Cool Concrete Overlay

By melinda, owner at crimson + oak designs in Irving, TX.

This was a vintage 1970s dresser that used to live at my friend's childhood home. When the home was going up for sale recently and my friend's mother started getting rid of some of her furniture that wouldn't be going to the new home, I knew exactly which piece I wanted to take with me.

This piece was still in pretty good shape, but had seen better days. The 70s might have made way for some cool design profiles, but some of the materials used for cost-effective measures (ie. pressed wood covered in laminate) did not mix well with moisture from wet pool towels as this dresser used to sit right inside the back door leading outside. 

The laminated top had some swollen spots from water getting absorbed into the pressed wood and even painting it wasn't going to work in covering up the difference in texture and thickness. So, I decided to completely transform the top by using a concrete overlay. The body of the dresser was painted in Graphite chalk paint by Annie Sloan. Afterwards, a light glaze with General Finishes Pitch Black was used. The inside of the drawers were given a light coat of Paris Grey chalk paint by Annie Sloan. The entire piece was sealed with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in flat.

Project Category

Upcycling Merit CategoriesShades of Gray

Products Used

  • Ardex Feather Finish
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Graphite
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Paris Grey
  • General Finishes - High Performance Top Coat in Flat
  • General Finishes - Pitch Black Glaze Effects

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