Chalk Paint Dresser Update

4 Materials
5 Hours
A chalk-painted upcycled dresser makeover to an old school dresser that was quality made but sore on the eyes using chalky paint from DecoArt.
I started by taking the dresser apart, and removing the hardware from the drawers and setting the drawers aside from the dresser.

Be sure to allow space for everything to dry and for you to navigate without bumping into it.
Clean dresser and drawers.

I just used a damp cloth to wipe it down. There was a lot of dust.

Apply the first coat of the chalk paint and allow to dry.

Chalk paint dries really quickly. It only took about thirty minutes for it to dry.
There was one part that needed repair in the corner, so I glued and clamped it before doing my second coat for a more finished and complete look.
Apply the second coat. And once it is all dried, cover/top with wax or polyurethane.

Then, reassemble all the pieces and add new hardware. (if you choose)

To check out the full tutorial and additional details, please visit the original post here.

Note: the time listed includes full drying time between coats and upon completion.

The price does not include the cost of the dresser as that could vary.
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  • Aileen Aileen on Feb 13, 2020

    I have my parents dresser and armoire 70 years old but they don’t make them like that anymore. It’s Whitney Birch in great shape but I would love to chalk paint. My question is do I have to sand before if I am going to do a dark chalk color. The problem is they’re really heavy and movers don’t even like them because they’re so heavy so to move this outside to sand would be a nightmare.

  • Daria Daria on Feb 13, 2020

    Can you use chalk on it after the poly coat?

  • Sheila Sheila on Feb 28, 2020

    How long do you wait before you put the polyurethane

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