Chalk paint transformation {part 1}

When my good friend, Jane, asked me to help her paint a piece of furniture for her little girl's "big girl room", I jumped at the opportunity!  She told me that she wanted a "chalk paint look", and I knew this would be super fun and easy :) 

After talking with her I realized that Jane did not know of Annie Sloan Chalk paint and all of its glory.  So, we talked about colors, and I dropped by an Annie Sloan dealer in Jackson, MS for a can of "Pure" and "Clear Wax".

Here is a picture of the inspiration of Ava Montgomery's "big girl room"....

...We thought a big white chest of drawers would fit in perfectly.

Unfortunately, I completely forgot to take a before picture of the chest, but just try to use your imagination.  First I had Jane, with some help from her sweet husband Richard, remove the handles and knobs and fill the  holes from the hardware with wood putty.  After Jane's husband and dad moved the piece out to their lake house and set us up in the basement/garage, we started painting.  We started with a quick thin coat of paint, no sanding involved! {This is the greatest part about using chalk paint}


Then, we let that coat dry over night.  Next we sanded the spots where the holes had been filled.  This could have been done first, but we did not have the sandpaper until the next morning.  Then, we continued with a second coat, and, in some places we even added a third.  We were shocked at how quickly the entire job went, and Ms. Ava Montgomery even got to "help" transform this piece of furniture for her room!

Lastly, we decided we could not wait on hardware to be ordered/shipped so we headed into Oxford to find some knobs.  After some debate with the store owner about whether or not they would work correctly, we decided to purchase some beautiful glass knobs from AC's.  The knobs were originally made to be used as door knobs (not pulls), so we made a quick trip to the hardware store to purchase some nuts.  With the minor adjustments the knobs worked perfectly! We couldn't be happier! 

The last steps are to wax the chalk paint using clear wax for a more finished, matte result and to add some knobs or handles to the doors (the ones we purchased were too big and bumped together).  

Stay tuned for pictures of the the final product in Ava Montgomery's finished "big girl room"!  


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