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Easy Chalk Paint Dresser Makeover - From Gross to Gorgeous!

Don't throw away that old dresser! There may be hope for it, yet. Chalk paint is a quick and easy way to breathe new life into and reinvent furniture. Check out how I gave this old, salvaged dresser a fresh new finish.
Time: 2 Days Cost: $50 Difficulty: Medium
  • Watch this amazing transformation!
See the entire project from start-to-finish by watching the video! In a hurry? Check out the quick step-by-step guide below.
First things first - we need to find a piece of furniture. I salvaged this dresser from a friend's garbage pile. It's clear that it's been in storage for quite some time and has seen better days. Even though it looks pretty gnarly, the wood is solid and strong. Aside from dirt and spider webs, there aren't any signs of decay. Perfect!

Old furniture is surprisingly easy to find. If you're interested, checking out thrift stores is a great option. The "free" section of craigslist may also prove helpful, but as always, BE CAREFUL. There are some seriously sketch folks out there. Even though I was able to pluck this gem from the curbside, I definitely don't recommend "dumpster diving".
Before beginning this process, we have to do a little bit of cleaning. Since the dresser will be used in the house, I wanted to make sure that there was no mold or mildew present. I grabbed a pair of gloves and a mask and got to work! Gloves and mask will be important as we sand on the dresser, as well. Since this piece is older, I can't be certain what paints/stains have been used on it. It's always better to be safe than sorry!

I simply washed the dresser with a mild bleach solution. Depending upon the piece you're painting, you may be able to omit this step. Now is also a good time to remove any hardware, such as knobs, from the furniture.
Next, I began to sand the dresser. I used a 36 grit sandpaper, which is very large. This project needed a heavy duty grit, as it was covered with multiple layers of old paint. The grit that you use will depend upon your project. Some projects will require a less abrasive sand paper. It's important to pay close attention as you begin to work, so not as to damage the furniture on which you're working.

Using a hand sander is also an option, especially for larger projects. Since chalk paint is very forgiving, it's not as critical that the dresser is immaculately smooth. Rough sanding the entire dresser will provide a nice base on which the paint will easily adhere.
After the dresser and its drawers have been sanded. Remove any dust with a tack cloth or lint-free rag. Apply the first coat of chalk paint to the pieces and allow them to dry overnight.
While some furniture may require two coats of paint, this dresser only needed one. The next day, I applied a clear matte protective top coat to the project.
Last, but certainly not least, it's time to add the new hardware to the dresser. These plastic knobs worked great, and more importantly, they were cost effective!
That's it! We did it! Doesn't that look so much better?! My friend could hardly believe that it was the same piece of furniture! In addition to the dresser, I was able to clean up the matching mirror quite nicely. In a lot of ways, I can't help but feel like these type of projects are a lot like life - it's never too late for a fresh start.

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Much love!

Materials used for this project:

  • Rustoleum Matte Interior 'Aged Gray' Chalked Paint   (http://amzn.to/2tkGBRs)
  • Rustoleum Matte Interior Clear Protective Top Coat   (http://amzn.to/2seFJOi)
  • Various Sand Paper   (http://amzn.to/2rZaWki)
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  • Karen Criner
    Karen Criner Winston Salem, NC
    on Jun 29, 2017

    Awww! That piece of furniture needed just the right amount of love and I give you an A+,

  • Theduke1234
    on Jul 8, 2017

    They are beautiful........You diy'rs confuse me.???? Normally it is takin' a newer piece of furniture and tearing it down, distressing it, turnin' it to the Rustic look...........Sooooooooo that is what it looked like before, now this is the after........I like 'em both. It looks good either way!!

    • Cheryl
      Cheryl North Platte, NE
      on Jul 8, 2017

      I agree, the previous finish was wonderful, and truly "distressed". It would have went for top dollar around here. People do all kinds of things to try and get that "look"!

  • Shoppe No. 5
    Shoppe No. 5 Bradenton, FL
    on Jul 8, 2017

    I love how you took this ugly curbside find and turned it into the beauty it is now.

  • Gerigoetz
    on Jul 8, 2017

    I love your result!

  • Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey
    Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey Castaic, CA
    on Jul 8, 2017

    Love this! I have my parents old highboy dresser (1957), sitting in my garage waiting for a makeover just like this . . . Just too darn hot to work out there right now. Great share, thanks!

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