Duck Egg Blue

I bought this little dresser at Goodwill downtown Seattle a few weeks ago.  I actually liked the way it looked before but it needed some sprucing up.





This was my first time using Annie Sloan chalk paint.  There is a lot of info on the internet about Chalk Paint…but basically you don’t have to sand or prime and it leaves a matte almost chalk-like finish.
I love almost everything about this paint.  I love the colors it comes in, love that you don’t have to sand, love that there was almost no odor so I could paint inside, love that it went along way…I used maybe 1/4 of the quart on this dresser, and love that it dried fast!
I don’t love the price (it’s almost $40 for that quart!), it’s only in boutique stores, and it really should have a topcoat over it to prevent watermarks/chips.  I put a water based polycrylic over the paint to seal it and make it durable…or wax works well too but is more labor intensive.
All in all I’m really happy with the result and I’m sure I’ll be using chalk paint a lot more…if only because I don’t have to haul the furniture into the garage and sand/clean/prime it before hand!
Hope you all had a nice Halloween!

39 Responses to Duck Egg Blue

  1. CurlyGirlMom November 4, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    Not that you asked, but I think you did that dresser a real service by bringing it up to date! And the color you chose matches your background colors here on your website (almost?) perfectly! -Love it! I have been wanting to try painting with chalk paint myself, but have hesitated because of the price of paint. I guess the payoff is in time/energy expended, like you said. :) I've heard that you don't need to use a clear coat, but can wax instead. I'm going to have to break down and give it a try this winter. Thanks for sharing your project!

  2. Kanoelani November 4, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    I love the Annie Sloan Chalk paint. I used it on some boxes and baskets in my studio and it is a gorgeous matte finish. Love your dresser, it looks awesome!

  3. Jan November 4, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    I love the way the cupboard has come up. I recently painted for the first time using Annie Sloan paint and I love it. I live in Australia and the paint costs me $60 per quart. One tin will paint what I want and it gives me great satisfaction-so worth it I think.

  4. Kristin November 4, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    I have the matching nightstand, same details and everything. I had to change the hardware because somebody painted it on in lime green. I painted it blue also. Love it!

  5. Angela Atkins November 5, 2013 at 12:22 am #

    Naptime Decorator makes her own chalk paint by adding plaster of paris to normal paint. I found this one post that explains most of the how to's well:

  6. cambric cotton, pins and needles November 5, 2013 at 12:28 am #

    That dresser is gorgeous, like Jan I found the price here in Australia outrageous but it has so many colours that I cannot get in other paints. Best wishes

  7. Tina November 5, 2013 at 12:38 am #

    I have this EXACT dresser and just painted it a nice pale, yellow chalk paint :) It was previously painted white and looked pretty nasty (plus it had been in my parents' garage for 20 years) but it's my bedside table now and I love it!

  8. Tammy November 5, 2013 at 12:51 am #

    Congratulations to the winners. I love your dresser redo. T is gorgeous.

  9. Melissa at Missouri Mel November 5, 2013 at 1:13 am #

    You did a great job giving that dresser a new life and I really like the color.

  10. Amber November 5, 2013 at 1:38 am #

    Yes, the dresser turned out great. Very pretty! I'm inspired now. I've had some bar stools sitting in my garage for years! I really need to get to them! Have a great day!


  11. Hilary November 5, 2013 at 1:58 am #

    Congrats to the winners! I have always wanted to try that paint, but I have been deterred by the price. Glad to know it works so well!

  12. Jennifer Boren November 5, 2013 at 1:59 am #

    I have that dresser. Is the top of yours laminated? If so, did you do anything special to prep for painting? Thank you.

  13. AshleySaxon November 5, 2013 at 2:11 am #

    Oh my gosh! I got a dresser very similar but bigger! I liked how it had that gold accents but i didn't want gold so I went white with blue accents. I was totally with you on the silver handles though, love them!!

  14. Lisa November 5, 2013 at 3:15 am #

    Absolutely lovely (the colour make me smile) and little red riding hood is pretty cute too!!!!

  15. allison November 5, 2013 at 4:44 am #

    Jennifer…because I used chalk paint I didn't do anything to prep it…that's the best part of chalk paint it sticks to everything! :)

  16. margaret November 5, 2013 at 6:07 am #

    the chalk paint is new to me, love the effect and that it goes straight onto the furniture without preparation, excellent.

