The paint used for this project was generously provided by DecoArt but the genuine (and sometimes witty) opinions expressed are completely my own.

Last month I shared with you about a group that I am apart of called The Fab Furniture Flippin’ contest.   Each month as we try out new products we also get to participate in a challenge!
How cool is that?! FFFC main graphic updated (10.2015)In January, I recreated an antique bookcase (you can see it here) and this month I gave a vintage dresser a complete makeover.  a vintage dresser before being recreatedFor this month’s “Make A Statement” project, I used DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint.  I have never had the opportunity to use products (except in little craft sizes) so was excited to try a new-to-me paint.  Their Chalky Finish Paint is an ultra-matte paint that comes in a ton of gorgeous colours.  For the project I had in mind, I chose Romance; a deep raspberry red with a pink undertone and Innocence; the softest of petal pinks.   Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint and finishTo get started, I removed the old hardware and filled in the existing holes.  I then lightly sanded down the peeling finish and that was it.  The DecoArt Chalky Finish paint is designed to stick to and cover many surfaces so I didn’t really need to do much prep.   filling in hardware holes in a vintage dresserI used three coats of the Romance to cover the entire dresser.  Even though this is a very thick paint, I wanted three coats to get a nice even finish over all of the scratches.  Decoart Chalky Finish Paint in Romance with a round paint brusha vintage dresser painted in Decoart Chalk Finish Paint in RomanceI had forgotten to remove the embellishment off of the front of the dresser before I began painting… oops… so I just did it after and just touched up that spot.  removing the embellishment from a vintage dresserTo embrace the “Make a Statement” theme this month, I wanted to do something bold and bright.  I decided to paint a huge flower on the front of the dresser so once the Romance had dried, I chalked out the giant flower.  a chalk outline of a large flower on a painted dresserBy chalking out the flower first, it allowed me to play with the position and shape of the flower before painting it.  I was able to use a damp cloth to just rub it off and change it where needed and it didn’t bother the paint underneath at all!
the outline of a large flower on a painted vintage dresserOnce I had the shape and position of the flower I wanted, I outlined it with a dark grey coloured paint.  painting a large flower on a vintage dresserI used the Chalky Finish Paint in Innocence to fill in the flower once the outline had completely dried.  the inside of a vintage dresser drawerWhen I received the dresser, the inside of the drawers had some horribly awful plastic liner in them from 1970 that HAD to go.    Decoart Chalky Finish Paint in InnocenceAfter getting it out, I painted the drawers with the contrasting Innocence colour to add some more depth and statement. attaching hardware to painted drawersTo finish the piece off, I gave the entire dresser two coats of the Light Satin Varnish, drilled holes for the hardware and put the new knobs in place.  the inside of a painted drawerI absolutely love the contrast of the Romance and the Innocence.  What a lovely pair they make!
dresser with painted drawers in Decoart InnocenceAnd… the large, whimsical flower on the front was the perfect adornment for the bold new piece.
a pink and grey painted flowerThis vintage dresser was in such bad shape and thanks to some DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint is does not even look like the same piece. painted dresser and fabric buntingMaking a statement now isn’t a problem for this piece and all that it took was a little paint. fab flipping furniture contest Feb 2016 Decoart sponsoredTo see some other incredible “Make a Statement” projects by the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest hosts, please visit Charlotte at Ciburbanity and Carrie at Thirty Eighth Street.

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I have 22 lovely thoughts, I would love to hear yours.

  1. Your “new” dresser is fabulous. I love it!

  2. Hey Lisa! What a fabulous piece. I love the combo of the two colours and that you painted the inside of the drawer the lighter pink. Sooo pretty and fun. I’ve pinned and shared on Facebook. Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Charm. 🙂 Tuula

    • That is so sweet Tuula, thank you so much! Hope you are having a great week! Hugs, Lisa

  3. Love the color, such a vibrant piece. Thanks Maria

  4. This looks so fun. I’d love to make something like that for my grandson’s room! Thanks for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop.


    • It was a fun one 🙂 I love the big flower too and the pinks are just so pretty… especially during a long winter in Canada!

  5. Great color choice Lisa, love be the hand painted flower detail it adds such a unique touch!

  6. What a great new look you gave that dresser. Love the color, design and drawer pulls. Thanks for linking up at Friday’s Furniture Fix!

  7. Such a fun transformation. Makes we want to redo my daughter’s dresser! Visiting from Friday’s Furniture Fix.

  8. Hi Lisa, I just love the makeover you gave this dresser. My favorite color is red so your pretty dresser popped right out at me while visiting the Morning Cuppa A Joe party. Pinning to share ☺

    • Oh thank you so much for dropping by Marie and the kind words 🙂 I am so in love with the colour of this dresser too! It is just so nice to have a bright pop of colour. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Lisa

  9. What a great vision and awesome execution you had on this piece! It’s so fun and unique! It really is a statement piece! I hope you have a great day!

    • Thanks Terry! It was fun to do something completely different this time and use such beautiful, bright colours in the middle of winter 🙂

  10. I love the raspberry color and the flower is a cutie!

  11. Wow Lisa, that dresser turned out so nice!! You are very talented to hand draw the flower, and the red color you chose really makes a statement!! Congrats and good luck!!

    • Thanks so much Pili! I love the colour too especially when we are waiting for spring to arrive 🙂

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