How do I chalk paint this dresser?

by Diane

I have a dresser I use in my room for TV etc. It was a free find 😊.Iv decided to make my first attempt at chalk paint. This piece has a laminated top. It's kinda OK, because I use it for TV clock etc. But it won't look good with the paint. Any suggestions ?

q suggestions for dresser top


Will post when completed

  13 answers
  • Pamela Pamela on Jan 10, 2019

    Paint the top as well !!! You might want to scuff it up with some sandpaper first. Just the top ! Usually you don't have to do this when using chalk paint , but since it's laminated , you might want to , but I really don't think it's necessary. Good luck !

    • Kim Armstrong Kim Armstrong on Jan 11, 2019

      I am an Interior Designer. Granite yards sell off leftover pieces of granite for next to nothing. Only expense is edges cut/install. None of these other suggestions will hold.


  • Gk Gk on Jan 10, 2019

    You don't have to paint the laminate. You could use some stained wood strips to cover it and give it a farmhouse appearance. You could also make a wooden top that fits over this--like a wooden lid. You could also use peel and stick tiles on the laminate top and add some wooden trim on the laminate edges. You would also be able to paint the laminate with chalk paint if you gave it a light sanding to get some tooth, used a primer, and sealed your chalk paint with a poly finish.

  • I can do better! Head over to your local stoneyard and shop the remnant or scrap section of left over pieces from larger jobs. I can almost guarantee you can find a hunk of marble, granite or other pretty stone for pennies on the dollar. Most will cut and polish edges to fit for a few extra dollars. I just recently did the top of a friends dresser similar to yours. We found a piece of marble for $10, straight side cut to fit and polish was another $5. It looks fabulous!

    Another option is to get a piece of glass cut to fit and slip photos, postcards, pretty vintage hankies or dollies underneath.

  • Susan Susan on Jan 11, 2019

    If doing chalk paint, swap old-style brass drawer pulls for updated knobs - like ceramic. Agree with previous post about getting glass cut to shield finish. Or stone yard find. Or paint.

  • JudyH JudyH on Jan 11, 2019

    Try painting just the drawer fronts first and leave all the frame the stained color it is now, add new hardware and see how you like it. It may surprise you! If you don't like it, then you can go ahead and paint the frame and decide what you want to do with the top.

  • 34354174 34354174 on Jan 11, 2019

    I like the ideas about the remnants of stone, but if that is not your taste or vision, then do what you want with the top and then apply several really heavy coats polyurethane in whatever finish you prefer. I personally think a matte finish goes better with chalk paint. It will work on any kind of paint and unless you are really rough on it, it will hold up to TVs and clocks. Sand and prime the laminate well before paining.

  • Kerry Thomsen Kerry Thomsen on Jan 11, 2019

    Remove the draws and add shelves, first prime the dresser then use what paint you want, if you primer first it will work I've done it for a dresser I changed into a play dreas- up dress holder for my granddaughter she loves it πŸ˜‰

  • Kerry Thomsen Kerry Thomsen on Jan 11, 2019

    Oh I forgot, on the shelves use baskets

  • Sally-Charles Evans Sally-Charles Evans on Jan 11, 2019

    36 years ago I purchased an OLD solid oak desk from an add in the paper. The top was totally ruined. We scraped off the uneven stuff and carefully covered the top with wood grained Contact paper to match the desk. I took measurements and got some rather heavy plexiglass cut to fit. I am sitting at that desk now! Same plexiglass and Contact paper! Needless to say it holds up very well, even with 4 children and 9 grandkids. Give it a try.

  • Kevin zhang Kevin zhang on Jan 11, 2019

    I had questions to ask that: if the wood based floor then attached the stickly floor double tapes then its above cover by Carpets, but during I clean the home and replace the carpets , I found the tape which attached in the wood floor were so difficult to remove, any guys suggest does we have any tools for remove this type of double side tapes? thank you so much.

  • Twyla J Boyer Twyla J Boyer on Jan 13, 2019

    Depends on your taste, of course, but topping the laminate with stone, tile, or decoupage (with 2-3 good coats of polyurethane to protect it) will all be easier and will likely hold up better than trying to paint it.

  • Charly Charly on Jan 14, 2019

    Mosaic it