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Ridiculously Awesome Shabby Chic Furniture Makeover Using Krylon Looking Glass Paint

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I am so excited to share this dresser and night stand transformation. You won’t believe the before and after pictures or how easy it was to do. These are the after pics… (The color of the dresser is accurate. The night stand picture has the sun pouring in which sort of warps the color a bit.)

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Finished Shabby Chic Night Stand Refurb

 

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Finished Shabby Chic Dresser Makeover

 

So, let me give you a little background on this project. You see, my parents still have the same furniture they had when I was kid. Sure back in the 80’s those pieces may have been fashionable, but the years have taken a toll on them and it was definitely time to get the parental unit’s decor into the 21st century. So project #1 for mom and pops was to give some of their furnishings a little personality starting with a dull, scratched up night stand and dresser and I’m so excited to share the evolution. The best part is that it was so incredibly easy. My secret to effortlessness: spray paint! That’s right. I worked the same process on both pieces, so I’ll only show the step by step on the night stand (because I didn’t take enough pictures of the dresser) and at the end of this post you’ll get the big reveal. Oh wait, I already posted it above. Okay, well you’ll get the before and after pics. How ‘boat that?

My materials:

1. Krylon Chalkboard Spray Paint (2 cans)
2. Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like Spray Paint (3 cans)
3. Valspar Clear Protector (1 quart)
4. Wooster Brush Ultra/Pro Sable Angle Paintbrush
5. A bunch of mismatched Hobby Lobby glass cabinet knobs (17 knobs; ~$40)
6. Elmer’s Wood Filler
7. 220 Grit Sandpaper

Now, I already had the wood filler, brush, and sandpaper, so my total cost to restore this bedroom set to new was a mere $95.64! Less than $100! Woo hoo! I LOVE a bargain. But I also love quality and while I have to admit that $14 for a paint brush may seem a little pricey, it was well worth it. I bought a cheap brush for a prior project and I was constantly picking broken bristles off my painted surface, plus it left the ugliest brush marks. I ended up sanding off the entire newly paint surface, buying this Wooster brush and re-doing the whole @#!$%!! thing. In comparison to that old brush, this baby is a dream. And just to note, for this project I only used the brush to apply the clear protector finish. They other paints are all in spray form. So, moving on, here are my really fugly blank canvases:

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Before

 

diy shabby chic furniture refurb krylon looking glass

Before

And the makeover begins…

Step 1: First, make sure you’re working in a well ventilated space. I did my work in my private studio that my parents refer to as their front yard and patio. Once you’ve got a comfortable work space, remove all hardware, fill holes with wood filler and sand down the filled holes till smooth. As you can see I already did that on the dresser.

Step 2: Spray paint goes on really thin so any imperfections or scratches on wood will really stand out after painting, so sand anything you don’t want to see.

Step 3: Remove drawers and apply a thin layer of chalkboard paint to the drawer faces and the body of the furniture. Now, you’re probably wondering why I used chalkboard paint instead of regular primer. It was sort of an experiment. I read that chalkboard paint sticks to anything so it makes a pretty good primer. But the real selling point for me is that there’s no need to sand the surface. Confession: I HATE SANDING. I’ll admit, I did sand a few scratches on the top surfaces, along with the wood filler surface. But I have no problem taking a shortcut if it means I get to skip the sanding. And whoever said chalk board paint makes a good primer hit it right on the nose. I’m sold. Oh, and here’s my spray painting lesson learned: It’s really easy to get pooling and drips on your surface. To avoid this make sure to hold  the can at least a foot away from the surface and keep the can moving in sweeping motions so the coats go on thin without drips. I did two coats of the chalkboard paint before trying not to screw up the real finish.

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Drawers

 

diy shabby chic furniture refurb krylon looking glass paint

Primed drawers with chalkboard paint. Two coats.

 

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Night stand primed. Two coats of chalkboard spray paint.

Step 4: Krylon Looking Glass paint. What is it you ask? Another experiment of mine. This paint is recommended for use on glass surfaces to create a mirrored finish. I was going for something like this:

diy shabby chic furniture refurb krylon looking glass paint

My inspiration.

Well, it didn’t quite work out that way. But still, I really like the finish I got. It’s sort of a gun metal looking finish.

