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diy shabby chic furniture makeover with 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

 

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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:

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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
diy shabby chic furniture refurb krylon looking glass paint
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

 

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Shabby Chic Dresser Makeover

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

  1. 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.

    • 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. :-)

  2. 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

    • 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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!

    • 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!

    • 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

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

  5. 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.

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

  6. 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?

    • 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!!!

  7. 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.

    • 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. :-)

  8. 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)

    • 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!

  9. 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.

    • 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!

  10. 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.

    • 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. :-)

  11. 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.

    • 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!

  12. 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.

    • 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!

  13. 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?

    • 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!

  14. 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 :)

  15. 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

    • 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.

  16. 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

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