  17. Cille November 5, 2013 at 6:44 am #

    Great color :)

  18. Froschkoenigin November 5, 2013 at 7:07 am #

    Die kommode ist schön geworden .
    Ich habe auch schon einige Bauernschränke
    Gestrichen und sie sehen wieder zeitgemäß aus .
    Möbel die alt sind tragen ja auch viele Erinnerungen
    Die entsorgt man nicht, nur weil die Farbe nicht stimmt.
    Außerdem kaufen beim schwedischen Möbel Markt kann jeder.
    Viele Grüße Karo

  19. Vicki Posten November 5, 2013 at 7:11 am #

    I just looked into chalk paint this weekend! I love the way it looks, but was wondering how it was to use. Your dresser is wonderful. Love the white hardware.

  20. KaHolly November 5, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    That was my dresser when I was a kid! Wonder how it got all the way to the West coast. It came out beautiful. You'd never ever know it was the same dresser.

  21. queenopearls November 5, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    PERFECT timing! I was contemplating painting two pieces of furniture but … super heavy and you know the rest. I went to the website and found a store near me. Thanks!!! Your dresser/chest looks fab! Go you!!
    ~Christina in Cleveland

  22. trish November 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    Your dresser is so cute! I love the white knobs on the blue. :o) Thank you for sharing about your experience. I have seen chalk paint on several blogs and often wondered about it. :o)

  23. Linda Shields November 5, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    I just bought 2 quarts of AS in light sage green to redo my entire bedroom set, hoping I will like the outdated furniture afterwards. Now i am pumped to "Get 'er done!" :) can't wait to do the before and after pics! Thanks for the inspiration, as always.

  24. Lisa D. November 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Your Red Riding Hood is adorable! Love the dresser! Did you get the chalk paint locally (I'm in Seattle, too), and if so, where?

  25. Susie November 5, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    Looks fantastic. I am a big fan of duck egg blue

  26. Jennifer E. November 5, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    Oh, Duck Egg! My favorite of all the Annie Sloan paints. So much fun to take something you like and create something you love! Time to fill it with fabric now, right?

  27. piffle November 6, 2013 at 12:51 am #

    Your precious little REd Riding Hood is so sweet. Love what you/she did for her Hallooweenie Day.

  28. Helen L November 6, 2013 at 5:52 am #

    go check out Lori Holt's blog: I think you'll recognize the fabric she used!! :-P
    And your dresser turned out great!! My granny had a set like that which I thought was gaudy!! If only I'd known that a little paint would have made it look so good!!
    And your sweet little girl is growing so fast before our eyes!! So cute as Little Red Riding Hood!!

  29. jusaweecatnap November 6, 2013 at 6:01 am #

    Little Red Riding Hood is just too cute! Love the dresser–great color. I painted the woodwork in my DR with faux milk paint (from ReStore), from a company that went out of business. I love it. It sounds like it is quite similar to chalk paint. But, the can warned that it isn't very durable, and it's such a tiny room, I figured I needed a topcoat. I used Mod Podge Hardcoat. It seems to work very well. Alas, I lose the nice matte finish of the paint, but I like the deep color, even with a shiny coating. It's interesting to read your opinions of AS Chalk Paint.

  30. Judith Blinkenberg November 6, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    I just love this color Allison. I think it is so pretty, and what a great job you did!! This is my favorite one. While white is simple and makes a statment, this aqua shouts "look at me!" Thanks for the info on the paint.

  31. Sophie Belle Designs November 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Fabulous makeover! what a difference, never heard of chalk paint but I'm off to have a look. Red riding hood is so cute too :)

  32. Sophie Belle Designs November 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Fabulous makeover! what a difference, never heard of chalk paint but I'm off to have a look. Red riding hood is so cute too :)

  33. u keep sewing November 6, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    Lovely! You have wonderful ideas. Your little red riding hood is precious . Thanks for sharing.

  34. Dorothy Griffiths November 8, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    Love the dresser, colour is just wonderful – also love the little cutie and her outfit, she is so sweet. A lovely post thank you

  35. maria.c November 8, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    Tu tocador ha quedado maravilloso, felicitaciones.

  36. ✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ November 10, 2013 at 1:33 am #

    Gorgeous dresser but even prettier daughter!

  37. Jennifer Bell November 11, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Beautiful dresser…love the color choice!

  38. greeblygreebly November 13, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    How funny, I bought that exact dresser for my daughter at the Goodwill in Tacoma.

  39. Paula November 27, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    there's a place by my work that sells this stuff but they sell a wax to protect it. it's not mat anymore, but it's protected. just something to look into!

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