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Three coats of Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint

While spraying, I went heavier in some areas and lighter in others giving the finish an uneven look where some of the black comes through on some areas, while other parts are very silvery. The heavier painted areas are accomplished with more layers rather than thicker paint because as I mentioned in step 3, the paint will pool and drip if you don’t keep the layers thin. The cans are only 6 ounces, so I used a total of three cans for the two pieces of furniture.

Step 5: Sealing your surfaces. You’ll want to seal your painted surfaces to protect from chipping, water damage, etc.  I used Valspar Protective Finish. It’s water based and goes on milky, but dries clear. I used two coats of the finisher. To avoid brush marks: 1) as I mentioned earlier, definitely use a good quality brush, and 2) Lightly sand between coats. Yes, I hate sanding, but this wasn’t too bad since it was such a quick light job. The theory here is that there are peaks and valleys of the substrate left on the surface after painting with a brush. Sanding gets rid of the peaks and the next layer fills in the valleys so you end up with a smooth surface. Sounds reasonable, huh? 3) Keep the layers thin. 4) And finally, after you’ve started to put down a layer, DO NOT run your brush back over. Once the paint/finisher starts to dry if you run your brush back over it you’ll end up with some clumpy sticky looking stuff. So just a quick coat and let it dry. If you’re worried about brush lines, just wait to sand instead of trying to smooth with your brush.

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Applying clear protector

And one last thing on the sealer… While I liked the smoothness and the final finish of the Valspar product, it really bugged me that even after letting the dressers sit outside for a few days after the final coat, I could still smell the product almost two weeks after bringing the pieces back into the house.  The plus side though for Valspar is that it’s only $7, more than half the price of their Minwax Polycrylic competitor. But Minwax does claim to have “little odor” so I’m thinking that next time this sensitive schnoz will dish out the $17 for a quart of it.

Step 6: Hardware! This is the super fun part. Shopping! I found the most awesome glass knobs at Hobby Lobby. And what gets even better is that about once or twice a month their knobs go on sale for 50% off. Score! And you know what that means… I’m actually saving money by going shopping! I needed 17 knobs and the regular prices at Hobby Lobby range from $3 to $5 per knob. But with the 50% discount I got all 17 knobs for about $40. Score. Score. I mismatched the knobs for more of a shabby chic kind of look. Check out some of the perdy knobs, all installed and gorgeous looking. What can I say, I like shiny things.

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Drawer pull

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Drawer pull

 

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Drawer pulls

diy shabby chic furniture refurb krylon looking glass paint

Drawer pull

diy shabby chic furniture refurb krylon looking glass paint

Drawer pull

diy shabby chic furniture refurb krylon looking glass paint

Drawer pull

 

And now, the big reveal. Okay the second big reveal….

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Shabby Chic Dresser Makeover

 

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Finished Shabby Chic Night Stand Refurb

Oh, and notice the sexy floors holding up the sexy furniture. Installed by yours truly…but that’ll be a future post. One more time, before and afters…

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Before

 

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Finished Shabby Chic Night Stand Refurb

 

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Before

 

diy furniture refurb shabby chic krylon looking glass

Shabby Chic Dresser Makeover

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67 Comments on Ridiculously Awesome Shabby Chic Furniture Makeover Using Krylon Looking Glass Paint

  1. Emily
    March 24, 2014 at 11:00 am (4 years ago)

    What a transformation! Love the way look of looking glass.

    We would love for you to come and link up at Your Designs This Time, Mondays 8:00am EST.
    http://www.elizabethjoandesigns.com

    Reply
    • Jenise
      March 24, 2014 at 3:46 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much for the invite! We’re all linked up. :-)

      Reply
      • Emily
        March 25, 2014 at 9:02 pm (4 years ago)

        Thanks for coming by and linking up with us at Your Designs This Time.
        We can’t wait to see what you sharing with us next Monday!

        Reply
    • Jenise
      April 28, 2014 at 10:41 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Sara! Actually, I think the contact paper looks awesome! What a great idea.

      Reply
  2. Heather {Woods of Bell Trees}
    April 28, 2014 at 4:26 am (4 years ago)

    Fun! You did a great job! I like the new look. I have similar furniture that is need of some TLC!

    Reply
    • Jenise
      April 28, 2014 at 10:42 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Heather. Definitely give it a try if you get a chance! :-)

      Reply
  3. Marie @ The Interior Frugalista
    April 28, 2014 at 1:01 pm (4 years ago)

    Jenise, I’ve got to say I was surprised when I saw you used Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint but I’m really liking the results! Lov’n the assortment of glass knobs too. Nice job and so glad your night stand caught my eye at the Link It Or Lump It Party.

