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Budget-Friendly Terrazzo Home Accents

Budget-Friendly Terrazzo Home Accents

I should probably start by admitting that, until recently, I had no idea what real terrazzo actually was—or, at least, I had no idea how it was made. I think I saw someone on Instagram share a step-by-step video of the production process during a home renovation, and it really opened my eyes to just how intricate this look is to get.

In case you haven’t seen the process in action, terrazzo is basically made by integrating bits of crushed granite, marble, quartz, glass (or anything similar to those) together with a concrete or epoxy-resin binder. After that, the surface is ground down and polished to a perfect sheen. I looked everywhere for a cool video showing the process, but they’re apparently hard to come by.

Anyway, now that I know what goes into making terrazzo from the ground up (har, har), I appreciate it so much more in home décor. Luckily, the decorative home accents I rounded up below are a lot easier to integrate into your home if you don’t happen to have a big enough budget for all new handmade terrazzo floors or tiles.

Budget-Friendly Terrazzo Home Accents

1. Terrazzo Round Trivet

2. Terrazzo Bathroom Tray

3. Marble + Terazzo Salt Cellars

4. Jonathan Adler Terrazzo Droplet Vase

5. Terrazzo Print Napkins

6. Terrazzo Texture Floor Pillow

7. Terrazzo 16 Piece Dinnerware Set

8. Terrazzo Place Card Holders

9. Terrazzo Oversized Lumbar Throw Pillow

10. Melamine Terrazzo Tray

11. Mareike Boehmer Terrazzo Framed Graphic Art

12. Terrazzo Texture Throw Pillow

Do you have a favorite from the list? Of course, I’m pretty partial to the pieces that are true versions of terrazzo, just on a smaller scale—things like the salt cellars, bathroom tray, and card holders. But I still love that those softer, decorative accessories (think: the pillows, napkinsthis art print) get the point across by showing off the cool random pattern that’s so recognizable in the real deal solid material. Leave your vote for top pick in the comments below!

Budget-Friendly Terrazzo Home Accents

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DIY Wooden Dashed Desktop Paper Tray

DIY Wooden Dashed Desktop Paper Tray

I’m continuing my Spring Cleaning organization kick with a brand new DIY project that (I’m serious) anyone can do. Basically, if you get mail, work on paperwork at the office, or really just want your desk or entry table to look a little more put together, than this one’s for you.

The tutorial for my DIY Wooden Dashed Desktop Paper Tray just went live on Hunker here, and it honestly might be my favorite craft of 2019. Now that I have the tray set up in my office, I don’t have loose applications and contracts floating around on my desk—it’s a game-changer. I’m actually a little embarrassed to think back on my paper situation beforehand, and even more hesitant to share that apparently all I needed to fix it was a simple little DIY paper tray. Sure wish I had made the thing ages ago!

DIY Wooden Dashed Desktop Paper Tray

DIY Wooden Dashed Desktop Paper Tray

DIY Wooden Dashed Desktop Paper Tray

As with most of the small projects I tackle, I was able to whip it together all on my own, so I know you can do it. If you’re able to get a little help from the folks at the hardware store to cut your wood to size (exact specs are in the tutorial here), than this DIY paper tray can come together in one afternoon for you, too.

See the full tutorial over on the Hunker website right here, right down to a free printable template so you can recreate the dashes exactly as you see them pictured above and below. Where would you put your DIY paper tray?

DIY Wooden Dashed Desktop Paper Tray

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Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.6

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.6

I just love pottery launch days…It’s so thrilling to debut a brand new collection of handmade work, and to hear all of your helpful feedback, too. I live for those messages from you guys detailing what you love about the pieces, and what you’d like to see more of as well. The DGD Pottery shop exists purely because of your support and excitement over my pottery, so I always want to make sure that I’m focusing on shapes and designs that can live practically and functionally in your homes.

Suffice it to say, my heart leaps out of my chest every single time an order comes through, no matter how big or small it might be, because there’s nothing quite like the vision I have of my art living inside your homes. The thought keeps me going through all of those slightly-less-than-successful days at the studio (of which there are still many!).

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.6

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.6

At any rate, a new 7-piece collection of (happily, very successful!) items just went live over on Etsy, and is ready to be adopted into your own hoard of ceramic treatures. There’s a mug, a carved tumbler, one of my favorite handmade bowls to date, plus a few smaller pieces, like a vase, sauce dish, and another hand-built business card holder, too.

