Goodwill Dresser Video Tutorial - Part 1

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I am still as in love with my Goodwill Dresser as the day I painted it. Above any other piece, this is the one I get the most questions about, so I decided to divulge my secret on how I created it using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Old White. Get your painting clothes on, roll up your sleeves and get ready to dive in to create your own heavily distressed beauty.

This tutorial will be broken up into three parts and will show you how to create a very heavily distressed piece just like my Goodwil Dresser. Think heavy brush strokes, lots of distressing with sandpaper and lots of dark wax. 

In part one, I show you how to prep and paint the piece and hardware. Make sure you check out the description on YouTube for links to the products I used in this tutorial.

Part two is in the works and should be up on the blog next week. Check back to learn how to distress and clear wax your piece, or you can subscribe to my YouTube channel and you will be able to view part two as soon as it goes live. Happy painting!

Another Goodwill Makeover...Drexel Heritage Shelf

Goodwill is one of my favorite spots to find furniture rescues. Their furniture is usually pretty reasonably priced, and they even help you load it in your car. I try to hit up Goodwill every other week even if I am not looking for something specific. Frequent trips give you the best chance of finding that diamond in the rough.

I found this shelf while my daughter and I were waiting on our van to get its scheduled maintenance at our local Toyota dealer. I paid $15 for it, and from what I researched my best guess is that this is a Drexel-Heritage piece from the 1950s or 1960s which is around the time Drexel purchased Heritage, since it only has a Heritage stamp.  The company changed its name to Drexel-Heritage in 1968. I haven't been able to pinpoint its exact value, but I know it is well over $15.

two color distressed finish

I used Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan for this project, and used Annie's signature Two Color Distressed Finish technique. For this process, you start with a base color. I chose Coco and painted it on thickly with my medium Annie Sloan brush with lots of expressive criss-cross strokes to create a lot of texture. 
annie sloan coco

Once my first coat dried, I painted on a thinner layer of Old White with my Purdy white bristle 2" brush. With this process, when you distress with your sandpaper your base color, again mine was Coco, will start coming through, and it creates that French Country look. I used a fine grit sandpaper in 220 and rubbed in a circular motion on my flat surfaces and roughed up the edges. The more texture you use on your base coat the more it will shine through when you start distressing, so don't be afraid to really slap it on there. I finished it off with a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax.

french country shelf

I put this in my family room where a had a cheesy, fake plant that I have hated for a long time. I borrowed all my props from around my house to stage this puppy, so I will need to hit up Hobby Lobby and HomeGoods soon to stock it up. I didn't think I would be a fan of a really textured piece in my home, but I am loving the contrast to other painted pieces I have.
white shelf

Are any of you fans of the Two Color Distressed Finish technique? I would love to see some of your pieces.

Get Your Chalk Paint® on at Carter's Cottage

It has been almost a month since I have painted. I am starting to lose my mind a little, but it was a much needed break. I am ready to jump into my new projects with a fresh perspective. 

In preparation for getting back into the swing of things, I was able to attend a painting class offered at my local stockist of Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, Carter's Cottage. I have been using Chalk Paint since last November and have finished dozens of pieces for myself and clients, so I didn't really know what I was going to learn at the class. Let me tell you, it was definitely worth my time. 

The class is taught by the store's owner, Christie Carter. Christie has an art and interior design background and has been selling Chalk Paint in her store since it opened a couple of years ago. Annie personally called her to sell her paint, and Christie has also served as the Chalk Paint trainer for the entire midwest. If you aren't impressed with that resume, you would be impressed by seeing her pieces in person. People drive and fly from all over to purchase her work. She has really mastered achieving a silky smooth touch on her furniture that you won't find anywhere else.

Christie is a teacher at heart who believes that knowledge is power. She could hoard her technique to herself, but she shares it with every person who sits in on one of her classes. What a blessing, right? 

Class Details:
In our class, we learned about three different finishes: modern, two color distressing, and rustic. All the paint, wax, brushes, and other materials were supplied for us. We got to practice the three techniques above, and Christie covered all the basics of working with Chalk Paint® including the makeup of the paint, how to clean your piece and tools, troubleshooting bleed through issues and anything else we had questions on. 

