Red Chalky Finish Dresser

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red chalky finish dresser

Did you watch the horse races this week? American Pharoah was amazing. Our entire family was watching and cheering him across the finish line. It was a great American moment. I am feeling rather patriotic as a result and today I spent my time playing with color, red specifically. It’s so American.

paint for chalky finish dresses

Deco Art was kind enough to send me their Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in red. Romance, they call it. It’s the ultimate shade of lipstick red.

I also had Deco Art send me a sampling of different finishing waxes because I wasn’t sure which one would work the best for this project.

This old Victorian walnut dresser has been around forever. My mother bought it at an auction for $40.00 back in1967. It’s not a very memorable piece, the Carara marble top is chipped, and the drawers are not even dove tailed. All in all, it’s has more sentimental value than financial value. I have been thinking about painting it for years, and today was the day!

The Chalky Finish paint is wonderful to work with. It took two coats of Romance to cover the dark color completely. It sure is a rich color!

I experimented with three different shades of wax to use on this piece before I decided on the dark Cire Creme wax.

After I painted the first two coats of Chalky Finish Paint on, the color looked rather pink. I was a bit worried at first, but when I applied the dark wax over the top, the red took on the deep red shade I was looking for.

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Quite a difference, huh? I love the way this dark wax brings out the details in the carved drawer handles. They weren’t very noticeable before when the piece was a dark color.

Our kitty, Pixel,  sat on the stairs and watched me during the entire process. She was interested in the steady movement of the paint brush. Who knew paint would be so exciting?English Bank-14


The cracked marble top isn’t so noticeable with some of my favorite books and things displayed on top of the dresser. I love the color of this marble, such a classic look.

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The Flag Frames was another project of mine, you can read about it here.


birds eye view



On to the next project! Who knows what I will be painting next!



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Bohemian Nightstand



I have been working on this project for several days.

Actually, I have been thinking about it for several days. I found this adorable night stand at a thrift store recently. It called to me. It was several days later that I started painting.

I have been wanting a new nightstand for a while, and this was just the right size.

I have also been looking for just the right piece for furniture painting contest by Decor Art. I loved this piece because of it’s unique character and unusual hardware.

For some reason it seems like it is an ethnic piece, perhaps of Mexican origin or maybe even Indian.

I decided to just call it “Bohemian”.

balls and bowl


The first thing I did was to give it two coats of “Everlasting” Chalky Finish Paint by Decor Art. I debated for a couple of days as to which color to choose, since there are so many beautiful shades of Chalky Finish Paint. Everlasting is a lovely shade of white, I loved it immediately when I started putting it on.

While I was haunting the thrift stores, I came across some other cool things, like this gold bowl and gnarly looking faux fruit.

They both seemed pretty “bohemian” to me (actually they are native to Wisconsin! Who knew?)






lantern topI spotted these Moroccan style lanterns at Pier One Imports, they made it home with me too. By this point I considered “bohemian” to be a general term for anything exotic and cool. Did I mention that I am now completely smitten?

All before I even finished painting.




I gave the nightstand two coats of “Everlasting” Chalky Finish Paint by Decor Art. This brand has become one of my favorites, it’s so easy to work with. After it was dry, I distressed it a bit with a solution of 50% vinegar and 50% water, focusing on the edges and unique details of the wood to make them more obivious.

green balls, mirrors




Somehow, the paint and the distressing weren’t quite enough, so I added some castors to the piece. Nope, still needed something more.


I found a couple little bags of mirrored tiles and glued them behind some of the openings in the doors.

A little shine was just what it needed!

After I was finished, I proudly showed it to my husband. His comment: “You painted it WHITE? White is so boring!”

I guess it’s back to the drawing board!





Harlequin Mirror




It was dark and grey here today.

One of those days when you want to stay in your pj’s and loaf on the couch all day long.

Since society tends to frown on that, I decided I had to get up off the couch and accomplish something today, no matter how small.

Seemed like a good day to create a Harlequin Mirror.

I have had this project in mind for a while, so many things have taken a back seat over the holiday season, I am still catching up it seems.

I found these little square framed mirrors at a thrift store, they were just what I was looking for to finish off the dining room space.

I wanted something to add another layer of reflection above the large mirror and these were just the right size.

They must have come from Ikea originally, the stickers were still on the back when I bought them.

dining room

I previously had painted our Dining Room Buffet with Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint, and I decided to try out a few more of their products for the mirrors to match.


The folks at Deco Art were kind enough to send me enough supplies to keep me busy for quite a while.

Can’t wait to get crafty!

For this project, I used the Harlequin Stencil, Metallic Luster Wax in Silver, Chalky Finish Paint in Stone Grey, and their DecoArt Clear Varnish.


The frames were in good shape, but were so wide, it just seemed like they needed some added interest. I bought four of them, but I decided that the space looked better with only three of them above the buffet.

