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In my quest to make one of the spare bedrooms in our 100 year old house more suiting to our granddaughters, I’ve added this chalk painted dresser. Here are a few details about this vintage piece…

First of all, I am not the one that did the chalk painting on this dresser. I am actually probably one of the last remaining, crazy devoted DIY-ers that has never used chalk paint!! Yup! Never used it. I love the way the finished pieces look, but inevitably when I go to paint something, I have some leftover latex paint sitting around, and I’m so familiar with using latex paint, I don’t have to think about it… so I just never bother with the chalk stuff… (I haven’t been convinced that it’s worth all the work it takes to do it… Please feel free to convince me otherwise though, I’m still open!) chalk painted dresser

This cute dresser was a great find at a shop just a few blocks from our house, where they sell vintage, repurposed and just really fun stuff. In our small rural town, it is pretty tough keeping a storefront open. I really believe in supporting our local businesses as much as we can. We love them being there, and the only way they are going to be able to stay in business is if they get revenue, you know income… so here’s a fun challenge for you all… get out there and do your part in supporting your local small businesses. dresser with chalk paint

I was thrilled to find this dresser there, it is in wonderful working condition. The drawers all work very smoothly and are clean, and they smell wonderful. The shop sells fantastic homemade soaps and I think some were stored in it.

I loved the gray color they put on it, and the light distressing they applied, and thought the stained wooden knobs were a cute touch. And one more thing, this dresser has this gorgeous tilting mirror attached to it.

The harp detail of the mirror is so pretty, but the function of it is really pretty smart… dresser with mirror

You know the great thing about a tilting mirror like this? It can be used by all different heights of people. Like for our little granddaughters, we have it tilted slightly downward, and then as they grow it can tilt to their height. Seems simple, but without the tilt, a flat mirror has to be hung so low for small people to be able to see themselves, either that or step stools used, which isn’t always a good idea. tilt on mirror

A tilting mirror is just a smart solution. (we have people in our family that use the mirror ranging from around 3′ tall to over 6’5″ tall… so, see what I mean about how the tilt is a handy feature?) aqua and pink lamp

The fun aqua lamp with the bright pink lampshade sitting on the dresser embraces the fact that this room is primarily for girls. The dresser scarf is from when I was little… I have several dresser scarves and doilies that I remember setting out after I dusted the furniture for my Saturday chore when I was a little girl. Using them now evokes such sweet memories Eventually, I’ll get the sewing done and you’ll see how it coordinates beautifully with the fun vintage looking fabric.

This room is really coming together…

I showed you how I did a faux verdigris finish on the antique tin tile, and how we made a DIY picket fence wall hooks project… next up, will be the window treatments I’m trying to find time to sew…
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