Lisa Woelk
Lisa Woelk
  • Hometalker
  • Australia

French Country Dressing Table Makeover

9 Materials
$40
2 Days
Easy

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

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

french country dressing table makeover
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.
french country dressing table makeover
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.
french country dressing table makeover
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.
french country dressing table makeover
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.
french country dressing table makeover
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.
french country dressing table makeover
For the mirror frame I applied some rhinestone mesh around the border and glued it into place with some E6000 glue.
french country dressing table makeover
I applied some new handles to the piece and we are done.
french country dressing table makeover
Here a close up of the paint finish.
french country dressing table makeover
And the finished piece.

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  • Nan22425932
    on Sep 7, 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
    on Sep 7, 2018

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

  • Sj
    on Sep 18, 2018

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

    • Barbara
      on Sep 26, 2018

      Plaster of Paris is used to make chalk paint out of almost any paint. You can buy chalk paint already mixed, but it is a lot cheaper, and you have more choice of colors if you make your own. Enjoy using your own homemade chalkpaint! You'll become addicted!

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