Shanna Gilbert
Shanna Gilbert
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  • Wichita, KS

Vintage Red Chalkpainted Dresser


I bought this scratched up, dirty dresser off of craiglist. Once I got home and started cleaning it up I found a letter in it from 1917. It was a woman that was sending in a letter to apply for a teaching position. After finding that gem, I painted it with 3 coats of red chalkpaint, but in the can the paint was bright red but on the piece it looked maroon. I then coated it with two coats of another red to brighten it up. I then distressed it, repainted the original hardware and coated it in a clear wax.
vintage red chalkpainted dresser, painted furniture
vintage red chalkpainted dresser, painted furniture
vintage red chalkpainted dresser, painted furniture
vintage red chalkpainted dresser, painted furniture
vintage red chalkpainted dresser, painted furniture
Shanna Gilbert

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  • Kathleen Mary Byrne
    on Jul 29, 2018

    When you cleaned this up, did you have to sand it, or just wash it down, and get painting? Any specific brush?

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