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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Vintage Blue Trunk

trunk as is


I had a great day today, hunting for treasures. My treasures are not gold, but of the vintage variety. This Vintage Blue Trunk has to be one of my favorite finds of all time.




At first, I wasn’t sure I was going to love the old blue paint. In fact, I toyed with the idea of painting it white, or navy blue.

But as I began to put it together with some of my other favorite things, I started to change my mind.

I love the worn down paint.

I love that it has rust around the hinges.

I love the dings and scratches and chips.



When I added some fresh lilacs to the mix, I began to love it even more.

Someone even carved their initial “N” into the wood above the lock.

I find it charming.

I was temped to carve my initial there too, but I didn’t. My kids were watching. That wouldn’t be a good example for them. But, I was really tempted. I even had a jack knife in my pocket.

I controlled myself today, but perhaps I won’t tomorrow.


blue box

I am going to be spending a lot of time sitting out on this porch this summer.



Weathered Wooden Bench

I have been working on a number of new projects this week. My husband built this bench for me (tutorial to come!) from scrap lumber, and on a whim I decided to try out this new weathered grey stain.


The stain is from DIY Driftwood. It is a very interesting product, it comes in a powdered form and you just add water to it. I have been saving this sample for just the right project. It needs to be used on raw wood in order to be the most effective. It turned out great on this bench, and am sure I will be using it on many more things!

The powder comes in a tiny little package. I used a wide mouth mason jar to mix it in. One package combined with 2 cups of water will cover a surface area of 75 square feet. The leftover stain will keep in a covered container for 3 months.


The stain is a beautiful purple color in the jar. It’s rather deceiving because it is not purple at all on the wood, but a lovely soft weathered grey.

The stain turns grey as it dries and soaks into the wood. Not all wood tones are the same, so depending on what type of wood you have you will get various shades of grey finish. Darker woods will have a darker grey finish. The bench is pine and took the stain very well.

I love how it turned out. I even used the same finish on this little cedar flower box I found at the thrift store.


Of course I had to plant the box, it wouldn’t have looked right otherwise.

The finished piece doesn’t need any sort of top coat, the stain is sufficient. I can imagine weathering all sorts of things with this product.

What would you do with it?



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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Painted Velvet Chairs, Easy Update with Spray Paint

My ugly velvet chairs got an upgrade this week! These spray painted velvet chairs turned out better than even I expected! This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you.


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We have had these old velvet chairs for several years. I have never really liked them, but they were free, compact in size and they seemed to fit in our small home rather easily.Painted Velvet Chairs

They are our favorite places to sit for watching TV, reading books and knitting.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with them: they are clean with solid construction, no rips or tears.

Nothing wrong, other than they have a rather dated look to the upholstry.

If I had all the money in the world, I would probably not think twice about giving them away and buying something new.

However, I do not have a budget for new furniture. Perhaps someday I will.

But, not today.

These chairs have been an eye sore in our living space for so long that I have spent lots of time trying to decide what to do with them.

Slip covers would be hard to make for their awkward design.

Re-upholstery is too expensive.

So, I decided that Painted Velvet Chairs were the answer.

painted velvet chairs tools

I have read a number of blog posts on Painted Velvet Chairs. Many of them were very involved and complicated.

The fabric had to be wet first.

The paint had to be mixed with additives to get it to adhere to the fabric.

Many used paste wax to soften the fabric after it was painted.

Multiple coats of products required days and days of drying time.

With all the various steps and multiple products involved, I was reluctant to proceed with painting the chairs.

That is, until I spotted this Rustoleum product on the shelf at the store.


WOW! Leave it to Rustoleum to come up with a GREAT idea!

When Rustoleum offered to supply me with some product to try, I was thrilled to accept and give it a go.

This particular product is designed for automotive use. Since many cars have velvet upholstery, I decided it was a perfect fit for my velvet chairs.

I also decided that this product would probably be very durable, as our family of 6 can be rather hard on things.

Yesterday was sunny and cool, a great day to work outside on the chairs, I couldn’t wait to try it out.

Supplies Needed:

•6 Cans Charcoal Grey Rustoleum Automotive Spray Paint.

•Tape measure


•Silver Upholstery Nails

•Needle Nose Pliars

•White Chalk Pencil

•Spray Paint Nozzel

You can buy your paint here through my affiliate link.

Because it’s a beautiful neutral shade I knew it would be dark enough to cover the denim blue chairs.

Painted Velvet Chair Directions:

•The first step was to remove the “skirt” on the bottom of the chair. I decided it made the chair look dated and would be hard to paint.

•It was easy to remove with a screw driver and a hammer.

•Then I removed any remaining staples with a needle nose plyer.

•The chair cushions were painted separately, I leaned them up against a tree while working on them.

Painted Velvet Chair half way done

Once I began to paint, I got more and more excited.

This picture shows the color difference from blue to grey, it is rather subtle, but I love it.

The paint can attachment (pictured above) made all the difference for this project.

This attachment allows the paint to spray on completely evenly at multiple angles, with even coverage and no dribbling.

It also is far more comfortable on the fingers to use the attachment when spraying for long periods of time. I will never spray paint without it again.

Each chair took 3 cans of paint, and was enough for 2 coats per chair.

The paint dried quickly to the touch, but I left the chairs outside for several hours to be sure they were completely dry.

(Recommended drying time on the paint is 6 hours.)

Nail Head Detail

In place of the skirt, I added 3/4″ nickel nail heads (order here from my affiliate link). I used 3 packages per chair, and spaced them 2″ apart along the “seam” where the original skirt was attached.

•A fabric pencil and a quilting tape made for easy placement.

•Hammering them in place was easy.

•Next, I added nail heads to the arms of the chairs in  a staggered pattern. I could have purchased smaller nail heads to fit the dainty arms, but I decided I liked the larger ones better. They created a staggered effect and I like the unexpected pattern that they make.

•I forgot to mention that I also painted the feet of the chairs the same color, I like the modern look it gives them.

Final Notes

I love how these painted velvet chairs turned out!

The original blue upholstery undertones give the new grey color depth and interest in my opinion.

I could have given them more than 2 coats of paint, as the velvet is rather absorbent, but I like how they look.

The paint makes the velvet slightly stiffer, it now has more of a corduroy fabric feel to it. I am okay with that.

My kids say the chairs are “more manly” this way.

Perfect for our Man Cave.

This project was easy to complete in the scope of an afternoon. Even though the fabric felt dry, we did notice an odor to them for a day or so. If you are chemically sensitive you may want to keep them in the garage for a day or two to air out before using them indoors.

We love these chairs, and they will be a part of our home for quite some time!

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