Delusions of ingenuity
Delusions of ingenuity
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Frédéric-Franz -- A Chest of Drawers Makeover DIY Chalk Paint


My daughter has been away at college because apparently she couldn’t learn everything she needed to know on the streets, and she loves being in debt.
All joking aside, she graduates next month, Magna Cum Laude, I might add. I’m proud beyond proud.
Can’t you tell how smart she is? She loves all the things Mama makes for her.
fr d ric franz a chest of drawers makeover diy chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture
Apparently she has an affliction where hair grows from only one side of her head. I’ve completely come off the rails. Back to the chest of drawers.
When I shoveled her into her first apartment, I wanted her to have a piece of personalized furniture, so I dragged the nastiest, stinkiest chest of drawers I could find out of the basement and gave it a makeover.
It smelled nasty. It’s always smelled nasty. My mom tried to de-nastify it when I was a kid, to no avail. Here's the before:
fr d ric franz a chest of drawers makeover diy chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture
See the wallpaper liner in the drawers? That was the wallpaper I had in my room when I was a kid. NICE!!
fr d ric franz a chest of drawers makeover diy chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture
I primed Mr. Nasty down to his nether-regions. Every crack and crevice. He even giggled and said it tickled. I swear he did. Then I did a second coat. He passed out.
fr d ric franz a chest of drawers makeover diy chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture
I mixed up some DIY chalk paint. This isn’t a scientific recipe. You can find them everywhere online, but basically I took one part Plaster of Paris, gradually added bits of water and stirred it until smooth, then added 3 parts latex paint and stirred completely. Got it? (This was when I first started experimenting with chalk paint. I could have just as easily used plain latex.)
She’s a music major (piano is her main instrument) so I had to do something musical. She was enamored of Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt, thus, the name of this little project.
I painted the entire body/drawer faces in white, then got busy planning the design in black. I also picked up some red(ish) paint for inside the poor boy’s drawers.
I downloaded the “Chopin” font from dafont.com and transferred the letters and painted them in.
fr d ric franz a chest of drawers makeover diy chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture
fr d ric franz a chest of drawers makeover diy chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture
For all the transfers on this project, I printed out the images, placed graphite tracing paper underneath the design, traced the design, and then painted with black. Inside the lines, to be sure.
fr d ric franz a chest of drawers makeover diy chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture
I had to do the keyboard in several steps. After tracing, I used painter’s tape to ensure all the lines were perfect. After taping, I first sealed the tape down with more white paint so the black paint wouldn't bleed through. Nothing bled! I hate blood.
fr d ric franz a chest of drawers makeover diy chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture
This was the perfect design for the front (because I heart her very much) and it was a great opportunity for my running shoes to photobomb.
fr d ric franz a chest of drawers makeover diy chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture
I reattached the handles, painted them up, sealed everything with Johnson’s Paste Wax, then took a much-needed shower.
fr d ric franz a chest of drawers makeover diy chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture
fr d ric franz a chest of drawers makeover diy chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture
fr d ric franz a chest of drawers makeover diy chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture
fr d ric franz a chest of drawers makeover diy chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture
fr d ric franz a chest of drawers makeover diy chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture
Before and after!
fr d ric franz a chest of drawers makeover diy chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture
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  • Erin Stiltz
    on Nov 19, 2018

    That is utterly fantabulous, dear, I must say!!! I, myself, am quite thoroughly impressed!!! I love all your projects, but honey, I just gotta tell ya, it's that sharp and sarcastic, dry as the Sahara sense of humor that keeps me coming back!! Lady, you are seriously funny, and super entertaining!! Thanks for the diy inspirations, to be sure, but seriously, the thanks is more for the chuckles, guffaws, giggles, and outright lols you've provided me with!! Keep it up!!

  • Carol Cole
    30 minutes ago

    I love it. You are a great mom.

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