DIY Shabby Chic Dresser

Felicia and I have been tackling tons of furniture projects lately. After that little side table turned out so great we decided that we are now pros and have moved on to bigger things! 

This was the beat up old dresser that we started out with.

 
It’s hard to tell from the picture but this dresser looked like it had definitely seen better days. The paint was sort of an ugly yellowish color and it gave off a dirty vibe. We painted this piece with white chalk paint to give it a new fresh look, then we distressed it to make sure those beautiful original details were accentuated.

  Thanks to eBay, Felicia was able to find the exact hardware that was original to the piece which was great since a few were missing. 
As you can see from the bottom left handle, the originals were painted over and we had to figure out how to make them all match. 

We used the chalk paint and an old rag to create the distressed look for the handless. Simply painted the handles then placed them in an unpainted drawer and used the old rag to wipe excess paint off. 

  
We decided to paint the inside and outside of the drawers since Felicia plans to line the drawers with a really pretty paper later on.

   
 We then took everything outside to sand and distress the edges.

  
And this was the outcome of all our hard work!! Just missing one handle..but it is now 1000 times prettier than it was to begin with.

  

One setback that we had was due to the original paint on the dresser. That shiny yellowish color was showing through while we were trying to distress it which is why we could only do a small amount. 

I would reccomend sanding the piece before you apply the chalk paint if your piece had been painted a funky color in the past. 

DIY Shabby Chic Side Table! 

Today my friend Felicia and I tackled a fun DIY furniture project! 

Fun fact about Felicia… we’re basically second cousins through marriage (or something) but we didn’t meet until this year when we both moved to North Carolina within 20 minutes from each other! Small world right? I think it’s pretty awesome.

Anyway, we totally click because we’re both crafty and we enjoy a lot of the same things, so when she came to me about helping her paint a side table I was all about it!  We weren’t really sure what we were doing or how it would turn out but it ended up being a success.

Like all good projects, it started with a drink! Two margaritas and we were on our way to transforming this piece of furniture. 

 
Here is what we started with:

  
 

A clearly outdated and worn piece of furniture. But Felicia saw the potential 🙂

Our first step was obviously to remove those bulky knobs. 

We decided to replace them with these cute little crystal-like knobs 

  

Then we began painting..

 

This chalk paint is awesome! I seriously couldn’t even smell it and it dried amazingly fast!
  I believe this picture was taken after the second coat was applied. 

  I didn’t get any photos of the distressing process because I was getting way too into it but we basically just used square sandpaper blocks to sand down all of the corners as well as some larger spots.

We were also worried (before distressing) that the brush creases were making it look funny but we found out that we were able to sand it down and smooth the look of the paint. It totally worked out! 

  
To finish, we lathered the top of the table with this furniture polish which also smelled very nice.

  
And this was our finished product! It looked so good next to her grey couch. 

  
What a huge difference! And it didn’t take long at all! 

Shout out to Felicia for suggesting that I turn this into a blog topic and for that margarita 😉