Laura
Laura
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  • Alexandria, VA

Gorgeous Before and After: Refinished Dresser


I found an incredible solid wood, serpentine front dresser on Craigslist for $50! All it needed was a bit of refinishing to make it shine.
gorgeous before and after refinished dresser, chalk paint, painted furniture
Before: in good shape, but the finish had a lot of wear.
gorgeous before and after refinished dresser, chalk paint, painted furniture
gorgeous before and after refinished dresser, chalk paint, painted furniture
gorgeous before and after refinished dresser, chalk paint, painted furniture
I decided to stain the top, and paint the bottom with Annie Sloan Aubusson Blue Chalk Paint. Starting to strip the top!
gorgeous before and after refinished dresser, chalk paint, painted furniture
Here you can see the difference between the painted drawer with no wax, and the painted drawer with dark wax. It muted the bright blue, and added a lot of character.
gorgeous before and after refinished dresser, chalk paint, painted furniture
The finished product - now one of my favorite pieces!
gorgeous before and after refinished dresser, chalk paint, painted furniture
If you would like more details on how I refinished this piece, check out my blog at www.practicallyrevived.com!

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1 question
  • Karen Barnes Swan
    on Feb 16, 2016

    Hi, I've never done something like this before but I'm going to give it a try on an old oak dresser in the spare bathroom and also one just like it in our family room that has the TV sitting on it. My question is this.....I have regular paint that I'd like to use but it's not Chalk paint. Would that work just as well as Chalk paint? I also just bought some brown glaze. Please give me your opinion on the difference in regular paint and Chalk paint and if you think I can use my paint instead of buying Chalk paint. Thank you!!! I love what you've done with this blue dresser and refinished top!

    • Anna
      on Jul 4, 2016

      Karen, ask an expert at your local home store (e.g. Home Depot) paint department. Chalk paint is regular paint with some Plaster of Paris added. Check this site or Google for exact instructions. Personally, I'd use the paint you have on hand; you already like that, right? Good luck!

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  • Della
    on Aug 27, 2015

    Absolutely gorgeous!!

  • Liz gregory
    on Aug 27, 2015

    this is one of the nicest refinishing projects I've ever seen! It's spectacular! You must be so proud of yourself. great job!!!

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