Thursday, July 25, 2013

Painted Vintage Dresser (Webster's Review)

Several weeks ago I picked up this amazing dresser off of craigslist. What immediately caught my eye was the original hardware. Love, love, love.

 

I knew that I wanted to keep the paint technique simple, without lots of distressing, and I wanted the color to enhance the cream swirls in the center of the knobs.
 

 
 
I ended up choosing Valspar's Churchill Hotel Lace, a rich creamy white. However, I decided to add in some Webster's Chalk Paint Powder to give it a try. I thought this was the perfect project to test it out on since I wanted even coverage and a gorgeous, smooth finish.
 

 
 
(Here's the before)
 
 
 
I did give the dresser a good sanding before I began painting, but only because it was a super slick surface and sometimes I panic/obsess about the paint adhering, especially on a project like this when I knew I did not want lots of distressing.
 
 
 
Now, to be truthful, I have never used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint so I cannot possibly compare the Webster's additive to that. However, I have made my own chalk paint using unsanded grout many, many, times and the Webster's Chalk Paint Powder far exceeds my DIY version. The problem I always ran into with the unsanded grout is that I could never get it to mix properly and always ended up with lumps that would then end up on my furniture. The Webster's, by contrast, mixed so smooth and easily.
 
 
 
The other thing that I really love about Webster's is that you can add it to any latex paint, which is especially important to me because I love to try new colors when I'm painting furniture and don't want to be limited to a certain brand.
 
I ended up painting two full coats and a touch up for this dresser, which I think is completely reasonable considering I did not prime first and I wanted very solid coverage of a light color. The paint went on so smoothly and dried quickly to a gorgeous finish.
 
 
 
I am super happy with how this one turned out!  Have you ever tried Webster's Chalk Paint Powder?
 
 
 

 
Linking to: 
DIY Show Off Mod Vintage Lifehttp://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/2013/02/nifty-thrifty-tuesday-no151.htmlthurCozyLittleHousebadge150xhttp://www.cozylittlehouse.com/ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia52 MantelsBeyond The Picket FencePhotobucket A Delightsome Life vif187http://www.jenniferrizzo.com/ Boogieboard Cottage”Fall  http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/


 
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14 comments:

  1. Love this piece in creamy white! You always inspire me with your color choices. I have two waterfall dressers in my garage. I was thinking color, but now I may just go white. And I'll have to give that powder a try!

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  2. This turned out so beautifully Angela. I've never heard of Webster's before but I love the idea of being able to add it to any latex paint. Thanks for the review!
    Lisa

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  3. That dresser turned out beautifully and that hardware is so pretty! I still haven't tried chalk paint or even making my own, but the Chalk Paint Powder additive seems like a good choice.

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  4. Thanks for sharing about your experience with Webster's. I was wondering, since you are starting with latex, does this still have the dull finish? Is it still necessary to wax or seal the paint? Thanks!

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  5. I love it! Those knobs are amazing and you couldn't even see them on the before.
    I use plaster of paris for my DIY chalk paint and am pretty happy with it, but feel that I have to sand it every time so it is smooth. It is not very gritty, but I prefer the smooth feeling of the sanded paint, which then I always have a a distressed look. Did you need to sand the paint with the Webster's?

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  6. I have been using and selling Websters since March. What an incredible product. BTW your dresser is so gorgeous!
    Plaster of paris is very toxic, Susan, so be careful. And Angela, PLEASE next time don't sand first. You can even paint glass with Websters! Trust it. I just painted a silver candle stick. Once the paint and wax fully cure it will not come off. Remember, no sanding, no priming, no stripping, just paint! You can sand lightly in between coats with a 400 grit sandpaper for a super silky finish.

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    1. Have you ever painted melamine with it? I have 2 bedrooms that we have wallboard in and I was told they were just primed and ready to paint, but that was not true. They have a melamine finish. thanks for any ideas.

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    2. I haven't. Maybe try an adhesion primer first. Valspar (@Lowes) makes a good one that I have had luck using on glossy surfaces.

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  7. Another BTW....my biz is now known as The Truffle.

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  8. Oh it looks so much better now! Love the white color!

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  9. Turned out awesome. I love it!

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  10. Gorgeous transformation! I have an old, ugly dresser in our guest room that I have to makeover. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Jeanine

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  11. Yep, I love it too. I've always made my own and have also used CeCe Caldwell's paint (great too!), but I can afford Websters. I hated the toxic affect that Plaster of Paris has and wanted the versatility so my customers are able to pick the color and not have to remember the mix ratios. All thumbs up!!

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    1. I agree--the versatility is a big thing. Especially when I do so much custom painted furniture.

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