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    • Jenise
      April 28, 2014 at 6:04 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Marie! I just discovered your site and I’m already a big fan. Immediately followed you on Pinterest! The Looking Glass paint was a total experiment. Had no idea how it would turn out. But I’m very happy with it. :-)

      Reply
  4. Suzan
    May 1, 2014 at 1:14 am (4 years ago)

    This turned out just fabulous – thanks so much for sharing !!!
    ( oh and Polyurethane water base doesn’t leave much of an odor at all )
    Hopped over from Glitter GLue and Paint – and I’m pinning !
    xox

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    • Jenise
      May 1, 2014 at 10:54 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much for stopping by Suzan. I just checked out your page. Lots of AMAZING before & afters! Are there tutorials for them? Would love to feature one, but I can’t seem to find the tutorials.

      Reply
  5. Suzy
    May 2, 2014 at 5:41 am (4 years ago)

    What gorgeous makeovers! I think we all have a piece that would be zhooshed up by that paint! I wonder if we can get it here in Australia. I adore that over the top Glam Boudoir look. Great job Jenise…Mimi xxx

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    • Jenise
      May 2, 2014 at 11:34 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you very much Mimi! Try Amazon.com. They have everything.

      Reply
    • Jenise
      May 2, 2014 at 11:32 am (4 years ago)

      It sticks well to anything, right? :-)

      Reply
  6. Nanette @ Beautiful by Design
    May 3, 2014 at 10:27 pm (4 years ago)

    This is absolutely the perfect tutorial I needed to see, as I am getting ready to re-invent two side tables for my Master bedroom. I already have a mirrored Armoire in the room, so a finish like this will match splendidly. Thanks Jenise!

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    • Jenise
      May 4, 2014 at 12:51 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much Nanette. I’m so glad you like it! If you have any questions along the way while you’re refinishing those side tables, I’d be more than happy to try and help!

      Reply
  7. [email protected]
    May 4, 2014 at 10:52 pm (4 years ago)

    Loving this!! You did a fantastic job and I love that gun metal look! Thanks so much for linking up with us.

    Reply
    • Jenise
      May 4, 2014 at 11:11 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Kristi! And thank you so much for hosting!!

      Reply
  8. Trish
    May 5, 2014 at 12:22 pm (4 years ago)

    I Love it!! Sometimes through experimenting you come out with something wonderful…And this is one of those instances.

    Reply
    • Jenise
      May 5, 2014 at 12:39 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much Trish!

      Reply
  9. Kelley
    May 5, 2014 at 9:59 pm (4 years ago)

    I really, really love the mix of knobs you used. It just adds to the lovely metalic finish. Both pieces look wonderful.

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    • Jenise
      May 5, 2014 at 10:16 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much Kelley. :-)

      Reply
  10. Jann Olson
    May 6, 2014 at 9:22 pm (4 years ago)

    What a great makeover. I especially love all of the knobs. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    Reply
    • Jenise
      May 6, 2014 at 11:49 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much!

      Reply
  11. Denyse @ Glitter, Glue & Paint
    May 7, 2014 at 3:16 pm (4 years ago)

    Jenise, I just love this. You did a fantastic makeover on the furniture. Thanks for sharing at Project Pin-It Thursday. I will be featuring you this week.

    xoxo
    Denyse

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    • Jenise
      May 7, 2014 at 8:43 pm (4 years ago)

      Woweee!!! Thanks Denyse! This will be my first feature. I’m totally thrilled. I’ll be sure to tell all my readers to head on over!
      Thanks so much!
      Jenise

      Reply
    • Jenise
      May 9, 2014 at 9:37 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you Todd. I’m very happy with it!

