First of all, let me preface this by mentioning how long this thrifted bedroom set makeover was in the works. We purchased this bedroom set in late May with plans to refinish it over summer holidays. During the second of three weeks holiday time in August, we set to work. We dragged the whole set out, cleaned it off, removed the hardware, and began painting. It started to rain, so after painting about 2/3’s of the set, we had to drag it all into our living room, where in eventually sat for (wait for it…) over two months! You see, during that rain, we found water in our basement, and refinishing a bedroom set takes backseat when you have to remove the floors and walls of your living space!
Needless to say, I am super, super excited to FINALLY be able to share this set with you. It was my very first time refinishing furniture (with the exception of this little chair back in July), and it was not as scary as it seems, at least not when you have the right tools and paint.
I was using Chalk paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Paloma, which is a soft cool grey. My bedroom is getting a total makeover because when we moved in, it was nothing but white walls and blue (disgusting) carpet. So far, we have ripped up the carpet and put down gorgeous walnut colored floors, bought new, navy and grey colored bedding, and now refinished this bedroom set and got rid of our dinky old MDF ones that we have been using for 7 years (which was 6 years past their prime). I wish I got a before of the whole set, but my husband started the job without me. I did manage to get a shot of a nightstand – the rest of the set was exactly like this… just imagine bigger! More beat up dark wood and brass hardware that had to go! The set contained two nightstands, one long 9 drawer dresser, and a tall five drawer dresser. The thing was solid, and we scored the whole set for $100!
I can’t even begin to tell you how many times my husband asked “Are you sure we don’t need to sand?” or “Shouldn’t we prime at least?” in the weeks leading up to this job. He really couldn’t believe that a paint could achieve what it said on the can – no sanding or priming necessary. But sure enough, once we started, he quickly became a believer and fell in love with the soft, matte finish of this paint. It glides on so easily – we used a foam roller once, for speed purposes mainly once we saw the dark clouds coming in, but we always finished with the best brush for furniture ever – the Annie Sloan paintbrush. Before I used it, my friend Barbara (of Chase the Star fame) told me it was worth it’s weight in gold, and she’s right y’all! This brush is perfect for giving furniture that old world antique-y look. It leaves a subtle brush stroke, but not like a regular brush (check out the images below to see the brush strokes in the first and second coats of paint). It’s just enough texture to add an extra dimension to the pieces, and I fell in love hard! If you’re taking the time to refinish a special piece, or fix up furniture often, this is a solid investment.
I also needed to fill the holes and drill new ones, because I didn’t have enough hardware to put back on (I really wanted to since they were so beautiful but there were several pieces missing) and apparently, no other handles come in that measurement (go figure). So, I filled all of the holes with wood filler, sanded them down, and painted over them. (It would be best to do this before you start painting, but I was still determined to find handles in those measurements at that point.) It really wasn’t as daunting as I thought, and was actually a pretty easy process!
I chose these pretty pieces because they reminded me of the caning or bamboo that was used in old chairs. Plus, it ended up being the cheapest handle, which is always good when you have to replace 19 handles!
Drawer, anyone? And this wasn’t even all of them! We painted this whole set – all four pieces and the drawers – with 1.5 quarts. This stuff has great mileage! After we painted two coats (some spots needed three), I rubbed on the Clear Soft Wax, which protects the pieces from damage – the paint is a little softer than other paints, so finishing with this wax is a must if you want your pieces to last.
Lastly, all that was left to do was set them up in our room! As you can see, it’s not totally finished yet – we still have to pick a wall color and paint (these old white walls have seen better days), and we’re thinking about adding a decorative wall behind our bed – stay tuned for that. But for now, I’m going to enjoy my gorgeous new bedroom set!
*Thank you to Annie Sloan Unfolded for the complimentary product for this post. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. I would never recommend something that I didn’t genuinely love. If you would like to explore Chalk paint decorative paint or any other product by Annie Sloan, or for a retailer near you, please visit Annie Sloan Unfolded (US) or Annie Sloan Home. For more inspiration, visit Annie Sloan Unfolded on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or YouTube.