I have had this dresser since I was a little kid. My mom wrote her name in it when she was little, I wrote my name in it when I was little and my oldest joined in the trend and carved his name into it. It had been around the block and back and was a bit rough around the edges.
This beauty had the curves though and those lines that make your breath catch in your throat when you see her so I knew that will a little bit of love and some TLC she could be the prettiest girl on the block again.
I started out by filling in some of the areas where the veneer was missing with wood putty. There were several areas that I had to do this in.
Once that was done I just wanted for it to dry and sanded it smooth.
Bam! Imperfections gone.
I honestly didn’t even worry about the scratches and dings on the edges because I felt like they gave it characters and I knew that old trusty (aka BB Frosch chalk paint powder) was self leveling and would fill in a lot of those gaps and imperfections for me anyway.
For this particular piece I wanted to test how quickly I could actually accomplish a project from start to finish using BB Frosch.
My 9-year-old Braddoc has Autism and this was his dresser. At the time I redid this dresser his room was filled with therapy swings so we ended up putting his dresser in the playroom as a tv stand instead of it taking up space in his room.
I redid this dresser a few years ago when he was taking the bus back and forth to school. I had just gotten home from running errands and I knew that I had 1.5 hours until his bus dropped him off at the front door.
Change stresses him out. He honestly probably wouldn’t even care that I painted the piece, but if I had done it while he was at home and he saw everything I was doing it would have sent him into a very stressed out state so I knew that it HAD to be done, start to finish, including dry time, before he got home from school. I also knew that it had to be sealed, cured and back in place with his drawers in their slots before he stepped foot in the house or we ran the risk of potentially ruining his evening.
I was mission ready and I knew that I could successfully complete this project before the young Prince returned.
One of the things I love about BB Frosch is that I can paint with the make over ready piece, right there inside my house.
I don’t have to wait for the weather to be nice to go outside and paint.
I don’t have to suffer in the heat or humidity, sweating buckets as I try not to pass out from heat exhaustion while painting.
And I can do it with my little kiddos running around acting like crazy circus animals and not worry about them breathing in questionable fumes.
All I do when I am painting a piece like this it wipe it down and make sure I am giving the chalk paint a clean surface to bond too. Sometimes if the wood is weathered or not smooth to the touch I will run a medium grit (400) sandpaper or block over the piece really lightly to smooth it all out. This only takes a couple of minutes and isn’t a true sand.
When I am ready to paint I mix some of my chalk paint powder with the color and brand of paint of my choosing. This time I took a frame to Home Depot and had them color match it for me. I ended up with a really gorgeous blue. I usually only buy and mix up a sample size of paint at a time because you really don’t need more than that especially for a dresser.
As soon as the piece is clean and smooth I start my painting. I make sure to paint in hashtag strokes, not with the grain (remember the self leveling properties) so that the paint would go back over itself and bond to itself and whatever piece I was working on.
You can read some of my other tutorials here where I explain that in more detail. You can tell from this picture that one coat alone covered the piece pretty well. I just needed to go back over it with a quick second coat to achieve the desired coverage I wanted.
By the time I had worked my way from one end of the piece to the other, the side I had started on was already dry (I’m talking minutes, you know that whole 1.5 hour time frame, I didn’t have time for paints that included lengthy dry times).
I could quickly move from one end of the piece to the other and being painting my second coat without worrying about waiting hours for the first coat to dry. That’s one of the many magical properties of chalk paint.
Lets revisit that self leveling thing I was telling you about.
The leg on this piece was all scratched up. It looked like a squirrel had gotten into our house, mistaken it for an acorn and tried to steal it away back to its home in the trees outside. I was not pretty…. but it was not beyond hope.
This dresser quickly became my shining beacon of hope to share with all BB Frosch lovers. When I tell you don’t have to sand it down I MEAN IT!!
You really, honestly, truly, cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye promise you, you DO NOT HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DEVILS ACT OF SANDING!!! Of course there are some pieces that do need sanding, massively peeling paint from a previous job is one of those times, but 99.9% of the time you do NOT need to sand.AHHH, Isn’t it pretty. Look at the magic of the paint. I didn’t sand it at all. The paint fixed it right up for me.
Magic I tell you, pure magic, right there in the palm of your hand being wielded by you with a paint brush full of magical fairy dust filled BB Frosch.
