There’s something about chevrons and paint, and painted chevrons that I love! When you match that with a thrift store dresser, a little magic happens before your eyes. You can take any old dresser that no one really wants, and add some of that magic. Here’s my latest trick up my sleeve…
A unique Chevron dresser that maintains its rustic charm!
It’s just your standard dresser you’ll find at many thrift stores today. This project was for a friend of mine whose daughter was leaving for college. She wanted something unique and rustic, with a splash of purple.
She also specifically asked for chevron stripes, so I took a trip to Hobby Lobby and found this chevron wall stencil. Perfect for a project like this!
The dresser got a good sanding to take off that thick glossy layer.
I stained the top of the dresser and all the drawers in Minwax dark walnut. I bought a quart of this stain a few years ago, and it’s been enough to use on several projects.
I also used chalk paint from Hobby Lobby (with coupon about $5). The color is called Remembrance from American Decor.
Chalk paint is a very “forgiving” paint. I use a good sponge brush (from a home improvement store) and paint the first thin layer. Move in the same direction and minimal strokes will appear. If your paint is too thick, add a little water to make it creamy. If it’s old and has been sitting on the store shelf too long, it won’t mix well. Take it back and get a new one.
This was actually my first time using chalk paint, and because I was nervous about this new product, I sanded my dresser with a power sander. You don’t have to sand to the raw wood, just enough to get the shine off the furniture.
I also used two coats of chalk paint on the base of the dresser and sanded the chalk paint area with 220 grit sandpaper just to smooth out any brush strokes that might have appeared.
The drawers were the most time consuming and required more precision and much patience. The stencil fit perfectly over the drawer tops and I carefully “outlined” the chevron stripe.
Then, and here’s the trick to this whole project, I used Frog tape (painters tape) on the wood arrows area. I wanted clean lines for the chevron stripes and the only way to achieve this was to paint over the whole drawer.
Take the tape off when the chalk paint is almost dry, not fully dry. HELLO clean chevron lines.
Next, use creme wax to seal and protect the piece. Follow the direction on the label and I promise you’ll be ok.
Because she wanted a rustic look, I also used an antique glaze from Lowes. For directions on how to use this glaze, you can go HERE.
If you over glaze, used creme wax to take glaze off the piece.
Some knobs were painted, some were stained, and I sanded around the piece with 100 grit sandpaper to give it more of a shabby look.
Over all it turned out BEAUTIFUL!
And, YES, she liked it! And so did my daughters who now want something similar.
I know it’s not everyone’s style, but isn’t this perfect for a young girl’s room!
Tell me what you think.