although it isn't technically 2015 yet, i'd like to share this dresser makeover as possible inspiration to renew and refresh furniture you already own or something you purchase second hand. here is a chest i found at the local goodwill for about $35.00.
the things i loved about this piece (in no particular order): the hardware, the size, and the price. the finish, which i didn't love, i knew i could quickly and easily change with chalk paint® decorative paint by annie sloan. this piece is a mixture of laminated wood and real wood so chalk paint® decorative paint by annie sloan was the obvious choice for its superb adhesion. i perused pinterest looking for color inspiration and i quickly narrowed it down to one of my all time favorites - kelly green. annie's antibes green wasn't the exact hue i had in mind so i started mixing. i soon found that equal parts antibes green and florence made the perfect kelly green! here is the final product!
once painted, i applied annie's clear soft wax - 2 coats. after allowing the wax 24 hours to harden (here in humid, new orleans it takes slightly longer for the wax to harden) i polished the wax with 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper for an ultra smooth, modern finish. just as i was wrapping this project up i opened hgtv magazine to find they had featured not one, but two kelly green campaign chests as part of their high/low feature! this definitely boosted my confidence in the color choice! both the "high" and "low" chests featured were over 3 times more expensive than my goodwill chest and the supplies - not to mention the fact that mine has 4 drawers rather than 3! here are the hgtv chests: