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Your Turn To Shine- No. 16

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Your Turn To Shine weekly link party! Share your crafts and recipes!

So, we all know the Super Bowl is on Sunday (woohoo!). I'm totally not a football fan (sorry!), but I do love the Super Bowl! It's so fun to get together with friends, laugh at the commercials, and... EAT! I'm pretty sure my favorite part of the Super Bowl is all the delicious appetizers and snacks!! So this week, I've featured several yummy recipes for you to try this weekend! Scroll down to check them out, and then link up your latest projects and recipes!

Grey-washed Chalk Paint Dresser Makeover

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Dresser Makeover- How to grey wash a dresser with chalk paint!

So remember wayyyy back two months ago when I shared this picture on Instagram and you were wondering what the heck I was working on??

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Well, I'm finally going to tell you! :) 

My mom has been wanting to update a few things in my parents' bedroom for a long time. In November, I got a chance to go stay with her for a few days so we could work on a couple of projects. The main one was their dressers.

They've had two mismatched dressers in their room for a long time. These dressers have been part of the household for as long as I can remember! They are great, sturdy wooden pieces, but they both desperately needed an update. My mom also wanted them to be painted similarly so that they would like they were meant to be together!

After discussing her tastes and decorating style, we decided to go with a distressed look. My mom wanted to use grey paint. I decided to surprise her by adding a little pop of color. My mom loves color, and it shows throughout her home. Her bedroom has lots of different shades of purple, so I decided purple would be the best option. 

Here are the dressers, in all of their glory.

Dresser Makeover- How to grey wash a dresser with chalk paint!

 Fancy, huh? These dressers used to be in the bedrooms of my sister and I back in the 90s! So it was definitely time to get to work!

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The first thing I did was paint both dressers and all of the drawers with two coats of paint. I used Americana Decor's Chalky Finish paint provided by DecoArt in the color "relic." Chalk paint is perfect for furniture makeovers because it requires no sanding ahead of time and goes on so smoothly!

Dresser Makeover- How to grey wash a dresser with chalk paint!

Next, I used a white washing (in this case, grey washing!) technique on the drawers with Americana Decor's Chalky Finish paint in "yesteryear." To white wash, mix your paint with water. I don't usually measure a specific ratio, but I do make it more on the watery side. Brush a layer of the paint mixture onto the furniture, and then use a soft cloth to wipe away some of the paint to give it a streaky appearance. I prefer Handi Wipes for this because they are lint free cloths and reusable (just rinse thoroughly and let air dry!). I recommend wiping in the direction of the wood grain for a more natural look. Work quickly because chalk paint dries fast!

Dresser Makeover- How to grey wash a dresser with chalk paint!


Once dry, I gave the entire thing a coat of Americana Decor's Soft Touch Varnish. This is especially important on the top surface and the drawers since these areas get used frequently. 

Now, its time for that pop of color. Remember that Instagram photo? Did you know DecoArt provides color mixing instructions on their website? While DecoArt offers many colors in their Chalky Finish paint, they didn't have the purple I was looking for. However, in their mixing guide they did have a deep purple that was perfect! Following their instructions, I mixed three parts "treasure" to one part "romance." I gave the dressers' original wooden knobs a coat of my newly mixed purple paint!

Dresser Makeover- How to grey wash a dresser with chalk paint!

The updated dressers look perfect in my parents' room! I really love how they turned out!


Dresser Makeover- How to grey wash a dresser with chalk paint!

Dresser Makeover- How to grey wash a dresser with chalk paint!


Dresser Makeover- How to grey wash a dresser with chalk paint!

Dresser Makeover- How to grey wash a dresser with chalk paint!



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Your Turn To Shine- No. 15

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Your Turn To Shine weekly link party! Share your crafts and recipes!

Hey, friends! Here we are again! Is it just me, or is January flying by?!? It will be February before we know it! ...which brings us to Valentine's day! Scroll down to check out my Valentine's day features from last week! 

Your Turn To Shine- No. 14

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Your Turn To Shine weekly link party! Share your crafts and recipes!

Hey there! It's that time of the week again... time to show off your latest creations! We can't wait to see what you've been working on! 

Chalk painted basket- Monthly DIY Challenge

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Creative Storage Solutions! Get organized with these DIY projects!


It's time for the January Monthly DIY Challenge! This month, my blog friends and I are getting organized with creative storage solutions! We each chose some sort of storage container to create or update, so make sure you take a look at all of the fun DIY organizing projects at the bottom of this post! 

Your Turn To Shine- No. 13

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Your Turn To Shine weekly link party! Share your crafts and recipes!

Hi! Welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed your holidays! My husband and I got to spend time with both of our families. Even though my family doesn't live super close, it is such a blessing that they are close enough to visit! 

Things are finally winding down after the crazy holiday months. I'm starting to put away all of the holiday decor and finally starting to work on some new projects! I hope to have some fun things to share with you very soon!

Remember way back a few weeks ago when you linked up your latest projects? That's where are features are coming from this week! Hope you enjoy them! We would love to see what you accomplished over your winter break too!