DIY CHALK PAINTED DRESSER MAKEOVER

4 Materials
$40
2 Hours
Easy
There seems to be one thing on my mind lately ... house makeovers. When we bought the house last fall, we (mostly me) agreed that one of the spare bedrooms should be turned into a closet. As in, the entire room is used as a closet. It's taking some time to pull together because I'm trying to do it all on a budget.
So one of my first budget-friendly finds was this dresser  I found on a Facebook yard sale site for $40. I knew it would need some updates and new drawer pulls, but it was the perfect size and height for the space in the room. The dresser was painted in a light blue color had a bit of a glittery feel to it and that felt a bit adolescent to me. The easiest way to update the dresser was using chalk paint. I had never used chalk paint before but decided to try the Rustoleum's Chalk Paint because it was so cost friendly. I thought why not give it a try! 
If you look at the top two drawers, you will see that there are holes for two pull out handles. These handles were an awkward size and I decided I wanted to update the dresser anyway so I caulked the holes with nail hole filler. 

The nail hole filler applies in a pink color and then it dries white. Once it dried it's easy to sand down to be even with the drawer. You can't even tell there was ever even a hole! 
We moved the dresser out on the patio so I could lightly sand over the top and the sides. It's not required, but there were a few spots I wanted to make sure were even from the previous paint job. Once sanded, I wiped off any dust from sanding and it was time to start! 
I used the Rust-Oleum Chalked Ultra Matte Paint in Linen White. Once the paint was dried, I gave the dresser two coats with the Chalked Protective top coat in Matte Clear. 
Here's what the Linen White looks like when you open the can. It is in fact, white. 
The dresser and the drawers were given two coats of the Linen White Chalk Paint. Once dried, then two coats of the protective top coat. The top coat looks like watered down milk but goes on clear. It also dries clear but just provides a bit of shine to the painted dresser. 
And, ta-dah! 

I added new hardware, a larger lamp, and the closet room is now nicely pulling together! It's amazing how easy the Rust-Oleum Chalked Ultra Matte Paint was in transforming this once blue dresser to a bright, clean white. 
Click through to the blog post to see more transformations in the new house! http://www.southernblondie.com/2017/05/diy-chalk-painted-dresser-makeover.html

Suggested materials:

  • Dresser   (Facebook Yard Sale Site)
  • Rust-Oleum Chalked Ultra Matte Paint in Linen White
  • Rust-Oleum Protective Top Coat
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Maegan
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  • Irenesky Irenesky on Mar 09, 2019

    Did you use a regular paint brush when applying the chalk paint? or those round head brushes? Thanks, good job!!

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