Once I had finished the body of the dresser I moved on to the drawers. I took off all the hardware because it was just dated and I didn’t want to paint around it. I knew that I wanted new hardware so I quickly went around filling in the holes from the previous hardware. I actually should have done this step when I filled in the missing varnish parts from before, but you get the idea, basically I’m human and not perfect.
And there it is in ALL its glory… Landon.
It did in fact leave an imprint which I know years from now when he is all grown up and moved out with a family of his own that I will sit by this and run my hand along his name crying, because that’s what I do… I cry when I get nostalgic.
This beautiful carved in name will be one of life’s sweet tender mercies for me.
And just like that, in the blink of an eye all the parts are painted and done.
And I’m loving the little baby sister hand prints in the dust that lined the drawer cubby spaces…. she was a really good helper. And you can see that I like to cut corners and not clean up any part that I didn’t have to paint….. honestly I did go and wipe it out after I took this picture and realized just how bad it was.
I put the drawers back in and decided that it needed a little something more.
I’m all about purposefully aging a piece. My kids are kids and like to do crazy kid things so I wanted to go ahead and make the piece look worn because I knew they would do that for me a bit anyway.
I took some sand paper and started sanding down the edges that would show wear anyway. One of the nice things about chalk paint is how much you can manipulate it to do what you want it to do. I wanted it to be aged, so I aged it.
Once I was done with that I sealed it all with the clear wax. This step took a few minutes as well (its super fast). Apply a square foot of wax and then wipe it off with you lint free wax cloth. (there is a tutorial here)
I installed the hardware that I had already bought, put the drawers back in, pushed the piece back against the wall and the TV back into place with about 5 minutes to spare before my little man came home.
DING DING DING WE HAVE A WINNER FOLKS!!!!!
You CAN in fact paint a whole piece, including dry time, and prep time AND clean up time in less than 1.5 hours.
That’s a miracle. It’s like a unicorn waiting at the end of a rainbow with a leprechaun and his pot of gold, right outside your back door, and they are dancing and singing and calling you by name.
This stuff is a game changer. Truly made for the Moms that have NO time. The Moms that have a budget. And the Moms that have NO experience. It’s also for you guys out there too, I’m not trying to sell you short or anything, I’m just tell you what I know as a Mom. Y’all get in here and get you some too.
Of course my sweet little man, Tayton, decided that he wanted to experiment and see if he could open a drawer without a knob, with a butter knife and scratched up the face of the drawer…. but never fear BB Frosch is here.
Another magical property of BB Frosch is that you can go back and do touch up work.
WHAT? Come again?
Unlike pieces sealed in Poly where if I wanted to fix these scratches I would have to redo the whole drawer, I can just take the rest of my sample size container of paint with leftovers (yep, I totally had paint left after painting this big ole princess) and I touched up the scratches with a tiny bit of paint and resealed it and BUH BAM! It she was back to looking good and ready for the ball.
I finally got around to adding the hardware to the top of the drawers and the swooning began.
I almost couldn’t believe how far she had come. It was like my fairy godmother waved her magic wand and I finally had a piece that was truly letting her inner beauty shine through. Yes Virginia there is a Santa Clause!
Yes dreams do come true!
Yes there is in fact a fairy godmother!
Hallelujah, Glory be and all that jazz!!
BB FROSCH is an affordable miracle maker. (you can visit my site to learn more and purchase.)
It really is true love. This once forgotten Princess got her make over and was looking better than ever before! Thank you painting Gods and BB Frosch.
And just because we all need to see it, whats a post like this without it?
I present to you the BEFORE AND AFTER!!!!
Drum roll please………..
WHAT? Thats not even the same piece is it?
This old gal had been through decades, she was showing her age and appeared to be on her last leg. Plain and simple, she was looking old and worn out. She was crying out for some love and I finally gave it to her.
Hello Extreme Make over dresser addition.
Do you have a piece that needs some TLC? Or a piece that holds sentimental value and you want to keep it but it just doesn’t match your decor?
Then Im telling you its time to give that bad boy (girl?) a make over and pour a little bit of love into it. You wont regret it.
Grab your brush, mix up some magical BB Frosch chalk paint powder and let the fairy godmother wand waving begin….. its time.