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.6

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.6

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.6

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.6

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.6

Collection No. 6 includes a couple of new pieces that were made with speckled clay, something I’m continuing to focus more and more on as I make new work. One of my personal favorites is that raised platter pictured above, which was glazed in a semi-transparent white finish. Those specks and flecks of brown and gray in the clay really give this piece unique texture and character. It’s going to be a hard one to let go of.

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.6

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.6

Hop over to the DGD Pottery shop here to see all seven items in closer detail and from all sorts of different angles (top, bottom, and all around!). As always, please feel free to share your thoughts, suggestions, and votes for any new shapes you’d like to see this spring in the comments below. Your perspective and opinions are very valuable to me, and I’m consistently blown away by your clever ideas. Multiple heads are better than one, after all.

But before I go, do you want a little hint at what’s to come this summer? Ceramic magnets! Stay tuned, guys. It’s gonna be a whole lotta fun.

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Make Organizing ‘Real Simple’ With This Book

Make Organizing 'Real Simple' With This Book

Now that it’s spring, I almost feel like we’re letting our house down if we don’t start in on a major cleaning project. The word “cleaning” is practically synonymous with “spring” and I’m honestly a pretty big fan of the concept. I’ve always loved to clean and feel like a million (and one!) bucks when it’s done, but lately I’ve felt like my methods have gotten a little stale.

My basic spring cleaning checklist looks a little like this: scrub down the kitchen counters and backsplash, deep clean the bathrooms top to bottom, dust all the wood surfaces and shelves, wash the windows, wipe down mirrors until they shine, and I also love giving the carpets and rugs a little refresh by sprinkling them with baking soda and then vacuuming everything up.

It’s a process that works, but I can’t help but wonder if I’m missing something by just doing the “same old, same old” each time spring rolls around.

Make Organizing 'Real Simple' With This Book

Make Organizing 'Real Simple' With This Book

I don’t review books all that often here on the blog, although I actually receive quite a few of them in press packages (one of the perks of being a blogger, I guess!). Every now and then, though, a really good one shows up at our door, and the book I’m going to chat about today is one of those really good ones.

It’s called The Real Simple Method To Organizing Every Room—and, yes, it’s by that ‘Real Simple.’ The magazine has always been a favorite of mine, and their new organizing book is just as good as you’d imagine if you agree with that statement.

I took it with me to flip through during a road trip out of town last month (when I was in the passenger seat, of course), and was immediately entranced. The pictures are really gorgeous (read: motivating), but the checklists and guides are what really made me feel like it was worth telling you guys about.

Make Organizing 'Real Simple' With This Book

Make Organizing 'Real Simple' With This Book

The cool thing about the book is that it doesn’t appeal to just one type of homeowner (renter vs. owner, large vs. small space), but instead gives suggestions for any type of house and lifestyle.

There are monthly cleaning checklists for each type of room, simple hacks to simplify everyday to-do’s (like opening and closing your draperies every now and then to help keep dust at bay—just vacuum up what falls down!), decorating ideas for practically every corner of a house including closets, and interviews with professional organizers, too.

Make Organizing 'Real Simple' With This Book

This post isn’t sponsored, by the way. I was just that impressed with the book after digging into it, and thought this ‘spring cleaning’ season was the perfect time to mention it in case you’ve been looking to revamp your own organizing strategy. Grab a copy of the book here, and feel free to let me know in the comments below if you have clever spring cleaning tricks that you’d be willing to share!

Make Organizing 'Real Simple' With This Book

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DIY Tasseled Wooden Beads Wall Hanging

DIY Tasseled Wooden Beads Wall Hanging

Back in the day, my natural instinct was to fill every square inch of our home with art, but now I’ve come to really appreciate the value of bare walls. Not all the walls, of course, but I no longer see a blank spot (say, between our side door and coat closet) and have the immediate gut reaction to hang a piece of art just to say that I did.

That mental shift has taken a lot of the pressure off when it comes to decorating, and now I even err on the side of nothing is actually better than something. Every now and then, though, a space comes off feeling a little too boring or bland, and for those instances I love filling them with a little bit of texture rather than a big, bold piece of art. Which brings me to my latest minimalist DIY art project: DIY Tasseled Wooden Beads.

