however I hope to walk you through my steps!
With simple hardware and a new coat of paint, this piece is exactly what we were looking for! I hope that this helps you in future refinishing adventures with your own great finds! As always I am testing and improving what I do with each piece, so hopefully this is a step in the right direction for you and keep checking back for any new tips!