We each got to leave with our practice boards and decorative hooks that we tried out some enhancements on like gold and pearl finishes. She also gave us a tour of the store and talked about the different techniques and finishes used on the pieces that were for sale in the store.

Christie holds a class once a month on Tuesdays, the day the store isn't open to the public. For pricing and the class schedule, check out the Carter's Cottage site.

Do you like the idea of test driving the paint and techniques before you commit to painting a piece? If you are thinking of getting into painting furniture or have been painting for a while, I think everyone can benefit from this class. If you want to learn more about my local stockist, you can read about my first magical visit to Carter's Cottage.

Goodwill Dresser Upcycle Reveal

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Update (1-20-16): You guys love this makeover so much I have created a series of video tutorials to show you exactly how I achieved this look. Check out part 1 and part 2 on my YouTube channel. Part 3, the last video in the series, coming soon!

I am beyond excited to share this reveal with you. This is my first refinishing project with a piece I bought from a secondhand store. The hunting part was challenging, but also exciting.

I found this gem at Goodwill for $24.99. I hesitated to buy it at first because it had a couple of chipped drawers. Keep checking back for a post on how I fixed that problem. This thing was really banged up, too, with tons of dents and weird spills and stains. I almost walked away but my gut told me that at this price, I had to give it a chance. And I am so glad I did. It is the perfect piece for our front foyer.
I started off by sanding down all the spills and giving it a good scrubbing with some Murphy Clean and Shine Spray. This thing was dir-ty.

This is one of the corners I repaired. You can't even tell. Post coming on this technique soon. 

I removed all the hardware and sprayed it with Rust-Oleum Universal spray paint and primer in Hammered Black. This was my first time using this product, and let me tell you, it is amazing! This stuff looks like real metal. It costs around $7 at Home Depot, and it probably saved me about $50-80 in new hardware costs.

This look was created using two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White. I tried a new technique and distressed it before I used my Annie Sloan Clear Wax. I used 100 grit sand paper to distress followed by a coat of clear wax and finished it off with a mix of clear and dark wax. I wanted this really shabby because of all the nicks and dents it has, so I used dark wax on the entire piece versus just in the spots I distressed.

With the great price I got for this piece, I am tempted to try and sell. But I think at this point, I am too in love with it. What do you think? Sell or keep?

Frenchy Country Wall Collage

While I tend to lean more toward country than french country in my decorating taste these days, this project definitely has some French influence so I am dubbing it Frenchy Country. 

I recently made a jute letter and wanted to incorporate it into a collage for our family room. We have two huge blank walls on either side of our massive television (thank you dear husband) and, I wanted something unique to hang there besides another picture. I was inspired by different arrangements I have seen on Pinterest and in a recent friend's home. After hours of wandering the aisles of Hobby Lobby, I came up with this.

Frenchy Country Wall Collage

This door handle I found in the cabinet hardware/pulls section. Honestly, I love this more than my jute "M." The best part- 50% off. Cost: $5.99

This fleur-de-lis I had in my last home. Like my jute letter, it needed to be lightened up. I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White, mildly distressed it and used both clear and dark wax to finish it off. I have two of these and originally purchased them from Hobby Lobby.

I found this key on a table they had set up with "Spring Collection" items. All priced at 30% off. This table was a jackpot. I also got two glass jars and a metal basket. I can't wait to show you how I use those. Cost:  $4.49

I found the frames back in the frame section if you can believe it. These unfortunately were not on sale and were the most expensive items in the collage. However, I always have my trusty Hobby Lobby app which normally always offers a 40% coupon for one full price item. Cost: $17.99 (oval frame after coupon) $14.99 (square)

The cross I found in the cross section (yes, they have a whole section of crosses). I don't think this piece is particular Frenchy, but I liked it. It is rustic and is a symbol of my family's deep love for Jesus. It will be a daily reminder of his redeeming love, so I went for it. I can be very eclectic at times, and that is okay. I don't claim to be an expert. I just do what I like. Another bargain at 50% off. Cost: $4.99

Here is a before and after just for fun so you can see how far we have come in this room. Still more work to do, but not too shabby.


Disclaimer: This blog and post was not sponsored by Hobby Lobby. I hope maybe one day it will be. Wink, wink.