Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Gray Dresser {Annie Sloan French Linen}

I'm working on my daughter's room the next few weeks.  So excited to show you all the cute projects!  I started with her dresser that I painted with the new Annie Sloan Chalk paint color-French Linen.

I bought her dresser for $10 at a garage sale.  It's all wood but just needed a little update.

If you remember a few months ago I got the grand idea to mod podge fabric to the dresser.  Which was adorable but I should have listened to my Mother because as soon as she saw the finished dresser she said "Don't you think E will pick the fabric off?"  I totally scoffed at the thought of my sweet baby ever being so destructive.

Fast forward a couple of months and she totally started picking the fabric off while she was supposed to be napping.

I scraped/peeled off all the fabric and then sanded the glue off the fronts.  I don't know how the three year old managed to pick the fabric off because it was HARD to get off.  Two coats of Annie Sloan French linen later and I had a new dresser (again)!  I do like that it's more neutral.

I waxed on two coats of Minwax Finishing wax instead of the Annie Sloan Soft wax.  I was almost out of the soft wax and I found the Minwax wax for $10 at the Home improvement store.  I figured it was worth a try.  I bought the natural color which looks pinkish in the tin but rubs on clear.  It totally smells the same and the dresser feels the same afterward.  I think the biggest difference is that the Annie Sloan wax is much easier to work with and really soft.  So if you are doing something that has lots of curves and crevices than I would use the AS soft wax but the Minwax worked great on the mostly flat dresser.

Love the more neutral grey.

I made some little tags with some silver glitter hearts and leftover bookpage hearts.  Ellie can't read but her brothers and Dad help her put away her laundry so hopefully the tags will help keep her room super organized!  A Mom can dream!

Have your kids ever ruined one of your painting or craft projects?