I did this shabby chic turquoise dresser up over a year ago… I think. Honestly, I can’t remember events between 1 year and 3 years ago in their actual happenings. Can you tell I’ve had my babies close together?!
It should probably go without saying, but this dresser was a cheap garage sale find I snagged. It was so fun to transform it! Mostly because using chalk paint was easy peasy awesome. No sanding was needed prior and it only took one coat! The colour is acutally a lot darker in person. I love having it as our TV stand. I also love randomly scuffing it up with sand paper here and there once it was all dried. I take great satisfaction in roughing things up shabby chic style. The wood/brass looking hardwear was spray painted black and put back on.
It’s one of my favorite pieces of furniture. Now to just convince The Cowboy that we should have even MORE turquoise in our house…
Guest Post from the Stewart’s: Brandon and Stephanie
We initially got our inspiration for the barn doors through looking for ideas on pinterest! We have always loved the idea of having barn doors and finally got around to making it happen in our house. Before the barn doors we just had these ugly slatted pull string blinds.
Brandon was going to build the doors himself but we ended up finding them on sale at Co-op along with the mounting hardware. From there we finished it how we liked it.
Our DIY method was very simple:
We used a very dark stain and lathered it on generously.
After it completely dried (which took a while because how much stain we used) we used white chalk paint and put it on fairly sparsely. This way then it didn’t require as much sanding to get the weathered look that we were aiming for.
Then we sanded the edges and areas that needed more a more “weathered” look.
And finally, we finished the doors off with a clear wax to seal the paint.
We love these doors as it gives us more privacy and spruces up our kitchen!
We have also complimented these barn doors with a few shutters that Brandon has made around our house.
We were looking at getting new blinds for our house as some of the cords had broken and were therefore permanently shut all the time. We got a quote for new blinds and due to some of our larger and odd-shaped windows we decided to look into cheaper DIY options. Brandon built these rustic barn door shutters in our front entryway and master bedroom to compliment the barn doors in our kitchen.
Brandon did all the measuring and constructing of these shutters and they add SO much to our home decor along with saving us some money too! The finishing of the wood was the same process as the barn doors… a generous dark stain along with sparse layer of white chalk paint, sand and finish off with a clear wax to seal your project.