DIY Tasseled Wooden Beads Wall Hanging

This simple, multi-piece wall hanging project doesn’t call tons of attention to itself, but is the perfect solution (in my clearly biased opinion!) for that awkward blank wall in your house. Hop over to Hunker here for the full tutorial, which explains how you can get the look in seven steps. The cool thing about this one is that you can customize the size of the wooden beads to be on the smaller side if you’re interested in using them as tabletop décor instead (sort of like this).

Have you tried any other types of textural, minimal DIY art projects lately? A few that have caught my eye recently…this DIY dowel magazine shelf (doubles as storage!), a set of clay plant pockets, and I’m absolutely smitten with the way Brittany’s fringed half-circle mirror turned out. Leave your own idea links in the comments below.

DIY Tasseled Wooden Beads Wall Hanging

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Before & After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Last year was a bit of a doozy in terms of projects for the house. We had our chimney overhauled, the AC wall units deep cleaned, we renovated our hall bathroom with Home Depot, got the boiler inspected and tuned up, and we also had a brand new roof put on the house. It was awesome to cross so many major projects off our list, but, as I’m sure you can imagine, our house budget took a major hit because of it.

For that reason, John and I are doing our best to turn a (responsible) blind eye to any big renovations in 2019—at least we’re hoping to. Our landscaping could stand to be addressed and there are a couple of large-scale organization projects we’d like to tackle in our basement, but those types of things are going to have to be put on the back-burner until next year so we can build our savings back up.

At any rate, instead of thinking BIG lately, I’ve had to shift my attention to the smaller, more budget-friendly things that have been on my list since we moved into the house three and a half years ago. The first thing to get tackled? The dated built-in wood dresser in our hall bathroom.

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

You saw when we unveiled our totally made-over bathroom last summer, complete with a brand spankin’ new custom shower and fresh new hardware throughout, but one part of the makeover that didn’t quite get done in time for the tour was the dresser you see pictured above.

We love having all of those drawers built right into the room, but the piece of furniture was looking dated, even after we switched out the hardware, as you saw here. I figured the best way to live with the dresser but also make it disappear visually was to paint it to match the walls surrounding it. And that’s exactly what I did.

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

(Please forgive my iPhone photos here!)

I removed the hardware, laid some painter’s tape down, then gave the dresser drawer fronts and body three coats of white primer, letting each coat dry for about an hour in between. Then, I went back over everything with another three coats of white topcoat paint to match the bathroom walls. In case you’re curious, the white paint is called Snowbound from Sherwin Williams, and is my very favorite warm white paint. We used it in both our upstairs and downstairs bathrooms.

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

After the final coat of paint was finished and had fully cured overnight, I added new gold hardware and then put everything back together again. I may be biased, but I think the difference is pretty remarkable! I love it, and definitely wish that I hadn’t put this “someday” project off for so long.

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Looking at that side-by-side “Before/After” image above, doesn’t the new white dresser make the room look so much bigger? Aside from removing the upper shelving unit from the top of the dresser, nothing else has changed but the color, and I can’t help but think that the paint completely transformed the look and feel of the space as a whole.

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

To celebrate our fresh “new” white dresser, I wrote a big story for Hunker with five ways to organize your bathroom drawers. Over there I’ll teach you how to use everything from travel packing cubes and bamboo trays to whip your vanity or dresser drawers into shape. See the post here, but before you go, make sure to share your thoughts about our dresser makeover in the comments right here!

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

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Upgrade An IKEA Bench With Paint And Rope

Upgrade An IKEA Bench With Paint And Rope

I know that some of you lucky folks out there live within easy driving distance of IKEA, but we are sadly not in that camp. Our closest store is two and half hours away, so whenever I plan a trip, I tend to prepare myself to stock way, way up. A few of my favorite things to get are their guest napkins (we keep a stack in the bathroom for visitors so they don’t have to use a shared hand towel), faux plants, storage boxes, and small pieces of furniture. Their prices are pretty legendary, and for good reason—they’re hard to beat!

As you probably already know, one other thing I love to keep an eye out for at IKEA is a potential DIY project or two. The store is packed with plain, minimalist containers, shelves, and pieces of furniture that can be hand-decorated with paint and other accents for a custom look. Case in point, the IKEA bench that I made over using paint and rope for Hunker.

