Apricot, by General Finishes, to be exact.
This month I have had the opportunity to be a part of the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest. We all know redoing furniture is my passion. Something you might not know about me is how much I love competition. Like, I won’t train for a marathon because I know it’s not possible for me to get 1st place. Kind of ridiculous, but that’s me.
So, when presented with this challenge, I dove in. General Finishes is releasing Chalk Style Paint and we received any color for free to review with the theme being, “A Fresh Start”. Sometimes the furniture inspires you, sometimes it’s the paint. This time the inspiration was definitely that deep, golden, beautiful yellow…this is my signature color. They also have a lot of other beautiful colors to choose from.
I’ve had this dresser for awhile, just waiting to be loved. Not much prep needs to be done before applying chalkpaint. It will adhere to almost anything. However, I had one too many splinters from this dresser so sanding down was a must.
(p.s. motorcycle is for sale)
While I waited for paint to be delivered I decided I wanted to try cutting a mirror for the top. Surely I could remember what my high school art teacher taught me 15 years ago. It wasn’t a perfect cut, but who wants that? I also decided plain mirror top was boring me so I made a faux mercury glass. (Click here to see how I completed this technique.)
The paint arrived at 2:00 and I had two coats on by 2:30. I waited until the next day to start sanding; it’s best to let it cure overnight. The paint went on much smoother and with less sanding time than when I make my own chalk paint. It was thinner than other brands, so I was skeptical. However, coverage proved to be solid and smooth. Coverage for yellow paint isn’t always the best, but this proved itself. I lightly distressed, just enough for a little character. Then glued the mirror and framed around it. I used liquid nails to glue into place, then hammered a few nails in to secure it.
Then, it was time for sconces. Electrical. Yuck. But, I so badly wanted these antique chandelier arms to be a part of this dresser. So here are the steps. (Skip to step 4 if you are a total bad ass.)
Step 1: Call your brother-in-law, the electrician, while you are at the hardware store.
Step 2: Talk really loud and look extra confused while on the phone with him. There is always an older guy lurking around just waiting to help. Can you figure it out yourself? Absolutely. But it makes the lurker feel pretty helpful and it takes a load off.
Step 3: Look at all the parts for 3-4 days. Talk about your plans in front of your husband, secretly hoping he does it for you.
Step 4: Just connect the dang wires. What’s the worst that could happen? It doesn’t work? Whatever.
And guess what, it worked. Husband not necessary.
Throw it all together…
Tea or whiskey? I’ll never tell.
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