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Monday, September 10, 2012

Chippy Mint Green Stenciled Dresser

I’ve had a very busy last few weeks!  Cranked out a few rad projects and still managed to pull together a very fun bridal shower for my little sister this past weekend!  Phew!

Before I made myself put down the paint brush and start with the shower prep, I finished up this fun chippy mint green dresser (which I big fat FAILED to get a before picture of, dang it!)

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I tried a new-to-me technique with vaseline to achieve the super chippy distressed look on this piece.  When it was still wood before I painted, I did a few random smears with my hands where I wanted the wood to peek through.  Then I mixed up a batch of my DIY Chalk Paint in the darker green you see peeking through and painted 2 coats.  Once that was dry, I did a pretty heavy, random smudge application of the vaseline again with my hands.  I then mixed up another batch of DIY Chalk Paint using a lighter shade of the same green (just added some white paint until I was happy with the shade.  In retrospect, I wish I would have made the top coat even lighter for a little additional contrast between the layers, but you live and learn, eh?)  Did  2 coats of the lighter shade and let it dry.

I had picked up this fabulous border stencil from Royal Design Studios at their booth at the SNAP! Conference in April and had been waiting for just the project to utilize it.  I had a crazy hair that it would be amazing to use it vertically, off-center on a tall dresser, and it turned out to be every bit of cool I thought it would be.  :)

After I painted the stencil (I used a foam roller with VERY little paint so as not to seep under the edges) I went back with some very fine (220 grit) sandpaper in my palm sander and went over the whole piece.  The paint comes right off in the places that you’ve applied the vaseline, and the super fine sandpaper makes everything nice and smooth like buttah!

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I have a couple of other smaller projects that I also wrapped up last week that I’ll be sharing soon.

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Linking to:

Miss Mustard Seed

12 comments:

  1. Love it! The two shades of green were inspired, and the stencil...gorgeous!

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  2. The dresser is beautiful you did a terrific job!

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  3. That's beautiful! Love the stencil down the side

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  4. You know i love the color!! And the stencil is perfect :)

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  5. Nice job! Love the look and the stencil placement! Did the paint smear the vaseline when you were painting? Such a great trick!

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    1. I used a foam roller, at least for the first few coats, so it didn't seem to smear too much.

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  6. love it! just finished painting stripes on our sofa table...waiting for it to dry as i type. :)

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  7. Where did you find the stencil-- I LOVE it!

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  8. I love this! Love the color what a beautiful green and the stencil just makes it. Won't you come by and share with my readers at Totally Transformed Tuesday? I hope to see you there. :-) Peggy

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  9. Don't know how I missed this one!? Just came from MMS party. It's so cute, love that green and the stencil so unique. Have a great weekend Ann Marie!

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  10. I love it - the stencil, the color, everything!

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