French Country Dressing Table Makeover

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2 Days
Using chalk paint and a ragging paint technique I give this dark dressing table a light and airy French Country inspired makeover.

This is the dressing table we are starting with. First I removed all the handles and mirror ready for sanding.
I gave the whole piece a very light sand to remove any surface scratches.

I made my own chalk paint using ⅓ cup of plaster of paris mixed with ⅓ cup of water, then add this mix to 1 cup of paint in the colour of your choice, I used Tranquil Retreat by Accent.
I applied this homemade chalk paint using a foam roller brush. And after the first coast dried I covered it again with a second coat.
Next I used a slightly darker grey colour Stormy Shadow by Accent. I poured a small amount into a container and watered it down to a runny watery consistency.
Using a damp rag I dipped this into the watered down paint and started to buff in the darker grey in circular motions over the whole piece. I let it dry and then applied another coat in the same way over the entire piece.
I then lightly applied some white paint using a dry brush technique over the edges of the dressing table to give it an 'aged' look.
For the mirror frame I applied some rhinestone mesh around the border and glued it into place with some E6000 glue.
I applied some new handles to the piece and we are done.
Here a close up of the paint finish.
And the finished piece.

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  • Nan22425932 Nan22425932 on Sep 07, 2018

    Beautiful job! Did you make a chalk paint of the darker gray coat before watering it down & applying with the rag? Thank you

  • Annie Annie on Sep 07, 2018

    Hi fellow Australian did you seal this wonderful piece if so what with thanks

  • Sj Sj on Sep 18, 2018

    Why use plaster of paris in the paint I'm about to start this project.


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