Sunday, November 1, 2015

Chalk Painted Shabby Chic Dresser Reveal!

So the reveal is HERE! I am so excited about how this
dresser turned out!!

This beautiful family hand-me-down was in desperate need of
a makeover. My bestie, Kimberly, is totally glam, chic and perfect. So when she
asked me how to restore her grandparent’s dresser, I was totally up for the
challenge! She is now a true believer that old things can be just as good as
new 🙂 She
was thrilled with the results and I’m so excited she loves it in her home.

Here is a step by step guide on creating a masterpiece dresser
of your own!
  1. Start by examining your piece. Make it sturdy (this piece needed a little reinforcement on the backing with some nails) and sand any chipping paint.
  2. Remove handles and drawers. Give the drawers a thorough wipe down inside and out.
  3. If you want a different style handle (for this one we went from a centered one handle to a two hole handle), use wood filler and let sit overnight. Once cured, sand so you cannot feel the bumps and the surface is smooth. Then measure the new holes (we have this amazing tool). Drill the newly measured holes. Lastly, wipe you drawers down again to remove any dust. *These silver handles were a great find at my local Habitat of Humanity for $0.50 each!*
  4. Start painting. You don’t have to have an expensive brush, just use something with long flexible (not too floppy) natural bristles or a flat brush for smoother look. See my post also about comparing chalk paints here.
  5. We used Valspar chalky finish paint from Lowe’s for the main body of the dresser (the darker grey). Although Valspar advertises 40 tintable colors, our Lowe’s was able to match a grey that Kimberly LOVED called Metropolis (tinted off the medium base). Then we just happened to be lucky enough to find 2 Valspar sample pots (just regular paint) of a light grey for the drawers.
  6. I painted the body of the dresser and the inside of the drawers using the Valspar chalky finish paint. (2 coats with 24 hours drying time in between coats)
  7. Then I made my own chalk paint for the outside of the drawers (2 coats with 24 hours drying time in between coats). Recipe upcoming 🙂
  8. Once completely painted and 24 hours have passed from your final coat, it is time to wax. If you prefer not to have the sheen leave it off, but I do think it’s an important step for the durability of your piece. I used Annie Sloan since I had leftover from my Shabby Chic dining table.
  9. Screw and handles and replace drawers into their place and DONE!

Ahh it turned out so amazing!! Wish I could have stolen it from her 🙂

Friday, October 30, 2015

Classically Preppy Fall Look – Button Down with Vest

It’s Thrift Thursday!!

Starting with this post, every Thursday I will now highlight
a budget fashion look incorporating second-hand clothing.

To start this new weekly blog tradition, I wanted to start
off with a super classic look that everyone can pull off.

Fitted button down + vest = classic perfection.

Add some jeans and boots from your closet and you are
ready for Fall!

Thank you Kimberly for being the PERFECT model!

The Look:
  • Vest – cabi vest was from local thrift store for $9.90!
  • Shirt – Talbots button down shirt was from the local thrift store $8.90
  • Purse – Antique store on Etsy
  • Jeans, boots, jewelry – from Kimberly’s closet

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Cheap DIY Deer and Hunter Couples Halloween Costume

Since Halloween is only a few days away, I couldn’t resist posting our amazing DIY deer
and hunter Halloween costumes we were able to create from incorporating thrift store finds. 

My look – The Deer

The brown dress was $6 from the thrift store. The leggings,
jacket and boots were items from my closet. And the antlers, just sticks from
outside. (Willie took a little too much from the poor tree outside as I walked
out to find a huge branch being down in our driveway…”I said, I only needed two
little sticks, not the whole branch!”). My makeup was all regular except for
the white powder and liner I bought which was only $2. I used my bronzer extra
heavy on my cheeks and black eyeliner for my brows and the nose markings.

Willie’s look –The Hunter

I feel like this is such an easy cheap look for a guy since
most men have some sort of camo-ish clothing. Everything he wore was from his
closet (yes he wears those bright orange shoes on a regular basis) and then the
reversible orange/camo hunting vest we found from the thrift store for $6. He finished
his look off with a laser pointer to get a good point on me!

Happy Halloween!!
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Honest Review – Valspar Chalky Finish vs. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

To start off, both of these products are wonderful and definitely worth trying out! Get inspired and GO PAINT!

Valspar vs. Annie Sloan

  • -Both Annie Sloan and Valspar require little to no preparation of the item you are painting. No sanding, no priming,…whohoo! However, both do have recommendations to sand for certain surfaces that are glossy, rusty, or chipping paint (just research a little if your canvas requires a little TLC). I also recommend always giving a furniture piece a once over with a damp rag or paper towel to ensure no debris or dust mixes with your paint. Just allow ample drying time before your first coat of paint (15 minutes is normally good).
  • -Both cover well, luxurious thick color application, give a great matte finish (I do however think Valspar looks more “chalky” if that makes sense), low odor, and all around super easy to apply with forgiving application.
  • -Both do not require you to use an expensive brush (Annie Sloan does have a special brush but it is crazy expensive). Find a brush that has long flexible (not too floppy) natural bristles or a flat brush for smoother look. This brush is also reasonable if you want something specifically for chalk paint.
  • -Both brands offer a clear protective wax coat and a dark wax to give your project an antique finish.

  • Pros:
-Great value – $29.99 Valspar 29oz can ($1.03 per fluid oz.) $38.50 Annie Sloan 32oz can ($1.20 per fluid oz.)  – saves $0.17 per fluid oz. about $5 savings for a can *prices based on VA
-Easy access (pick up at a local Lowe’s compared to hunting down a small boutique distributer of Annie Sloan)

-More color options (Valspar has 40 while Annie Sloan has 32)


-Had to use more Valspar paint than Annie Sloan product

-Some people have complained that their color selections do not match the Valspar color swatches when mixed at Lowes
-Does not come in smaller sizes like the sample 4oz size Annie Sloan offers for $13.50 which is great for small projects or using multiple colors for a project

-People have stated the Annie Sloan waxes are better, however since I have not tried Valspar I cannot verify this myself

Here is an easy color swatch reference guide to compare the colors. The Lowe’s staff did state that ANY Valspar color could be mixed with the chalky finish, however researching Valspar does only have 40 tintable color options it recommends. But you can always take a chance if you find a color you just LOVE! (update 3/7/2016 – I went again to get Valspar paint for an upcoming project and the Lowe’s staff stated again that you can pick ANY color to be mixed with the chalky finish paint…WOW, what a selection!)

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