Bedroom Furniture Makeover- Part 2



Well, hello!  I’ve been uncharacteristically quiet the past few weeks.  Super busy at work and with the boys and haven’t had a moment to myself to breathe.  I really need to start carving out some time to get back at all the half finished projects laying around waiting for my attention.   But enough whining…on to this week’s adventure!

A few weeks ago I posted about the Chalk Paint disaster that happened to my cheap, crappy NEW(ish) furniture.  So glad I posted that project fail because I got loads of good advice.  Which I totally used.  Except for the best advice of all about the Zinser Primer.  Because I had already tackled the rest of the dressers by the time I read about this tip.  I did buy the primer, though, to have on hand for the next project makeover.

For those that are new here or don’t know about the complete disaster that went down when I tried to chalk paint my black bedroom furniture, you can read all about it here.

I started off by just painting the tops in Paris Gray (Yup, again!  Love this color!) and the paint bubbled and peeled away.



So on the advice of lots of you, I scuffed up the surface of the sides and dressers when I decided to paint the  rest of the dresser in ASCP in Pure White.  I took a sanding block and scuffed the living heck out of it.



After making lots of dust, I was able to get rid of the shine and wiped everything down to get ready to paint. Aaaannnd…..(wait for it!)….It happened again!!!!  Aaarrrrggghhhh!!!!  So freakin’ frustrated!   Here’s the side of the tall dresser after THREE coats of paint!!!


A shot of the front after THREE dang coats!  Can you feel my frustration and blood pressure just soaring?



Another coat and we almost have coverage.



Seriously!  It took five coats and two coats of wax to cover the bubbling.  I was so unimpressed that I just left it for awhile.  Like totally ignored the furniture like it didn’t even exist.  Except for when I needed clothes, of course.  Because I eventually did clean up this mess….




After a few more weeks of pretending the dressers didn’t exist and I hadn’t completely destroyed them I finally decided to wave the white flag of peace.  We agreed to disagree.  I do love the color combo with my black and white bedding.  And once I added the little crystal knobs I ordered on e-bay for $1/knob, I admitted that I was kind of okay with the end result.



They are kind of cute and the basement master bedroom looks way better without all the dark furniture that seemed to suck the light right out of the room.

Black furniture….



Pure White and Paris Gray…



But goodness, they chip like crazy….This is what happened when I moved the dresser to the far wall….




I guess I’m going to be living with this set for awhile since furniture for me is definitely not in the budget.  And given that the total cost for this project was the $20 I spent on the knobs (because, as we all know, I have tons of ASCP already sitting around!), I can’t complain too much.  And I like them way better than the dark “wood” they were before.

Here’s the before and after….



As you can see from the different paint test splotches all over the wall, the rest of the room just isn’t photo ready. Hoping it will be in the next few weeks or so….stay tuned.


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  1. I feel for you, I had a project that I couldn't cover either. It was my kitchen table. Believe me I understand, so frustrating 🙁 It still looks great in the pictures 🙂

    Mandy @ The Hankful House

  2. I feel for you! The first couple projects I tried in ASCP were like a dream! Then I had one project (a quilt rack) and the paint just wouldn't stick!!! It took a lot of coats, and I wish I had scuffed AND primed first. My next ASCP project got sanded and primed, and so far so good! (Not finished yet.) I like the paint samples on the wall…have you decided on a color?? 🙂


  3. Thanks for posting this. I haven't tried ASCP because of the cost. I make my own chalk paint, but have only used it on small things so far. I will be wary of furniture and do a trial on a drawer front first after reading this.

  4. Well it turned out very nice! I love the crystal knobs and the grey top, too!
    I'm visiting you today from Winthrop Chronicles. I'm co-hosting a Linky Party (opened Tuesday) and would LOVE for you to add this. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog, leave a comment and Link Up, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
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  5. Hi! You were the link before me at the Sugar and Dots link party! I am so glad I stumbled upon you (except a little late). I totally have advice for you (actually I'm not sure if it will work with chalk paint, but just fyi for the future)! You have to find yourself a can or quart of Zinnser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer. It is a miracle machine. You use it to paint over anything (including laminate furniture, which is what I did here) and then you are able to paint the piece in any way/color you like! It is amazing!

    But if this counts at all… I love your "after" furniture! I think the silver with the crystal pulls look amazing! Good job and way to keep up with it!

    It's Always Ruetten

  6. It looks fabulous, but so sorry you had to go through all of that hard work! Can't believe it is chipping. I have used ASCP on so many things, and have never had any problems. The one exception was glass. That was a huge fail. Headed to read the first part of your ordeal.

    Thank you so much for sharing with us at A Bouquet of Talent this week. So thrilled to have you share with us. I love your awesome blog, and am a new follower. 🙂 Happy Friday!!


  7. Wow! That is so totally frustrating for you. I love the chippy look though so I think they look fab U LOUS! Love the knobs also. I'm so glad you joined us at Transformed Tuesday this week.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  8. Oh wow, that's crazy! Especially since everyone says ASCP will stick to near about anything! It does look great though and I LOVE those knobs. Might have to scour ebay for some =)

    Visiting from HoH link party

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