Last April, after a really scary medical emergency that ended with the cops busting my grandma’s front door down while we listened over the phone four hours away, my mom quit her nursing job in Cincinnati and moved to Tennessee to take care of her. My grandma is really sick and can’t be alone anymore so we’ve been trying to get them both moved into a house near us so we can all help each other out. They’re renting a cute, little ranch around the corner from our house and though we still have to sell my grandma’s house and move all of her remaining furniture to Kentucky from Tennessee, things are starting to take shape over there and we’ve enjoyed being so close to each other after years of living in three different states. The other night I went over and they had their TV set up on the floor so I went rummaging through their garage and found this old dresser. Can you believe that my mom saved this from the trash?!
Mom had her hopes set on finding an armoire-style entertainment center like the one I snagged for $50 last year but after several weeks of watching Craigslist and local thrift stores with no luck, she agreed to let me take a stab at transforming the dresser into a TV console.
We decided to try our hand at making our own chalk paint and used this recipe with Valspar’s Birchwood White and London Coach. Now, I’m a huge fan of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. HUGE. Happiness is a fresh can of ASCP with its endless possibilities and magical hues. But…this homemade chalk paint was pretty sweet, too. I promise, I’ll do an extended post on making your own chalk paint with tips on when it’s best to save or splurge on paint but today, can I please just show you how lovely this dresser is after her makeover?
I reused all of the existing hardware but spray painted the pieces with Rustoleum’s Oil-Rubbed Bronze. After I finished painting the dresser, I used Annie Sloan Soft Wax and my trusty wax brush to wax the piece. Waxing not only protects your piece, it also makes it super-easy to distress in all of the right places. I was a little nervous that the wax wouldn’t work well with the homemade paint but it worked beautifully and I couldn’t be more pleased with the distressing.
I think I’ll call her Fancy, as in “Here’s you one chance, Fancy, don’t let me down!”
Yep, Fancy. Momma’s moved you up town…
What’s the best thing you’ve saved from the trash?