So I decided to enter in to the Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint All About Second Chances Contest.
Just a little about why I finally decided to transform my dresser.
I picked it up from a yard sale back in 2006 a bit after my first child Simon was born. It was only $30, what a steal.
Well I work at Michaels and in came this new product to try out Americana Décor Chalky Finish Paint. I was in love. I started painting every Mason jar, milk jar, frame and more in the store for samples and at home.
And earlier this year I decided to finally love my living room and repaint the walls and every piece of furniture in it. I finally decided it was alright to love color. So I did and embraced so many wonderful colors.
I had always wanted to paint my dresser red because my kitchen has a coca cola theme to it. I was just always a little scared to do it. Well because it's red...But then I saw this paint, this new Americana Décor “Chalky” paint. It was perfect. Not too bright a red but a serious red.
Then my son, now 9 years old took an interest in the project, no I did not get any help from him except for his opinion he was the one that picked out the blue and white and told me what looked good. I loved the times he came by and said “Looks really good mom”. So it kept me going even when I was not sure I wanted to. And now we all love the Dresser now re-purposed into Art Supply drawers.
Step by Step Process of completing my 100+ Year old Dresser Transformation
First step the cleaning process. Clean all surface with a light cleaning solutions of Murphy’s Oil Soap. This helps the paint look better and stick better.
I then removed a broken piece of trim from the bottom of a drawer. But left the rest of the sides on.
Next I lightly sanded the entire dresser and cleaned it one more time.
Now the real fun begins. I then painted the entire dresser with Americana Chalky Finish paint in Vintage. This is so I had a base layer and I used it as something of a light primer. I only lightly painted the dresser so some of the dark brown and almost black colors could still come through.
Next I painted the dresser with Americana Chalky Finish paint in Romance. Leaving the legs and trim still in Vintage.