I will use the other mirror somewhere else in the house.

The mirrors are rather small which is fine, but I knew they were going to be in such a dark corner of the house, the frames could use all the shine they could get.

Step one was to paint them with the Chalky Finish Paint.

close up

Step two, line up the stencil with the frame.

Step three, use a soft cloth to rub the Silver Luster Wax over the stencil.

I found that the stencil was easy to keep in place when using the wax product, I didn’t need to tape it or use any adhesive to hold it in place.

Step four, let dry. Then finish with the varnish.

That’s it! Fun and easy! Great project for a lazy day.

I was really impressed with the Luster Wax product, it was very easy to use and I love how it looks.

I think I may also use it on the buffet, but that will be another post!

Chalk Painted Buffet

Buffet, before


It never fails to amaze me that when I am under the gun to get a big project done, I suddenly dislike our furniture.

It usually rears it’s ugly head when company is expected.

Suddenly, the couch looks tattered, the table looks chipped, and the bookshelves seem to be crooked.

Perhaps it’s just my paranoia, I always want things to look their best before company arrives.

This particular piece has been on my to do list for a while, despite my family being against it.

It is a rather beat up buffet, probably because we dragged it home from the neighbors trash a few years ago.

It has always seemed too dark for my taste.

Especially, in our current tiny little dining space.

Dark and dreary.

Buffet paint

The folks over at Deco Art sent me some of their wonderfully Chalky Finish Paint recently.

I chose a soft grey called Yesteryear. I love it!

I am going through a grey phase right now. You may have noticed?

Here’s another piece I did with Chalky Paint a while back.

I love the finish of this product. It covers extremely well, no primer is needed.

I like to use a matte varnish for the finish coat, but you can also use a paste wax.

Buffet details


I went straight over the hardware and all on this piece. I like the character of the old hardware even more when it’s painted.






The dark corner of the dining room seems so much brighter now! I can’t wait to get all the finishing touches in place for tomorrow’s Christmas in the Country Home Tour!

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Office Desk Rehab

I have been up to my elbows in paint lately.

I have painted hallways, bedrooms, basements and furniture.

I have paint under my nails and permanently stuck in my hair, so it seems.

But, I am not done painting yet. I am finally getting around to working on my office.

It’s been a long time since I had an office.

Usually, I use a corner of the living room. And the kitchen, porch and dining rooms. I sort of take over any extra space I can get.

But somehow, as luck would have it, I have inherited an entire room, all to myself.

This is indeed a luxury.

It calls for a bit of celebration, something special.

Like painting my desk and decorating the office.

More on the decorating later.

The old desk is inherited. It’s been around a VERY long time.

Being solid oak, it will last forever.

But, I was tired of the dull brown color and worn out handles.

It was time for a major change.

(Castle is on the computer screen, I enjoyed watching re-runs on Amazon while I was painting this project, call me crazy but I didn’t even notice it was in the picture until posting this photo today. Yes, this is my most recent obsession. Wanna make something of it?)

My chosen paint materials were a bit of leftover primer that I had from another project, and several bottles of Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint and satin varnish. Thanks so much to Americana Decor for allowing me to try their product!

The paint really doesn’t require a primer, but since the desk was so dry and the finish was so completely worn, I decided priming would be a good idea.

I was also sure I would run out of paint on this project, since these are only 2 oz. bottles, but I actually had plenty of paint to finish the entire desk. Not sure if it’s because of the primer or not.

This Americana Decor color is called Relic.

It’s a delightful neutral, I just love it.

This is my first time using this product, you can bet it won’t be my last.

I am now completely addicted.

This big old oak desk weighs a gazillion pounds, so I decided not to move it for painting. I put a piece of plastic drop cloth underneath and decided to hope for the best.

I removed all the handles before painting and filled the holes a bit with a silicone based epoxy. It didn’t work. Should have made the trip to the store for actual wood putty.

This would have not been necessary at all if I had just measured the holes for the hardware before I ordered them.

My beautiful new handles from Lawless Hardware, were too small for the existing holes.

Sometimes you just have to learn the hard way.

The Chalky Paint has a neat texture. I only gave this piece one coat, I rather like the aged look it has with a bit of the lighter grey showing up underneath. No additional aging was necessary.

I also used the Americana Decor Satin Varnish for the finish coat. It is completely transparent, doesn’t show any brush strokes and dried quickly.


The desk takes on a bit of a purple hue in the late afternoon, although in reality it’s a bit lighter than this photo.

This color metamorphesis makes me love this paint even more.

The shinny new handles do wonders to bring this piece into the 20th century, even with the mistakes I made with the holes.

There are still lots of other projects in this room.

Like storage solutions, other furnishings and more decorating.

I will be tackling them one by one.

More to come, so stay tuned!