I hate to admit that this beauty has been sitting in my garage pretty much
all summer. By looking at it your probably thinking I should have left in
the garage. Really, I had big plans for this dresser and for only $10 from a
garage sale I couldn't pass it up.
Not so pretty, but it has potential and it's solid.
See what I mean, from drab to FAB
My love affair with Annie Sloan continues, ahhhh...Since my first Annie Sloan project here I've
realized I never, ever want to sand, prime, and sand again on any piece of furniture. I wanted to
go with a bolder color and expand my horizon a bit. I went with Provence, a beautiful blue green
color. It reminds me of the sea. When I opened the can I did have second thoughts, but I pressed
on and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.
Along with using a bolder color I decided to try Annie Sloan's Dark wax and
let me tell you how scared I was. I think I watched every YouTube video out
there and I even called my friend Cindy at Second Betty's. She's an expert with
Annie Sloan paint and has used everything. Here's what I did:
After two coats of paint you first need to apply
a thin layer of Annie Sloan Clear wax. After the clear coat dries you can apply the
Dark wax sparingly. WARNING it goes on dark, but you buff off the wax to the desired
shade you are looking for. Another quick tip about the wax, if you get too much
Dark wax on your furniture then use the Clear wax to buff it out and lighten it up.
I had to do it several times. On the edges I used sand paper to get the distressed
look I was wanting to achieve. I love the distressed look, especially when you can
do it yourself.
I busted out the top two drawers, but kept the bottoms of the drawers.
I fit those back in the dresser for extra support to hold the DVD player,
receiver, and baskets for all the remotes and Wii games. The bottom
drawer is used to hide all of our junk. I replaced the existing hardware
with new hardware from Target.
Here's the breakdown on this easy DIY project and how much it cost me:
Garage sale dresser: $10
Hardware: $6 (multi-pack, some left over)
Annie Sloan Provence Paint: $35 (used 1/4 of the can)
Annie Sloan Dark Wax: $25
Annie Sloan Clear Wax: $0 (already had on hand)
Cheesecloth: (already had on hand)
Baskets from Michael's: $10
I realize Annie Sloan paint can be expensive, but please keep in mind the paint goes a long way.