Two of my favorite methods for DIY furniture makeovers are color washing and chalk paint. The furniture updates in this post, combines both of these methods. When these methods are combined the results are so beautiful and the creative process is so simple! If you are new to the DIY furniture makeovers, I recommend this method as a good place to start. The best part about this is that there is no sanding involved!
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The dresser that I used for this project was a piece that I found at GoodWill for about twenty dollars. It is the perfect size for a small bedroom dresser. I designed this piece to match the beach theme décor in my master bedroom.
After you have found the perfect piece of furniture to do a makeover on, start by spray painting the entire piece with chalked spray paint. This is a simple and quick way to give the entire piece a nice solid base coat of paint without having to sand the piece of furniture first. For this project I used my favorite chalked spray paint made by Rust-oleum, in the color “Linen White”. I have used this spray for many other furniture updates and it has never let me down.
Once you have your base coat of chalk paint on and it is completely dry, you can start the color washing process.
Supplies for color washing:
Gloves (this wiping process can be sort of messy)
Scissors (To cut the cheese cloth)
Small paint tray (I use a reusable paint cup for all of my projects)
Start by choosing the colored paint that you would like to use. For this project, I used a light mint green interior paint color. Pour the paint into a small paint tray and mix in a small amount of water. The mixture should be about 75% paint and 25% water. You can mix the solution together with the paint brush that you will be using. Get your pieces of cheese cloth ready to use by cutting them up into workable size pieces (about the size of a hand towel).
Use your paint brush to apply the mixture to a small part of the furniture. Immediately after the paint is applied, take the cheesecloth and lightly wipe it off. You can play around with this technique a little bit and decide how much of the color wash you want to keep on the furniture. The key is to work in small areas and keep repeating the process until you have covered the entire piece of furniture to your liking. The end result gives you a nice tint of color with an antique/beachy look.
This step involves finding some cute accent pieces to glue on to your piece of furniture. In my case, I used seashells, sand dollars, and starfish. I glued these pieces on using a hot glue gun. Old pieces of jewelry and skeleton keys are other items that I have found to look lovely on pieces of furniture like this.
Color Washed Nightstand
Here is another example of a piece of furniture that was updated with the color washing method. This method truly is so simple and makes for the most beautiful pieces of furniture.