Let’s make sure this Shabby Chippy Pink Dresser never changes

Dresser DIY Project

Let’s make sure this Shabby Chippy Pink Dresser never changes

If you know anything about me then you know I can never pass up anything pink. You include shabby, chippy, and useful and all I can say is “put a bow on it, I’ll take it”. My friend had found this vintage (old) dresser and planned to redo it, luckily for me she didn’t have time. $5 dollars and it was mine.

Here is what I used:

  • School glue (Elmer’s)
  • Paint brush
  • Paint (if you need to paint inside or touch up)
  • Polyurethan
  • Handles
  • A old shabby falling apart dresser (or whatever you want to keep shabby)

Now while she had planned to sand this down and repaint it, I thought it was perfect just the way it was. Well of course after I could get rid of the ding and cobwebs. I also wanted to make sure my “chippy” didn’t end up all over my floor. I will show you how I keep the paint from chipping off anymore, but keeping that vintage look.

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There was so much dirt and grim on the dresser that I was afraid all my pink would be washed off if I tried to clean it. I filled a bucket with warm soapy water and washed as gently as possible on the painted surfaces. The unpainted areas though I got the hose and a stiff brush and scrubbed that dirt out. The inside of the drawers were the worst and I scrubbed and scrubbed those clean.

Now understand that I would only use a hose in the heat of summer. This way I know the sun will truly dry my wood out. I try to save these types of projects for the summer, or I use the fireplace to dry everything. You can see in the first picture below how clean I got the inside using the hose and brush. If your furniture has any type of smell or stains, this would be a good time to paint the inside with Kilz. I have had to do this to get rid of smoke smells. I used some extra gray paint I had just to clean up the inside of the drawers. I mean I am going to put things in them and ewwww they were gross.

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I mixed regular school glue with a little bit of water. You want it to still be thick, like good ranch dressing, but diluted enough to go in between all the cracks and crevices. You can see here how I make sure the glue gets behind all the chippy paint areas. What this does is secures the peeling paint so that it doesn’t continue to chip off.

I did this on the entire dresser to make sure I didn’t loose anymore of that precious pink paint. Once the glue was dry, I used water based polyurethan to seal everything and make it water resistant. So, this is the “almost” finished project. I wanted to live with this for a minute so I could decide what kind of handles I thought I needed. 

Can I be honest? I have lived with this for almost 6 months and am tired of wiggling the drawers to get them open. Come on you know you have done it too.

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Dresser DIY Project

As we begin to think of what 2021 will look like.

If you would have asked me a year ago what my 2020 was going to look like, you would have heard my excitement about the year I was getting ready to embark on.
For me 2020 was “the big year”, the year of travel, the year of discovery, the year that I would finally become an adult. 2020 is the year that I turned 50.
The year began just as I had hoped it would. Ed and I found a house that we loved in January and moved in on February 7th and began our new life together. Little did I know that in less than a month our new house would become my prison, my sanctuary, my sanity, and my own paradise, courtesy of amazon prime delivery and Walmart pickup.
I am not saying it was all bad, but I am not saying it was a pleasurable journey either. What I am saying is that my year was completely turned upside down just as the entire worlds was.

Just like y’all, I had time on my hands and needed something to fill my mind besides the news. This is when I found this online crafting world. It was a world that I never imagined, it was a world where I belonged. I have been a crafter, designer, and a creator my entire life. I always knew it was my calling. Of course life gets in the way of our dreams sometimes, but our dreams never leave our hearts. 

I sat and watched for several months from March until June. Everyday I realized more and more that I needed to join this world, I need to follow my dreams. I turned 50 in June and spent a week camping by myself deciding what I wanted to be when I grew up. 

It was exactly a month later on July 29th that I went live. I told myself it was now or never. I was my time to follow that dream and find that passion again. I jumped in with both feet and my whole self. I have not looked back and being here with you all is the absolutely only place I want to be. I have found my happy place. 

Decorating for 2021

Never has our home and the things we surround ourselves been so important. I am here to help you navigate and decorate your way into 2021. Let’s create a space that we love to spend time in and that brings us peace. Spending so much time in my home has made me realize that it really does need to be our castle. Lets make it cozy and comfortable, a place we are ok spending a lot of time in.