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Monday, August 29, 2011

Psst...We have a Secret

We have always wanted to do a piece of furniture using chalkboard paint. With our limited DIY budget we always try to think outside the box. Guess what? You don't have to use expensive chalk paint or go through the hassle of making your own with non sanded tile grout. Gasp! Yes, it is faux chalk paint!

This beauty was rescued from the curb. As you can see it was in rough shape. It showed years of wear and tear. The drawers are not aligned properly and some of the molding separated. The drawers open and close though so it is still usable. 
We cleaned her up, removed all the drawer hardware and spray painted the handles a glossy black. While the handles were drying we sanded the dresser and then added two coats of primer. This is very important! Do not skip this step. Once the second coat of primer was on we let the dresser set overnight to make sure the primer dried completly. 

The next day we painted her up with FLAT latex paint. That's all we did. No special formulas, no chalkboard paint. Worked like a charm! 

TIP: Flat paint chips easily. Always prime your project so the paint has something to adhere to. 

We let the dresser cure overnight. The next day we took a piece of chalk and rubbed it all over the drawer fronts just like we had painted it with real chalkboard paint. We then wiped it away with a damp cloth. 

For us, it is absolutely impossible to use plain old chalk and write neatly in cursive. We wanted more control so we used Chalk Ink we found at Michaels crafts. 
We wrote the words Underwear, Bras, Socks, T-Shirts and Shorts in French. It is a little more discreet than walking in your bedroom and seeing the words Bra's and Underwear written all over your dresser. We're sure Hubby would appreciate that!

Total Cost of this project was basically nothing since we had everything on hand already. 

Oh La La! Isn't she pretty?

~Au Revoir~

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Megan said...

very cool! I love the color and that chalk ink is awesome!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Hurrah for ingenuity and uniqueness. Love this dresser and the beautiful bright color. Gorgeous!


Brooke said...

Beautiful! Returning the blog love. I am your newest follower.

Jacque said...

I just wanted to thank you ladies for stopping by my blog earlier today. I really appreciate your sweet comments!
This dresser is amazing!! I love how you have added some color and ink on it. I was almost convinced that the wording was vinyl.
Please stop by and link up your dresser on my link party. It will be going on for the next few days, and I'm sure the ladies who participate will love to see your dresser! Hope to see you both there!

Jacque @ Jacque's Soda Parlor

Meredith Resnick said...

Very sweet. I was thinking of doing this on the inside of my daughters' bureau so they would put their clothes away in the proper drawers. It was because I didn't necessarily want "underwear" written on the furniture! :) But you have found a great solution. Thanks for the inspiration!

~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking

A Mother Seeking...

P.S. Found you through Craft Maniac Monday
This week on A Mother Seeking: I Created A Birdhouse Dream House

Mimi said...

Love love love the color - your dresser is gorgeous! I have a desk that has the same hardware and it has been sitting around for months while I decide what to do with it. It will be my next project now thanks to your inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing

Ashley J said...

How cute is this!?! I love it! I would love it if you would come link this up to my Ta-Da Tuesday Link Party starting tonight at midnight!!!


xoxo, Ashley J

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Love the bold color.

Iuliana said...

Love this project. Stopping by from Coastal Cottage Nifty Thrifty Tuesday link party.

Deborah March said...

Sweet and oh-so-SAUCY!!

Deborah (visiting from

Michelle said...

I am absolutely CRAZY about that dresser! What a beauty and the color is to die for. I have SO many cans of paint in my utility room it's not even funny. I need to paint more of my scuffed up furniture around here that's what I need to do. I enjoyed your blog, will become a follower. Hope you'll stop by my blog sometime too!


Korrie@RedHenHome said...

This is darling! Very discreet ;-) Except for the bright red color, I mean...

Elizabeth @ My Life, Such as it is... said...

That is gorgeous! Love the red color. The idea of using chalk paint pen is inspired.

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Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Love the color, so pretty!

DearHelenHartman said...

LOVE It. The chalk in pen form can leave a perm. stain if you don't have multi coats of chalk paint on, btw (found out the hard way!)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that is such a fun piece! love the franglais!

Little Moos and My Creative Pink. said...

I love the color! I know how well crayon sticks to flat paint so it would make sense that chalk would too!! haha!!

vintageshabbychicks said...

Oh my goodness...what a beautiful job! I love the color...so cheery. Just became your newest follower:-)) Julie

very merry vintage style said...

Love the color! Thanks for the tip on that chalk marker; hadn't seen those before. PS--you're corn hole bench is featured this week on my Share the Love Wednesday link party. Hope you'll be back this week!

Inspired by you said...

Looks great! I just redid a similar styled dresser for my daughter.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

It looks great! What a color! Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Bunny Jean said...

