September 19, 2012

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint French Linen/Old White Gilded Dresser

I was so happy with the way my French Linen side table turned out, I decided it was time to jazz up my dresser as well.  It had the same white latex paint that was chipping and showing wear and tear.

I knew Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Wax would be up to the task of making this dresser truly shine as well as have a solid finish that would not flake off.

 Once again, I did this project indoors - partly in my kitchen and partly in my bedroom.
Here is the first coat of French Linen - still looking a bit spotty.

This lovely dresser had some really fun curves and lines so I decided to use a little bit of Old White to highlight some of its features.  My first attempt at free handing turned out horribly so I jumped on my bike, rode to the hardware store and picked up a role of FROG TAPE.

I love Frog Tape because it does not let the paint bleed through which was important for me because Chalk Paint is thick and I was doing multiple coats.

It pealed up easily and did not pull up the dry paint underneath.

Ta-da!  Perfection. 
Two coats of French Linen and two coats of Old White on the borders.

I painted the insides and sides of the drawers Louie Blue for a fun Pop of Color.

While I was shopping on the Eastern Shore during our trip a few weeks ago, I purchased these gorgeous drawer liners - lemon verbena scented.

I lightly distressed the dresser (mainly along the edges) and used a bit of dark wax on the Old White portion and intermittently on the top, sides and drawer fronts - enough to give it an aged look but not make it too dark.

The final touch was a bit of gilding in Empire Gold.

The gilding really made the little details shine.

Thanks to a little elbow grease, some Chalk Paint and dedication I now have a much more sophisticated bedroom that truly reflects my taste without purchasing anything new.


  1. I love it Em! I am totally getting the itch to paint something again. Also, I am planning on doing an Apartment Tour post soon and then I'll (finally) post on my first ever ASCP DIY. xoxoxo

  2. Beautiful attention to details. Love it.

  3. Elegant piece, you did a wonderful job.

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! You have some lovely pieces as well!


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