I am SO excited to share this super fun project with you all today!!! I mean really excited. It might just be my all time favorite painting/graphics project to date.
For real. Coastal themed chest, Chalk Painted & BLUE? All things I adore.
If you follow me on Instagram (I’m addicted to Instagram…I love it!) you’ve already seen this in action and little snippets of the finished piece before now. I post pictures there as I go long before they get here. Plus fun, random things too.
So ya ready?
I picked up this dresser at the thrift store for $50. More than I usually pay but it was made well and in good shape. And I’d been wanting a tall chest type dresser for awhile to do something like this on…so I took it home with me.
I created a new custom graphic on my computer about 3-4 months ago…just waiting for the right piece to use it on. I had originally planned to take this up to the shop once complete but um, no, it is still with me.
I couldn’t part with it.
Now, before I get going on the tutorial part, let me warn you, this is a photo heavy post. Hopefully it will load okay for you all. :)
The “before” is shown above…and yes, it did come with all the knobs attached but I had already removed them when I remembered I had forgotten to take a “before” pic.
I mean, really, I never forget to do that. (ha)
First coat – “Provence” Chalk Paint
(and PLEASE disregard my lovely paint job on the wall behind it -half white-ish/half yellow. I recently repainted this room (more pics also on Instagram ;) ) and didn’t have to paint all the way around because we are in the process of building an entire wall of bookcase/cabinets on that back wall )
Second Coat– A blend of Old White & Pure White Chalk Paint (I left the middle section slats Provence because of the graphic I’ll be doing there)
I painted the Provence underneath because I wanted it to show through when I distressed it.
I did only one coat of the Old White/Pure White blend on top so the Provence color would show through a little bit all over.
I dry brushed the drawers (and the top)
To dry brush, I used a blend of Provence, the White blend I mixed up & some water to give dimension and a more weathered appearance.
(Dry brush is just that…taking a dry brush and putting only a small amount of paint on the edge of the bristles…then wiping away most of it before applying to the furniture piece)
I went back a few times and kept adding until I had it how I wanted it. Multi step process.
After that dried I started putting on the graphic with the help of my projector.
I use this method of transfer quite a lot, like on this Chalk Painted Estate Sideboard —>here)
Want to see ALL of my favorite transfer methods?? You can find them all in one post, here.
This is the time laborious part ….but it’s mind therapy for me. ;)
You can see the dry brushing I did better in this photo.
Want to see a VIDEO on exactly how to dry brush? All the ins and outs, here >>> “How To Dry Brush – Video“
I used a white watercolor pencil to draw in the graphic since I was going to be painting the letters white.
I then used the same white blend of Chalk Paint I used on the rest of the piece to paint in the wording.
Finished painting the graphics on my little coastal themed chest…a little light sanding (with a fine grit sandpaper) to distress –
Looks like the paint color is a mess from sanding but it will be okay.
And now…see the blue peeking through the white on the sides? I finished it with one coat of Clear Wax.
Want to know about 26 other chalk style paints?
I’ve got the low down for you right here! >>> 26 Types of Chalk Style Paint For Furniture
Love this blue….
Close up of the distressing, graphics and dry brush.
And yes, those are different knobs. (in case you didn’t notice) I wanted crystal style but didn’t have enough of one type….so I mixed it up a bit.
I was thinking I would do it for picture taking purposes only and change them out to match later…..but I actually like the look of the mixed knobs now.
I believe they will stay.
A little nautical styling on my “brand new” coastal themed chest….
And a full frontal ;)
I really do like the knobs mismatched…it’s a bit whimsical & eclectic to me and I like that.
Such a super fun piece! And a keeper….cause I’m keeping it. ;)
Want the free printable?
PIN this coastal themed dresser for later! :)
So what do you think? You like? How about the mismatched knobs? Yes or no?
Be sure to check in next, when I share what I did with this old table!
UPDATE!!! You can see it now, here!!