Upgrade An IKEA Bench With Paint And Rope

Upgrade An IKEA Bench With Paint And Rope

Do you recognize the blue paint from a recent post here on the blog? It’s actually the same teal BEHR chalk decorative paint leftover from this project. It turned out to be the perfect pop of color our little IKEA bench needed, but ,of course, I couldn’t just stop there. I also used a drill and staple gun to add a modern rope detail to the seat to give it more custom edge.

What do you think? Would you have used a different paint color on the bench base? Maybe natural jute twine on the seat detail as opposed to white rope? My favorite thing about most of the DIY crafts I share here on the blog is that they can be tweaked to suit your personal aesthetic and taste, so tell me how you’d make this IKEA hack your own in the comments below.

Upgrade An IKEA Bench With Paint And Rope

Upgrade An IKEA Bench With Paint And RopeP.S. Curious why posts have been a little shorter as of late? Click back here for a life update!

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Hack IKEA Baskets Into Succulent Shelves

Hack IKEA Baskets Into Succulent Shelves

While I’m well aware that not everyone can get on board with the faux plant trend, I can’t help but appreciate the whole “zero maintenance” aspect of the idea. I tend to struggle with keeping live plants, well…alive…so you’ll find silk plants tucked all around our house.

It’s not just because I missed out on the green thumb gene that I’ve gone “faux” with greenery, though. Our pets can’t get enough of nibbling on live trailing leaves, and although I’ve triple checked that the rooted plants we do have are okay for their systems, I still don’t love the idea of them snacking on anything other than their vet-approved kibbles. So, it’s just another big reason for me to succumb to the draw of fake plants.

Hack IKEA Baskets Into Succulent Shelves

Hack IKEA Baskets Into Succulent Shelves

Hack IKEA Baskets Into Succulent Shelves

The good news is that today’s DIY craft doesn’t have to involve faux plants. Whether you choose live succulents or the silk IKEA option I suggest over on the full tutorial here, you can still get this look in 10 minutes or less. Hop over to Hunker for the shopping list and step-by-step instructions for hacking my favorite 3-piece basket set into wall-mounted succulent holders. Oh, and make sure you keep scrolling through the tutorial for an alternative use for the displaced basket tops, too!

Hack IKEA Baskets Into Succulent Shelves

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Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.5

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.5

Did you hear?! A brand new collection just launched in the DGD Pottery shop, and you can take your pick from any of the six new items this way. As has become tradition, I wanted to chat briefly about each piece here on the blog, too, so that you can get a sense of my thought process going into the making phase.

While, a lot of the time, I let the clay sort of take shape and evolve into what it wants (I prefer a pretty spontaneous method over a lot of pre-planning!), I do have an idea of the overall aesthetic I want. Keep scrolling to learn more about Collection No. 5, and then you’re invited to choose one of your favorites on Etsy here.

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.5

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.5

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.5

Tall neck bottles seem to have become something of a default shape for me, so I’m trying to get better about creating vases that can hold more than just one flower stem or branch. That dusty blue organic vase pictured above definitely checks those boxes with its low, wide opening. You could fit a whole bundle of springtime flowers in this vase! Can’t you picture it on an Easter buffet with fresh Alstroemeria blooms overflowing the sides?

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My sister was actually the one who first got me thinking about making ceramic business card holders. She had seen one she really liked on a different Etsy shop, and asked me if I could try my hand at doing something similar but customized for her.

I started with four different prototypes to show her, and now that she’s had a chance to tell me what she likes and doesn’t like about each of the four based on her (very picky) aesthetic, I’m ready to release them to the world for you guys to snatch up throughout the next several shop updates. This first one is my personal favorite with its rich inky ash finish and organic carved sides.

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Remember my quest to make vases with wider necks? Well, here’s another newer, wider vase to consider for spring. The funnel shape on this piece is perfect for delicate flowers that might need a little more support around their stems. Like the hand-painted design on the side of the vase hints at, it could also be great for fresh cut branches once the leaves come back out in a couple of months.

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To be completely honest, I’m really struggling with learning how best to make mugs. They’re my favorite shape to see other people making, but I’m personally still trying to figure out the best way to make and attach handles to complete mugs of my own.

