You might remember that I bought a couple of quarts of the Magnolia Home Chalk Style Paint online recently. I have a dresser that has already been through a couple of makeovers, and thought it would be a good chance to experiment with this paint and test it out myself. I appreciate a low pressure, low stress approach when experimenting with a new paint product.
This is one of the first pieces of furniture that I painted when I started blogging almost eight years ago, so I thought it would be helpful to give you a refresh on this dresser’s humble beginnings. It was pretty rough, and the wood veneer was a mess, but I love the pretty lines of it, and knew there was room for improvement.
Dresser Makeover #1
From its humble beginnings, I gave it a light and bright new look, and changed out the hardware as well. Not too bad for one of my first furniture makeovers, right? The bottom drawer was a hot mess, so I just got rid of it altogether, and added a piece of plywood and a basket in its place.
Dresser Makeover #2
Years later, I gave it another update, this time using Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint. Again, I think this was another one of those experimenting sessions, and this dresser is far from perfect, so it’s a great candidate for my tests. I was running low on paint, so I had to get a bit creative with the paint technique, which is why it’s a bit of a hodge podge. I was just ready for something different in terms of color, and this did the trick.
Dresser Makeover #3
And now we’re on to makeover #3 – with Joanna’s Chalk Style Paint. When I ordered her paint online, I ordered two quarts in two different colors. I chose their beautiful shade of blush called Ella Rose and a neutral called Garden Trowel.
While I absolutely love the Ella Rose, after playing with it a bit, I determined that it wouldn’t work for me on this particular piece of furniture for my own home. But I’m not giving up on this color – in fact, if you’ll remember in this post, I’m really hoping to incorporate it in my home somewhere, perhaps paired with navy.
So, Garden Trowel it is! Since I also love the way that hardware can change the look of a furniture piece, I added some glass knobs from Hobby Lobby. It’s far from perfect, but it’s a pretty piece that I continue to appreciate even now, years later.
You can see why I was taken by the curves of this dresser.
As far as the Magnolia Home Chalk Style Paint goes, I’m really pleased with it. It’s thick, but covers really well. I didn’t spray this piece, since it already has so many imperfections, but it brushed and rolled out really nicely. I think it could be sprayed, but the paint would have to be thinned out before doing so.
Are you a serial furniture painter? Have you tried any of the paints in Joanna Gaines’ paint line? There are so many different options – I only wish the Chalk Style Paint was available in stores instead of online!