Due to space constraints, this client was in search of a piece of furniture to use as a dresser and as a desk. He hoped for a place to keep his laptop and planned to place a flat screen television on top. He also wanted something that would coordinate with the other pieces in the room…"off white" and distressed.
I only had to think for a minute before I came up with the perfect piece!
I got to work hunting for the hardware I would need. Much to my surprise, I found 8 matching, vintage drawer pulls on E Bay but had purchase the specialty hinges and knobs from an online store. They were more than I had hoped to spend, but I didn't have any reclaimed hardware that would work. I cut new supports from some wood left over from another project and sanded them to fit the openings perfectly.
While I waited for all of the hardware to arrive, I started coating the raw wood so that the red dye wouldn't seep through the paint. After two coats of polyurethane, I was ready to begin painting.
I made my own "chalk paint" by mixing calcium carbonate powder into the paint I purchased at the paint store. (Always use paint with a FLAT finish when doing this). Chalk paint offers a soft, clean, stroke-free finish and distresses beautifully.