Falling in Love with Chalk Paint

Chalk Paint Dresser

I’ve wanted to paint something with chalk paint about as long as I’ve had this dresser–a very long time. I constantly see on Pinterest and other DIY type sites, darling little accent pieces with shabby chic flare.

Refinishing furniture, or at least the intention to refinish furniture, is something I’ve always been passionate about. I’m always looking for the perfect furniture find, even if I have no place for it–and living in our little beach condo, we certainly have no place for it. I’m an advocate when it comes to making an original new again, whether it be an old steamer truck, a brick colonial or my buffet pictured here. I’ll take the time to give the real deal a little love any day over something in a box from Ikea.

So back to chalk paint. Oh my goodness I’m in love. White Chalk PaintOne pint of Annie Sloans, clear wax and a few new pieces of hardware and I had a brand new dresser. All in, dresser included, I spent about $125 on this little DIY weekend project. Oh, and the best part, you don’t even have to sand anything. That’s right, and I repeat, no sanding necessary!

There are so many different ways to skin a cat when it comes to chalk paint and wax. Every instruction I read/watched was slightly different from one another. I am confident your results will be perfect which ever you choose to follow. Both My Passion For Decor and The Thinking Closet do a great job if you’re looking for some application tips!

I was between White and Provence (I need to keep my beachy cottage look going after all) but here were the beautiful pieces that helped give me my inspiration. Certainly feel free to share your chalk paint projects and inspiration. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before I’m on the hunt for a new furniture piece!

Chalk Paint Dresser Inspiration


Left to Right:  Lily Pad Cottage  |  Antique Restoration  |  The Painted Drawer

My Little Hand-Painted Globe

Hand Painted Globe
Little hand-painted globes have been popping up everywhere you look. Pinterest. Etsy. Antropologie. And for good reason… they’re adorable!

I purchased a (rather hideous) orange globe from Home Goods ($25) about six months ago with the intent to turn it into something creative of my own. Finally, a weekend to myself, I broke out the paint brushes (and the globe that I had been storing in the trunk of my car) and got to work.

Before and after hand-painted globe

What you need:

A globe (I recommend Home Goods, TJ Maxx or Ebay)
Your favorite acrylic paints
Paint brushes
A black sharpie (optional for outlining)

All in the project ran me about $35 and a good morning’s worth of time. For inspiration, I looked up “hand painted globes” on Pinterest to better visualize the style I was after. After I was done painting the globe, I added a little custom personalization and added little outlined hearts to all of the places Kevin and I have traveled to. I cannot wait to keep updating our little diy world!

Globes that inspired me:
Inspiring hand-painted globe