This two-tone cup above was supposed to be a mug, but I ended up being too intimidated to try my hand at making a handle during the small window of time when I could have attached it (before the cup dried out too much, that is).Yes, I could have said that the no-handle design was my intent all along, but I never want to sweep things under the rug with you guys. Plus, I know you’ll understand that I’m still learning.

The cool thing is that, since admitting all of this over on social media, a lot of you have come forward to say that you actually prefer handle-less mugs, so maybe I should start intentionally make those, too! Leave your vote for “Handle” or “No Handle” in the comments.

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Not all hope is lost for me and mugs, though! That one you see above has got to be one of my most successful ones yet, and is definitely the sort of shape I’d love to keep making this season. I love the straight up-and-down sides, and the minimalist half circle handle is exactly what I was going for, too.

The layered mountains glaze design on the sides was something I tested out during the glaze class I took last year, and is another thing I’d like to perfect in 2019. I was born and raised in Virginia, so the Blue Ridge Mountains have always been a big part of my life. This mug is an homage to all the memories I’ve made hiking and camping in the mountains. See more photos of it this way if you’re interested.

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Last up is a new ceramic bowl, which is actually a bit of an unintentional hint for what’s to come. I don’t remember how I ended up with it, but I somehow came into possession of a lump of speckled stoneware clay (as opposed to the white clay I learned on and started my Etsy shop with).

This bowl was made by combining the white clay I had leftover and my lump of brownish clay to create a marbled look, and then I used a semi-transparent glaze overtop. I loved the final look so much that I’ve since started working exclusively with the speckled clay. I can’t wait to start debuting this fresh new line of finished pottery—stay tuned!

In the meantime, click the graphic below (or right here) to shop all of the pieces in Collection No.5. Let me know if you have a favorite from the bunch, or if there’s a unique shape or style you’d like to see in the shop later this spring and summer. I’m always open to new ideas, so leave a comment below and I’ll see what I can do for you.

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Dresser Makeover Using Chalk Decorative Paint

*This post has been sponsored by Behr Paint Company. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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It’s finally time to reveal that big furniture project I’ve been hinting at for the last several weeks! Slip into a fuzzy robe, grab a second cup of coffee, and settle in, folks, because today’s DIY tale in partnership with Behr Paint Company is a meaty one.

It all started with an extra beat-up old dresser. I had spotted it toward the beginning of the year at a local thrift store with the price tag of $79. I don’t mind admitting that I sort of balked at that price because the dresser was clearly not solid wood (the dated wood veneer on the outside edges had seen better days) and it was wobbly, too. I ended up walking away from it that day but just couldn’t get it out of my mind. So, I went back a week later to give it a closer look.

I got down on my hands and knees in the store to inspect the legs and found that a few quick twists of the tapered legs helped get rid of most of the wobble. Even still, I wasn’t totally sold on the price, so I asked the woman at the cash register if there was any room for negotiation. She went back to ask the manager, and we ended up settling on $60. Still not quite a steal in my book, but I was excited to shave off nearly $20 from the original list price.

After getting the piece home and giving it an even more thorough inspection, I decided that the dresser still needed extra TLC beyond a simple tightening of the legs—namely, it needed paint. So, with a little help from you guys on Instagram, I chose a retro-inspired teardrop shape for the drawer fronts and got to work making my vision come to life using the Two-Part BEHR® Chalk Decorative Paint System—all the supplies for which I purchased from the paint department at Home Depot.

Scroll on to learn how to get the same look on a tired vintage dresser of your own using my shopping list and printable teardrop template.

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Here’s What You’ll Need

1. BEHR® Chalk Decorative Paint (I used Picnic Table BCP29 and Silver Celadon BCP40 for this project)

2. BEHR® Wax Decorative Finish (I used ‘Clear’)

3. 1.75 in. Chalk Decorative Paint Brush

4. 1.875 in. Chalk Decorative Wax Brush

5. Printable teardrop shape template (click here for the free download)

6. Cardstock

7. Scissors

8. Standard clear office tape

9. Level

10. Measuring tape

11. Pencil

12. Painter’s tape

13. Drop cloth or scrap cardboard

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Step One

As I mentioned before, my vintage dresser came with a whole bunch of vintage scuffs and scars (including a dresser drawer that had actually come undone). If your piece of mid-century furniture is looking a little worse for wear, too, go ahead and take some time to clean things up. Use a damp sponge or plastic scraper tool to gently remove old dirt and grime, and you may want to spritz the inside of the drawers with a water and vinegar mixture to help get rid of any lingering musty smells.

