Craigslist Dresser Makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Happy Monday! Thank you all so much for the sweet words and kindness you sent to me after my grandmother passed away last week. And thank you for being patient with me as I return to my daily life (lots of laundry, cooking & cleaning) and blogging. I counted it and figured up that my family was in the car for more than 21 hours last week, driving back and forth between the states of Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia. The Georgia trip was pre-planned and was a fun (yet muggy) visit to the zoo with family. Needless to say, we’re glad to be sleeping in our own beds again and taking it easy this week!

Craigslist dresser plus chateau gray annie sloan chalk paint

So, now on to the Craigslist Dresser. I introduced her  a few weeks ago, along with a little list of lessons learned when buying furniture from sellers on Craigslist. I didn’t realize until I got home that one of the corners had been chewed up by what I presume was a family dog. And so many of you encouraged me to spend some time fixing it up and that it would look great in the end. Thanks so much for all of your sweet comments!

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I did use some wood putty on it, and sanded it down quite a bit. And while I doubt anyone else will ever look closely enough to be able to tell there was something wrong, I can definitely still see it. And it’s fine because the finish is so distressed, but I can still see it. It looked much less noticeable before I applied the wax.  When I applied the wax, wood putty had a funky color reaction as you can see. But again, the distressed nature of it keeps it from being too noticeable.

I went with the ASCP Chateau Gray because I was looking for something to compliment these two fabrics that are in my dining room and living room. I didn’t want my typical blue/green, so I wanted to go with more of an olive green.

dresser colors Collage

I wanted an olive-y green that played well with these other two greens from the living room and dining room.

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And now I’ll have to bring in some bright colors from the other rooms. I’m thinking some yellow and pinks from the dining room curtains to pop some color into the entry way.

In regards to the painting, I learned from my first chalk paint experience on my bar stools that I didn’t want two full coats of paint on this dresser. I didn’t want full coverage and then some distressing. I wanted some slight variations on the large surfaces like the top and sides. So, I applied one light coat and then an even lighter second coat. I would say that the second coat was only in some places where I thought it needed more paint. You can see what I mean about the variations and brush strokes on the top of the dresser.

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Also unlike with the bar stools, I distressed the dresser before I applied the wax top coat. The paint came off so much easier and I was able to do a lot of my distressing with a damp cloth instead of the sandpaper. I liked that technique so much better than waxing, distressing with sandpaper, and then waxing again.

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I tried to keep in mind what Miss Mustard Seed says about distressing a piece of furniture: you want to tell a story. As yourself, why would this part be rubbed off more than another spot? I’m not sure how great of a job I did telling a story, but I’m pretty pleased with my first large piece of chalk painted furniture.

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I bought the new hardware at Hobby Lobby. I ran over there one night right before they closed and had about 15 minutes to pick it out. I needed longer than that, and at first didn’t like my choices, but they’ve grown on me. I liked the bottom four knobs, but not so much the top two knobs. I may end up replacing them at some point, but they’re staying for now.

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And now to finish the rest of the entry way. I plan on putting a large, round mirror above the dresser and maybe a lamp or two on it. I’m not exactly sure how I want to style it.

Craigslist dresser plus chateau gray annie sloan chalk paint

And then a rug? I’m considering all kinds of rug options in a foyer. To have a rug or not to have a rug? What do you think?

If you want to see it accessorized on any regular ole day? The click HERE. And then HERE for the Fall version. :)

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  1. says

    This is actually a really helpful post for me! I inherited a roll-top desk that I want to paint with chalk or milk paint…so of course, I am soaking up all of your tips and pinning this for future reference. Thanks, Laura! (Love the story you told with this dresser re-do.)

  2. says

    What a fun project!! Thanks so much for coming to share it at Super Saturday Show & Tell last week… You’ve been featured! Come grab a button and share again too :) xoxo~ Ruthie

  3. says

    Wow, great job, Laura!! Love this dresser. I would never know that it was dog chewed 😉 Thank you so much for sharing at Give Me The Goods Monday!
    Jamie @ So Much Better With Age

  4. says

    I love how this turned out! I am trying to work myself up to painting my dresser with chalk paint, but I am scared! But now maybe I will get going on it after seeing how beautifully yours turned out! I’ll be featuring this on my blog on Saturday!

    Thanks for linking up!

  5. says

    The dresser turned out great! Its tricky when it comes to covering up bite marks on furniture…trust me I have three chewers. I’ve never bought something off craigslist, but you got a really good find.

  6. says

    Not sure if you tried this, but if you add a little of the paint to the wax, it might help. I had an endtable that had some water damage. It went away when I painted it, but then was back when I waxed. I used this trick and you can’t see it at all :-). Let me know if you do decide to try it and if it works.

  7. says

    This dresser looks great! I don’t think anyone but you will notice the damaged side. I love the color you chose & those fabrics are GORGEOUS!

  8. says

    wow I really like how this came out! Wish I had room in an entry way for a great piece like this, my house is small so I used an old drop leaf table that works good. I love the color and the distressing. Do not worry about where you fixed it, it tells a story right? :-) Looks really good. Thanks for sharing with us.

  9. Sara says

    It looks awesome! I love all the random projects you to do transform your home. You’re very talented and this turned out beautifully.

  10. says

    It turned out beautiful!!!! You did a fabulous job…

    Love, hugs and prayers to you and your family…Granny’s are special people. I lost my Granny two years ago…such fun memories of my Southern Granny!

  11. says

    It turned out great and the side just adds to the vintage charm. I wouldn’t let it bother me at all! I followed you when I saw the Craigslist advice on the linky parties because I really wanted to see the finished product. I love it! I can’t wait to try chalk paint!!