      Reply
  12. Natasha Mairs (Serenity You)
    May 9, 2014 at 9:06 am (4 years ago)

    I really like this!! amazing!!! My kitchen cupboards need re doing and this would look great on them. Featuring this on tomorrows Serenity Saturday link party

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    • Jenise
      May 9, 2014 at 1:07 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much Natasha!! So excited!! I will definitely be telling my readers to stop on by!!! Jenise

      Reply
  13. Shanice
    May 10, 2014 at 2:35 pm (4 years ago)

    Looks great! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

    Reply
    • Jenise
      May 10, 2014 at 9:44 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you for the invite! I’ll definitely swing by! :-)

      Reply
  14. [email protected] in Pyjamas
    May 13, 2014 at 4:49 am (4 years ago)

    What a great idea, it looks good! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

    Reply
  15. Ana Sheek
    May 15, 2014 at 12:55 pm (4 years ago)

    OMG! Wow, these are beautiful. I just ran across your site searching for shabby chic furniture and saw this article. You do great work

    Reply
    • Jenise
      May 15, 2014 at 1:38 pm (4 years ago)

      Awe! Thank you so much Ana! Hearing that means a lot. I hope you give the technique a try!! Thanks, Jenise

      Reply
  16. Tonnie
    July 7, 2014 at 12:37 pm (3 years ago)

    GREAT JOB with this! A lighter look would work better with my room décor. Do you think I could achieve this by using a lighter primer/chalk paint… perhaps in a gray tone?

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    • Jenise
      July 8, 2014 at 12:43 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Tonnie, I’m not 100% sure, but I think if you go light with the spray paint and let the primer show through then you would definitely have lighter areas, whereas I let the black primer show through which gave me the darker areas. I would definitely recommend testing that out on a practice item. And please let me know how it turns out!!!

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  17. Catherine Crandall
    October 10, 2014 at 9:50 am (3 years ago)

    What an inspiring piece of art! I am totally impressed with that furniture revamped. You did an excellent right there, really inspiring. The chalk paint spray is not a bad idea at all, I think it works very well and will definitely save you time. I will surely share this one.

    Reply
    • Jenise
      October 10, 2014 at 11:41 am (3 years ago)

      Oh my goodness, Catherine, you are much too kind! I’m so glad you like it. It was a total experiment so I had no idea how it would turn out. I guess I just lucked out on the result. :-)

      Reply
  18. Nicole
    November 27, 2014 at 5:08 pm (3 years ago)

    Dear Janise, thank you for inspiring me. I am about to try the same at home. It is a great shabby chic alternative for men ( who do not really like the classic light version). I have a question: how long did you wait between the few thin spray coats of the chalk and mirror spray?

    Thank you!
    Nicole ( from Germany)

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    • Jenise
      November 27, 2014 at 11:47 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Nicole! You just put a great big smile on my face! I’m so glad I’ve inspired you! Anyway, for all the coats of paint, even chalkboard to mirror pain, I waited somewhere between 1-2 hours. And I definitely had all the coats done within one day. Remember, though, that there is a difference between paint dry time and paint cure time. Paint cure time is the amount of time it takes for the paint to reach it’s maximum hardness and that can take a few weeks. So even after you’ve completed your fabulous shabby chic project, try not to handle it too much or put items on top of it for some time. That way you’ll avoid messing up the finish of your gorgeous new dresser. And please let me know if you have any more questions. Glad to help anytime! And happy holidays in Germany!

      Reply
  19. Christy
    December 31, 2014 at 1:59 pm (3 years ago)

    Instead of using the chalk spray paint could I just paint with a paint with primer? Or use chalk paint that I make myself for distressed projects? I’m not a spray painter AT ALL!! I’d rather paint by hand.

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    • Jenise
      December 31, 2014 at 2:34 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes, Christy. You can absolutely use either. For me the chalkboard spray paint was just an experiment. But the Looking Glass Paint only comes in spray so there’s no other choice for that one. Just remember light coats and keep the spray can moving. And let me know how it turns out!

      Reply
  20. Ja Kess
    January 9, 2015 at 7:47 am (3 years ago)

    I might be mistaken, but I think “Looking Glass” paint is meant to be sprayed on the underside/inside of a glass object and seen to from the opposite side, but I’m glad you’re pleased with the results.

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    • Jenise
      January 9, 2015 at 10:42 am (3 years ago)

      Yes, you are absolutely correct. That’s how looking glass paint is meant to be used. I just gave it a try to see what it would look like on wood. :-)

      Reply
  21. Janelle
    January 16, 2015 at 10:08 am (3 years ago)

    Was black your base color and then you used the glass paint gave it the grey tones. I have an identical dresser and i would love to make it look like yours.

    Have you used other base colors with the glass paint on top. My son’s room is blue and I was going to use a blue base.

