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With the arrival of Spring, I always love to give our porch a fresh look, and of course, since we just built our dream farmhouse (click here), our funds have been sucked dry. LOL. Obviously, that meant I had to shop on a very tight budget for this “refresh,” which worked out well! Do you know why? Because I already had a hand-me-down dresser that was perfect for the porch! Shopping your house is a great way to spruce up your exterior without having to spend too much cash! Woohoo!
Now let’s talk about this project….Because I’m one of the Core Creators for DecoArt (which I am so LOVING!), I get to play with their products every so often. (All opinions are completely my own! Please click this link for full disclosure!)
This month, they asked me to create a project that would help promote their Outdoor Living and/or Curb Appeal paint lines. I chose to mainly use their Outdoor Living paint for this project, because I’ve used it before and loved it (click here for that post)….It’s an awesome interior/exterior, acrylic paint line! You don’t have to sand, prime or seal your piece before painting, which makes me very happy.
The other paint that I used for this project was DecoArt’s “Curb Appeal” paint line, and it’s incredible as well! The great thing about this paint is that, not only do you NOT have to sand, prime or seal, but it dries quickly. So if you use this paint on your front door, for example, you’ll be able to close your freshly-painted door on the same day!
- Americana Decor Outdoor Living 8oz - Picket Fence (ADOL02-36)
- Americana Decor Outdoor Living 2oz - Iron Gate (ADOL01-30)
- Sponge Brushes
- Paper Plate
- Drop Cloth Or Protective Paint Layer
Follow the directions on the “Outdoor Living” paint tub for easy prep, and make sure your piece is on top of a drop cloth or some sort of protective surface. You’ll also want to pour a little paint onto your paper plate for easy reach with the brush.
Now, you’re ready to start your project! I really LOVED this paint, because it went on smoothly and quickly!
After applying a couple of coats of this white paint, and after the dresser completely dried, it was time to stencil! I made sure the drawers were turned right-side up and then attached the reusable, stick-on stencils to the drawer fronts.
Because I wanted the stenciled design to have a distressed look, I didn’t coat the sponge brush with too much black paint. Actually, I only needed a smidgen of paint…probably no more than a dime-size! But I lightly dabbed the black paint into the sponge brush and then brushed some of it off onto a paper plate to ensure that I didn’t overcoat the stencil. After I had the right amount of paint on the brush, I lightly and carefully pounced over the stencil.
Immediately after I finished with that portion of the project, I removed the stencils. Easy peasy! Because Outdoor Living paint doesn't require any finishing work, I didn’t have to worry about applying a sealant! Woohoo!
Once everything was completely dry, my sweet son carried the dresser out for me, because it was time to decorate!
I’m so excited about enjoying our newly-painted piece on the porch. We’ll get to relax in warmer weather, smell the fragrant flowers and make memories on our front porch!
What do you guys think of my refreshed dresser? Comment below or stop by Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest and say hey! I always love to hear from my awesome readers! Also, "thank you" to the amazing DecoArt team for asking me to be one of your Core Creators this year. I have truly had an absolute blast!!!