This post was originally a monthly feature for The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest and has been updated with more details for your reading enjoyment and to showcase a great tutorial for a Campaign Style Inspired Furniture Makeover.
This month’s theme is “Make a Statement” and is sponsored by DecoArt.
Disclosesure: DecoArt provided the paint for this project but all opinions are my own. Some or all of the hosts of The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest receive monetary and/or product compensation from the sponsoring brand, DecoArt, in order to complete the themed projects. DecoArt will also provide the prize package for the contest winner.
This was my first time working with DecorArt chalk paint and let me just say I love love love this paint! It not only went on smoothly but also covered the wood so well. And I really like how they have tutorials on their site on how to mix the colors available to create new colors for one of a kind pieces. You will be seeing more of their products on some of my future projects that is for sure. You can find out even more about their products here.
Since the theme for this month’s contest was “Make a Statement” I wanted to update a piece of furniture in my house that really needed a makeover, and it didn’t take me long to decide on which piece.
I purchased this dresser/TV cabinet for only $50 from a friend who was updating her son’s bedroom about eight years ago. We had only just moved into our current home and I needed a dresser for my daughter’s room. Even though the piece is plain and boring, at that price it was a bargain.
About a year ago I updated a different yard sale find for my daughter’s room and this boring and uninteresting piece just sat in the basement, forgotten and still ugly. Participating in this month’s contest gave me the inspiration to finally make this a statement piece.
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Campaign Style Inspired Furniture Makeover
For this project you will need:
- DecoArt Chalk Paint in your choice of color
- DecoArt Creme Wax
- Chalk Paint Brush
- Brass Colored Corner Bracket Kits
- Antique Gold Rub & Buff creme paint
To start with the new look for this dresser, I combined a 1:1 ratio of the DecoArt Legacy blue paint with the DecoArt Relic gray paint color. There wasn’t a lot of exact science behind this step. I filled a small Dixie cup with blue paint, another one with an equal amount of the gray paint and poured them both into a larger plastic cup and mixed them well. Very easy.
I applied two coats of paint to the entire piece.
I then applied a coat of the DecoArt Clear Creme Wax and buffed it by hand several times to bring the shine out in the wax.
My inspiration for this piece was the classic style of campaign furniture. The 2-1/2 inch brass colored corner brackets that are installed at the top and bottom corners of the dresser were easy to find at my local Home Depot store. But the brackets needed for around the actual handles proved to be a problem. This dresser already had carved out handles so to make it look like a true campaign style piece, I needed to add some bling around the existing handles.
Finding campaign style hardware was a challenge.
An extensive search on the internet only found campaign style cabinet hardware handles that fit a standard 3 inch hole width. The carved out handles on my piece needed a 5 inch width between the screws. I never found any pre-made hardware that could fit over the existing carved out handles, so I had to come up with the look of campaign handles without having them custom made and to finish this project by the deadline.
I found the solution in smaller brass colored corner brackets at Lowe’s. These corner brackets are only 1-1/2 inches and by installing them on the opposite corners of the existing carved out handles, they help to “mimic” the look of a campaign style handle. Not perfect but I still like the final look.
My wonderful husband helped me add the brackets to the dresser by pre-drilling all the holes for me and I followed behind with a second drill and drilled in all the screws.
I applied Antique Gold Rub and Buff creme paint to each bracket to enhance the brassy gold color.
Now my boring dresser/TV cabinet is a statement piece in our spare bedroom. It has definitely changed the concept and plans for the guest bedroom makeover I had planned. That is okay, I love how the piece came out and smile every time I look at it. It is so much better than it was before.
“Commit your activities to the Lord, and your plans will be achieved.” Proverbs 16:3