December 30, 2011

Green with Envy

I have to say I am pretty pleased with how this dresser turned out! I love the color and I have started to adore the heavy distressing. If you want to see the before click { here }

AFTER
So much better than the before!




A view from the top









I stripped this dresser, painted with a white chalk paint (so there would be white showing once I distressed), and then painted it with a homemade chalk recipe.

I used 1 cup of paint and 1 Tbsp of unsanded grout.
I doubled the amounts and added water when it became too clumpy. My paint was still a little clumpy but it worked fine.There is no exact science and it turned out great. I have read that chalk paint will dry out within a day or two. (I keep mine in a sealed container and it is still use able after three weeks and counting).

To get this color I mixed a dark sage color with a white satin paint I had. Again, there is no exact science. I mixed the colors until I was pleased with the end result.

Then I painted, and distressed with a sander. I am too impatient and I wish I would have taken my time and used a different grit sandpaper. In my opinion, 220 grit is best to use with chalk paint and it actually saves time when sanding. I took a timeout and became as patient as I can and started sanding with the 220 paper....what a difference!!!

I put on one coat of wax, added the hardware and called it a day. 

I asked you guys what color knobs and the consensus was white but I really wanted to use the black.
Since I was torn I decided a trip to Hobby Lobby would help me decide! Surprise, surprise it did help!
I found these pulls and they actually had enough for the dresser....is it just me or does HL never have enough knobs?


Here is one more look at this gorgeous dresser. I can't stop looking at it!





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22 comments:

  1. It's beautiful! I love it. Kinda makes me wish I would've distressed my dresser more...

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  2. Ooooh, I really love that shade of green. Such a unique piece!! :)

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  3. I love this color green too. I also used to use unsanded grout, but couldn't stand the lumps. Now I use spackle instead and it's so much easier to apply and comes out beautifully.

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  4. this is so pretty and I love the knobs!!! I need some new ones for a dresser I painted, going to check out hobby lobby! following you now from Debbie's party:) love for you to follow me too

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  5. Helen this is gorgeous! Visiting from Debbiedoos newbie party and just followed! Would love to see you around at my place too!
    Love, Olga
    www.stardust-decorstyle.blogspot.com

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  6. Hi Helen! This is gorgeous! I love the color! I'm always afraid to step out of the box with color, but I'm really loving this! I actually think I have the exact same dresser in my storage-I might have to whip out the paint!

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  7. Nice color choice. It looks pretty.

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  8. I just love the color. What a huge difference. I love that distressed look. I host a link party that opens tonight at 8pm EST. I'd love for you to stop by and join in with this project.

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  9. It turned out gorgeous Helen! So glad you went with white :)

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  10. Helen you relly spiced this piece up but good! Love the color and also the way you distressed it:) nicely done! Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

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  11. You did a great job on the chest of drawers! I'm pinning it to my Painted Furniture board.

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  12. really nice job! the color is great... pinned!!! :)

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  13. Following you @ GFC and FB via Freestyle Friday.

    http://www.sjb-myphotopage.com/

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  14. This is so gorgeous!! I love the color and distressing so much!

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  15. What a fab color. Looks great! {found you through Freestyle Fridays}

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  16. This is a beauty-I'm your newest follower-stop by for a visit!

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  17. Absolutely awesome! Not only is it a cool looking dresser, but you've used my favorite color! Love how the distressing looks!

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  18. Hey, just wanted to let you know that I featured you today on my blog. Thanks for linking up @ Show & Share!

    http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2012/01/show-share-21-features.html

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