I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was helping our daycare provider pull together her baby girl nursery and one of the things I committed to doing was painting the dressers. I hauled them home over a month ago and then they sat in my garage taking up space for what felt like forever. I went to Florida, I did Halloween things, we had a holiday or two and then I noticed the baby would be coming in a few weeks and panicked. Also, I couldn’t reach my garbage cans or get my lawn mower out. Not pretty.
I forgot to take before pictures but here they are scattered all over the drive way getting prepped. They were a dark seventies brown finish.
Since we were being very specific about the colors used in the nursery, I didn’t chalk paint these gals the way I normally would because I didn’t have any idea how to mix the colors to get the pink I was after. I also couldn’t find the exact pink I wanted anywhere so I had Home Depot custom blend a quart of Behr Paint and Primer with a color based on some craft paint I had sitting in the basement. Turned out to be a perfect match.
Originally we were planning to paint both dressers in this bright pink but after sanding (ugh!) and priming (ugh! and ugh again!), I had a last minute change of heart and went with white and pink. So glad we did since I love how they turned out and think all pink would have been way too much.
Here’s a shot of the drawers drying in my dining room.
And some on the kitchen island….
I loved the handles and wasn’t sure what to do with them at first. I cleaned them up and tried putting them back on but they felt too dark. Then I considered spray painting them gold but that didn’t feel quite right either. In the end, it was back to the Annie Sloan. I painted them with Pure White, waxed them up, and distressed them a little bit. Perfect.
And here they are all finished up and sitting in my garage waiting for pick up. Excuse the garage type mess but they’re far too heavy to lug around for staging.
And still more pictures….I’m so in love.
A close up of the little middle drawers.
One quick before and after.
What do you think? Swoon….. I’m so in love with these babies, it’s hard to give them back.
UPDATE– I’ve had a ton of emails asking for the paint colors and how I get the paint to be so smooth. The white is the same white I use everywhere…Benjamin Moore’s Snowfall White. You can find the formula for the custom pink here.
I used foam rollers and craft paint brushes to apply the paint. I also use Floetrol. It’s truly my secret weapon in getting the paint to dry with minimal brush marks. If I had my paint sprayer back then, I totally would have have used that since I could have finished this project in less than an hour 😉