Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Dresser Make Over

A few months ago I decided that Lippy Lou needed a new dresser that was taller and not as long so that her and Lynner had more wall space in their room.  When a friend of mine posted about Annie Sloan paints I knew I had to try it out and that it would give me just the look I was going for.  So after searching on Craigslist for weeks and weeks and weeks and sending several emails with no responses (I hate that) I finally had my hubs pick up this little gem!

Isn't it great and only $60!

After he picked up the dresser I took Lippy Lou with me to a local store that carries Annie Sloan to pick out a color she would like and both her and I agreed on Provence, it reminds me a little of Robin's Egg blue.  I also picked up the clear and dark wax to complete the look.

I was so excited that according to all the sites you don't have to pre sand or strip any old paints.  Well unless of course you are me and you pick the one dresser that the paint literally peels off.  There was one little chip and I went to pull on it and, no joke, almost the entire front of the drawer peeled off.  I knew that I couldn't just paint over it if it was loose in this one spot it was likely lose on the entire dresser, and I was right.  We peeled 75% of the paint off with no sanding or stripping.  Pretty sad!  Once we were done peeling I applied Citristrip stripper and let me tell you, I LOVE this stuff.  I had never used it before but have heard good things about it and it's amazing!  And I am not even being paid to say so!  I did a little bit of sanding and was ready to get started on the painting process.

The Annie Sloan paint goes on so smooth and clean.  I was really impressed with how easy it was to use and will be using it again, hopefully in the near future.  It's made me want to repaint everything in my house.  The clear wax was also super easy to use and apply, the dark wax however was a little more tedious because not only do you have to wipe it on but to get the look you want you have to also wipe it off using more clear wax.  It was well with all the elbow greece it took though!  When I got to the last side of the main part of the dresser I did have to enlist the help of my teen to get it done, my arm was just too tired to finish it up!

So without further ado, here's the awesome dresser in it's finished state!

Lippy Lou loves it and couldn't wait to fill it up!  I now want to make a matching shelf to put all those bunnies/bears on so she had more room on her dresser for other fun things she collects.  She loved the drawer pulls and even though I didn't care for them I let her keep them since she loved them so much!

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