Chillin' at CRT on Xpu Ha Beach

Chillin' at CRT on Xpu Ha Beach
How I'd spend every day if I weren't redecorating, cooking, sewing and blogging!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Trying Something New (again) - Can you Believe it? - Chalk Paint Project

I picked up a couple pieces of inexpensive furniture on Craigslist for $45.  I was not thrilled in the beginning because the quality was less than my previous projects.  They were pretty abused and came to me looking like this.

Don't know what Top Secret contents had been stored
in this drawer, they were long gone
 I decided that I could afford to be adventurous with these pieces because the investment was small.  Also, they are going in an upstairs guest bedroom for my sewing machine and supplies so they won't be highly visible.  I don't even go in there very often!  After getting one piece mostly finished I think it turned out pretty cute.

I love all the blue pieces I have seen around the web so I went with a (homemade) blue chalk paint.

The top drawer has nice curvy lines

The tops of the dresser and desk are laminate so I thought I would try applying fabric on top.  My fabric actually shrunk.  Nothing I read suggested this would happen, so next time around I will leave excess on the back and side and trim it after applying the Mod Podge (before it dries.)

Apparently, it smells interesting to Chewie

The fabric on top looks pretty cool and I think I'll do a better job with the second piece. 
Live and Learn!

It was a good piece to experiment on and it looks pretty decent now and will provide good storage for sewing supplies and fabric.  The handles were white and silver and I left them for now, but I think they would be rather striking painted black.

Finishing the mathcing desk is on my (endless) list of projects. 
Maybe tomorrow?  Or the day after?

Much Love & Laughter,

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suzyq said...

I love it Laura - great job and something I will have to try one day!

It's All Connected said...

It's a very pretty dresser, now! Love the fun fabric, too. ~ Maureen

Debbie said...

I've never had fabric shrink. Usually when I work with it, I am just starching it to something so it stretches instead.


The finished project is really wonderful, though! I love the bones of the piece, and it's beautiful in blue.

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

Okay--let me tell you how much I LOVE this fabric! It is AWESOME!

reFresh reStyle said...

It looks great, love the color and the fabric!

Peggy~PJH Designs said...

You did a beautiful job. I love the color you chose. Please come by and share at my party "Totally Transformed Tuesday" @ Have a wonderful day. Peggy :-)

Kathy Moody said...

I love it!! You did a fantastic job. I am your newest follower from the Newbie Party. :)

jordan@the2seasons said...

The color is so pretty. I just bought a dresser from salvation army and I am leaning towards a color like this. Never thought about fabric on the top. Great idea!

At The Picket Fence said...

What a darling dresser! I saw your feature over at Refresh Restyle and had to come by and see more of it. The fabric is just perfect! :-)

fiona anderson said...

This is adorable, love the blue and the fabric is so cute, what a great makeover.
Congrats on being in the newbie spotlight this week !

Debbiedoo's said...

congrats on your spotlight girl!

Sooner Laura said...

Thanks everyone! What an honor!

Cathy said...

Love the color you chose....have never heard of fabric shrinking - interesting but, love the idea of using it on the top.

Jessica Culp said...

Love it. I must mod Podge a top of one of these laminate top pieces I have!