Thursday, June 21, 2012

Rolling out the red carpet for Cassie!

Friends I am so excited to have Cassie from Primitive and Proper here today!

She is an amazing friend, blogger and talent and I am so happy to roll the red carpet out for her!

So Cassie take it away!


Hello 551 East fans!  I am Cassie from Primitive and Proper and I am SO excited to be here!  I just adore Julia- she is super sweet, adorable, and freaking talented beyond all get out, yo.  She clearly brings out the gangsta in me because she is that cool.

Julia and I both love to dabble in furniture makeovers and we both share a love of color, a little bit of funk, and a little bit of glam, mixed with a dash of bohemian.  I thought I would share a happy colored makeover with you today.

I found this dresser recently on my local craigslist.  Whenever I find this style for a decent price, I try to purchase it.  I just love it's classic look!

The only drawback to this dresser was that often times, the wood tends to bleed through primer and paint once the finish has been sanded off.  To save myself that trouble of sanding and dealing with bleeding I decided to make my own chalk paint.
I use my good friend Ann Marie's recipe: 1/2 c. plaster of paris mixed into 1/2 c. warm water.  Once that is mixed add it to 1 c. flat or eggshell paint and mix well.  Then you are good to go- no sanding or priming needed!

I gave this dresser two coats and then distressed it by hand with 150 grit sandpaper.  Then I used a wax brush to apply a natural wax finish.  Once the wax dried, I buffed it for a smooth like buttah feel!  Here is the after:

DIY chalk paint is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to go!  I strongly recommend trying it!
Julia, thank you SO much for having me here today!

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  1. It looks great! I love the bold color!


  2. Very pretty lines on that dresser, pretty color, and the handles are classic!

  3. LOVE it! The style and color are perfect!!! Cassie is sooo talented and sweet :)

  4. Aqua is such a pretty color and Cassie did a lovely job on this. She is so creative and talented as well as so sweet and down to earth. Great guest Julia!

  5. Cassie - this is GORG! Thanks for the Chalk Paint recipe - will be headed to the store for some plaster of paris after naptime. :)

  6. Cassie is just so talented in her furniture makeovers ... and just so fun and loyal as a blog friend. So happy to find you through Cassie's amazing blog ...



  7. Gorgeous again! Love DIY chalk paint!

  8. That color is calling my name... I love it!

  9. What a gorgeous color! Love it Cassie….and so glad to meet your blog, Julia!

  10. Another pretty dresser in a great color! And you know I like making my own chalk paint too!

  11. Lovin the color, another cassiedeliciousness creation.

  12. This looks A-May-Zing!! I love that color- holy cow! You can pick colors, girl!
    And as a PS- I didn't know you could DIY chalk paint with eggshell paint, too! Thanks for the tip!
    xo Becca

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