    Reply
    • Jenise
      January 16, 2015 at 8:11 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Janelle, Yes, black was the base color and then applied the glass paint over it. I have not used any other base colors, but I think a blue base would look really cool!

      Reply
  22. laritaraine
    February 15, 2015 at 3:32 pm (3 years ago)

    I really loved the pieces. I liked yours better than the mirrored look you were going for. I believe Martha Stewart has a video on how to make mirrors from scratch. Maybe that can be done on your future projects. I did my kitchen cabinets in Fleck it once and changed the knobs. I took the doors off the cabinets, sprayed the frames and it the he urged out great. Hooray for spray paint.

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    • Jenise
      February 18, 2015 at 12:55 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much Larita! I’ll have to look for the Martha Stewart video. Yes, I definitely love spray paint. So glad you’re cabinets came out awesome!

      Reply
  23. Jennifer
    April 27, 2015 at 11:28 am (3 years ago)

    Beautiful dressers!! I’m getting ready to work on something similar. I am removing hardware with two point and putting in a single hole pull knob…Do you see the old hardware holes after the whole process is finished?

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    • Jenise
      April 28, 2015 at 5:09 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much Jennifer! That’s so nice of you to say. I do not see the hardware holes on my dresser, but I did fill it, then sand it, then fill and sand one more time just to make sure it was perfectly smooth. If you do see the holes, just fill and sand again. Hope that helps!

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  24. Kate
    June 17, 2015 at 9:31 am (2 years ago)

    I’m actually in the process of doing this to a maple dresser and night stand and it’s turning out perfectly! A lot of work but it looks great and goes perfectly with my ‘shabby chic’ guest room :)

    Reply
    • Jenise
      June 24, 2015 at 8:54 pm (2 years ago)

      Yay! That’s awesome Kate. Please let me know how your dresser turns out!

      Reply
  25. Tammie
    June 19, 2015 at 3:24 pm (2 years ago)

    Very nice looking project!

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    • Jenise
      June 24, 2015 at 2:37 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Tammie!

      Reply
  26. David E. Rodriguez
    June 23, 2015 at 4:31 am (2 years ago)

    I think you need to draw Liquitex Antique Gold for knob, it makes your night stand and dresser makeover more luxurious. Believe me I just painted like this before

    Reply
    • Jenise
      June 24, 2015 at 2:32 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll have to look into that!

      Reply
  27. SimplyT
    August 28, 2015 at 4:54 pm (2 years ago)

    Hello LOVE LOVE LOVE this design it is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!
    My question is does the Krylon Chalkboard and Looking Glass Mirror-Like products come in a paint can form? I have insets on cabinet doors to do and paint would be more manageable.
    Thanks

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    • Jenise
      September 16, 2015 at 2:56 am (2 years ago)

      Hi SimplyT. Looking Glass paint only comes in a spray can, but chalkboard paint does come in cans. Hope that helps!

      Reply
  28. Patti Casella-Quinn
    October 20, 2015 at 8:12 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi have a question, on the nightstand, is that looking glass spray paint in silver or gold? because it looks kinda bronze in color?

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    • Jenise
      October 20, 2015 at 8:14 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Patti, The paint only comes in silver. The nightstand is actually the same as the dresser, only I took the nightstand picture at night so it’s got the glare of the incandescent lighting.

      Reply
  29. Bonnie Malsich
    December 31, 2015 at 1:18 pm (2 years ago)

    LOVE this look! Want to use this as a finish on a wood book shelf. Are the products available
    as brush on, in cans, instead of spray can??

    Reply
    • Bonnie Malsich
      December 31, 2015 at 1:36 pm (2 years ago)

      I just read all the comments and found my answers!. THANK YOU!

      Reply
      • Jenise
        January 17, 2016 at 11:26 pm (2 years ago)

        So glad you’re loving the Looking Glass paint on wood look and that you found your answers, Bonnie. Have you finished your book shelf yet? I’d love to see pictures!!!! Feel free to forward to me ([email protected])!

        Reply
  30. Karen
    May 9, 2017 at 11:22 pm (7 months ago)

    Thank ypu for the great instructions. I am in the middle of this project and it is turning out beautifully. How can I show you a photo?
    Karen

    Reply
    • Jenise
      June 17, 2017 at 6:51 pm (5 months ago)

      Apologies for the delayed response. You can email me at [email protected]. I’d love to share your creation on my facebook page!

      Reply

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