We are expecting our first baby in July, and I wanted to start preparing his room. The first item I worked on is a dresser (that used to belong to me and my brother when we were little). Unfortunately, I do not have a real ‘before’ picture, as I was only documenting as I started to work on it. I would periodically send pics to my Mom to show her how things were going.
I had to do some scraping, and the old paint was thick and bubbled in spots. However, I don’t have the equipment for a ton of sanding, so I chose instead to use some DIY chalk paint since it covers a multitude of paint “sins”. This was painted before I knew the gender of our baby, so neutral colors were key. I mixed some Benjamin Moore Excalibur Gray paint with some water and plaster of Paris for the body of the dresser. Then used a Valspar sample called Pantone Cloud Dancer for the birch trees. I did have to replace the drawer pulls, but just found some wooden ones, and painted them from a selection of samples I had left over from old projects. I then gave the dresser a couple coats of Minwax finishing wax. (I love the wax, cause it doesn’t stink up the house like polyurathane.) Then, I lined the drawers, as they had some damage from years of love.
I am so happy with my birch tree dresser! I’ll be proud to tell baby, one day, how much fun I had day dreaming of him while I worked on it.