Ha! I used to make my own chalkboards (I taught decorative painting in the 80's) that same way. Once the paint is "seasoned" with the chalk it is good to go.

I also know that you can get really good coverage with Gesso. But a ready made paint mix in a can is oh so easy.

Thanks again Ladies, for joining this Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party.

Your dresser turned out FAB! Love the color and the writing!

xoxo Bunny Jean
@ Bunny Jean's Decor and More!
(my MAIN blog)

Jacque said...

I want to thank you for linking up on my "Sundae Shake Up". I love your dresser. It turned out so cute.
I have a little bit of information for you. I will not be hosting my "Sundae Shake Up" party until October due to a new project that I'm doing... "30 Day Photo Fun Party"! I will be taking pictures based on a daily theme, and have invited all of my followers and friends to join in on the fun. I would love it, if you joined too. Stop by my blog for more info.

Jacque @ Jacque's Soda Parlor

Desiree @ The 36th Avenue said...


Thank you so much for visiting my party!

I was here last night by the way checking out your blog... Love it!

Carol-Anne (Use the Good Dishes!) said...

Gorgeous dresser and love the french writing! My only issue: Annie Sloan Chalk paint ISN'T CHALKBOARD paint....

trophyw.blogspot.com said...

Love it! I love the labels too. French makes everything sound so fancy-even socks and underwear.

Kahli said...

This is pretty doggone cute! I have a similar french style dresser and love the bold color you chose!

Kathryn Griffin said...

Gorgeous!! Love the color! Found you via Someday Crafts. Pop on over for a visit when you get a moment. Tootles, Kathryn

kimberlyann said...

Oh my, love this! What a great transformation, ladies! I would love for you to share this at my link party at www.thesasselife.com
Hope to see you there!

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

I just saw something like this in an HGTV email tonight....but yours is better!! Thanks for linking to Thrifty Thursday! I'd like to feature this next week!

Brenda said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. What a wonderful idea and thank you for the tip.
I followed you over from Someday crafts link up
I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Ah. Just plain old flat paint. Smart. Does it wipe away ok?

If you have a moment today, please share this with my readers @Creative Juice Thursday. Hope to see you there!

Stephanie said...

Amazing, I love it! Great job! Found you in a hop!

Suzy www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com said...

That is a great transformation! I love the tip on not having to use expensive chalkboard paint too!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

You know girls, I have wondered about this. That chalk paint is so expensive. The claim to fame seems to be that you can paint without primer or sanding. Wonder if that would work with any flat paint.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

What a darling idea!!! Love how this came out!! :)

liberal sprinkles said...

Very nicely done! Love the idea of adding text with the chalk ink. I remade a cabinet recently, though by decoupaging. I came over from The Stuff of Success, hope you'll visit too. Have a nice day!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

This wonderful post totally contributed to the blog party's success! Thanks for linking up at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

Wow! The dresser is a real stunner...great job ladies.

Anonymous said...

Fun project. Very classy.
I had not heard of Chalk Ink.

Lindsay said...

Oh my goodness! That color is amazing! Really the whole thing is stunning. I love your take on redoing a piece! Thanks for sharing this @ Show & Share!

beckyp said...

very nice. great job. I am always in wonderment of people who can turn trash into treasure. I wish I had that talent (or vision)

Diann said...

That turned out so cute!

Bootersmom03 said...

Love the red!

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Melissa said...

Wow! I love your dresser! What's funny is I have the same exact one that I refinished as well & linked to The Trendy Treehouse. You should check mine out at http://adayinthelifeofamomandawife.blogspot.com/2011/05/making-progress-finished-dresser.html

Also, really good idea on the white chalk paint. I didn't even think about that & I love the idea of writing them in French. It turned out so good :) Great job.

Good Time Charlie said...

This is great info! I am seeing this gal around the blog, so want to do something like this.

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

Love that color!! And budget friendly is always a bonus!!! Thanks for linking your lovelies to Fancy This Fridays!

Camille said...

As soon as I saw the title on our link party, I knew that I needed to check this out! I love the upcycle- it turned out darling! And thanks for sharing your secret! I love your blog. Thank you for sharing this at our Strut Your Stuff Link Party! We hope that you will join us again tomorrow!!
Camille @

Patricia Torres said...

Oh my gosh!! I totally love.. love.. what you've done to this piece.. and how you've made it look even more stunning!! That's a simply wow project.. I'm so so hoping you'll come drop by at Colours Dekor.. http://coloursdekor.blogspot.com/

Michelle said...

I have a dresser like that. Now I want to paint it!

W1SH 1 KN3W said...

I love your faux chalk paint dresser. Is your method waterproof? Traditional chalk paint is not waterproof. I want to paint my son's activity table and love the look of chalk paint, but feel like waterproofing is a necessity.
Thank you!

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