Chalk Paint Dresser Transformation
Having a new house has inspired me to try and create the perfect craft environment. As I live by myself I have been able to designate my whole home as a craft haven - I have a large bedroom that also serves as a stockroom for my products, market stall and bulk supplies and the living room has the most natural light and so is perfect as a making space.
I've always fantasized about having a craft shop and in fact used to play pretend craft shops with my cousin Rachel. So one of the first things I wanted to make for my new craft space was a mini haberdashery.
My lovely parents have been keeping an old dresser for me for many years, cluttering up their garage, but now it has been transformed into the most beautiful and useful crafting storage unit.
It wasn't too hard to do, although took quite a few coats of paint to get the colour so bright and smooth. First I gave it a good wash and sand down, then removed the drawer handles and used wood filler to conceal the holes. Then I primed it and painted it with Autentico chalk paint in this beautiful and vibrant ' Brazilian Bird' shade. It took about 3 coats of paint, although some parts had to have even more.
Then I created the drawer handles from strings of wooden beads secured to the inside- they are not particularly strong, but I love that I could fix them myself very easily if they do wear out or break.
Lastly I added strings of bright pink mini pompoms to the shelves and got down to the serious business of sorting out my ever expanding ric-rac, bias binding and button collections.
Kim is a textile artist based in Portsmouth. She studied Illustration at Kingston University before becoming a textiles teacher. She combines the two disciplines to create retro inspired fabric artworks and playful images of pop culture.