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The Lazy Girls Guide To Chalk Painting Furniture

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This post is designed for people who have a touch of ADD and cannot see themselves taking the time to properly paint a piece of furniture. 

I do not have the patience to go through the proper steps of painting furniture (cleaning, sanding, painting, etc).

I also have to admit that I don’t even have the time to watch the tutorials to properly do the cute chalk paint that is in style right now.

So here is the lazy girls solution to this dilemma.

A few years ago I decided that Brad and I needed another dresser for our clothes.  I did not want to go out and spend the money on a nice dresser so I went to the Habitat for Humanity store and scored this beautiful piece of furniture (lol).

It has been great but I have told myself for years that I would redo it.

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Guess what?

Years have passed and that has not happened. 

I decided that I was tired of looking at this ugly piece of furniture but I still was not willing to figure out the chalk paint thing. 

I went to Hobby Lobby and bought some gray chalkboard paint. It was $8.99 for a bottle.  You can get use your 40% off coupon on it. 

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I went on YouTube and watched the two minute tutorial.  The girl talked about if you wanted to use two colors, you could use Vaseline in between.

I put an old sheet under the dresser and painted it in my bedroom.  I didn’t even take the clothes out of the drawers….(that is super lazy….my friends know that I am not lazy…but for this project I completely was).   I did zero prep. 

I bought two colors, a light and dark gray.  I painted the light gray on first.  I let it dry and got some Vaseline out and put it on various parts.  I then painted the next coat with dark gray.  It looked pretty good.  I got a piece of sandpaper and tried to distress it.  It was a train wreck.  I just touched up the spots with more dark gray paint. 

In the end:

I love the outcome.  The good thing about chalk paint is that it doesn’t look bad if you mess up. Does it look like as good as my friends who have purchased the expensive chalkboard paint and gone through the proper procedures? No…but it looks good so I am happy.  It took around and hour to do.  I watched the ID Channel the entire time I was painting. 

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Extra:

I went to Kroger the other day and this bench was for sale for $20.00.  I thought the price was great but the legs were horrible.  While I was painting my dresser, I put some gray paint on the legs of the bench.  It made a huge difference!

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My question for you is this:  Who is ready to do the lazy girl’s version of chalk painting?

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