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Step Two

Use a measuring tape to find the center of each drawer front. You’ll want to measure side-to-side and top-to-bottom to get the most accurate center point. Mark this lightly with a pencil, and repeat on all of your drawers.

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Step Three

Download the free teardrop shape template that I created for you, and print it onto cardstock as many times as you’ll need. Note that this design calls for two teardrops per drawer front, so I printed eight shapes for my 4-drawer dresser. Cut out the shapes along the lines using scissors.

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Step Four

Use standard clear office tape to attach the cut teardrop shapes to your dresser drawer fronts, with their points touching in the center. I included handy cross section lines on the template so that you can use a level to make sure the shapes are nice and straight.

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Step Five

Gently trace the teardrop shapes onto your drawer fronts using a pencil. Then, you can peel away and discard the shapes. You should now be able to see faint pencil lines marking where to tape in the next step to follow.

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Step Six

Pull out the drawers from the dresser and set them aside. Then, paint the entire exterior of your dresser using your BEHR Chalk Decorative Paint color of choice. In the example you see here, I used Silver Celadon BCP40 on the outside, painted on in three coats with a 1.75 in. Chalk Decorative Paint Brush. Make sure you allow the paint to dry for a couple of hours between coats.

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Step Seven

Meanwhile, in between the paint drying on the outside of your dresser, you can move on to taping off the teardrop shapes. Use small individual lengths of painter’s tape to make your way around the curves. I expected this step to take a really long time, but it only ended up costing me about 15 minutes per drawer! Put on some music or a podcast, and this step will fly by.

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Step Eight

When the paint on the outer edges of your dresser is completely dry, go ahead and gently push the drawers back in place. Use the same 1.75 in. Chalk Decorative Paint Brush to paint the teardrops in alternating colors; I used Picnic Table BCP29 and Silver Celadon BCP40 for this project.

Keep painting until you can’t see the wood drawer fronts beneath. Allow the paint to dry between coats as you did before. It’s easier to paint the teardrop shapes while the drawers are pushed into the dresser like normal, and they can dry easily there, too, since they’ll be up and out of the way.

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Step Nine

Wait at least two hours for the paint to fully dry, then give the entire dresser—outside edges, legs, painted teardrops, and exposed wood surfaces—a few thin and even coats of BEHR Wax Decorative Finish using a 1.875 in. Chalk Decorative Wax Brush. Give the wax plenty of time to cure before styling it with everyday bedroom essentials—things like a lamp, art, a plant, and a dish for jewelry.

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Although the dresser had a nice shape before, it just felt so plain. Plus, the dinged-up surface looked really tired. It needed a refresh. The updated painted exterior helped hide years of wear and tear, and the teardrop shapes on the drawer fronts makes the piece pop. You can visit BEHR’s color detail page here to see the full collection of color names and numbers in case you’d love to try a different combination on your own dresser—maybe Carousel Red BCP04 and Vintage Mustard BCP13?

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One thing I didn’t anticipate having such a big impact on the makeover was the BEHR Wax Decorative Finish. After finishing up the painting steps, I walked backward to check out the overall look and loved it exactly as it was. Not wanting to skip a step, though, I followed through with the directions and layered the wax over the entire dresser, too. That moment turned out to be a complete game-changer!

If you look at the before/after graphic a couple images up, you can probably see how the wax really brought out the grain detail and color of the wood drawer fronts. The BEHR Wax Decorative Finish will also help protect the paint job I worked so hard on. Our cats are always jumping up on the furniture, leaving claw marks behind on unfinished pieces in our house. The wax on this dresser has already helped prevent visible damage from their paws.

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So, what do you think? Are you as excited by this as I am? The best part of all is that I have a ton of paint left over, so picture me wandering around our house looking for other pieces of retro furniture to make over. In the meantime, let me know in the comments below what type of piece you would make over with BEHR Chalk Decorative PaintFind your nearest Home Depot for supplies by clicking here.

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