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dresser makeover

Vintage Dresser DIY Coastal Cottage Style | Behr reveal
Dresser Makeover
Christy James / Confessions of a Serial DIYer
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Dated Dresser Makeover
Magic of Paint

Updating an old dresser I acquired from my Hubby's Grandmother using paint. It was very dated, but it was a nice petite size and I knew the magic of paint would bring it back to life.

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BEHR color palette
Sunken Pool

Sunken Pool
S440-1
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Bit of Sugar

Bit of Sugar
PR-W14
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filling holes

Do you brake for yard sales? Do you immediately turn the car around when you pass a pile of junky furniture on the side of the road? Guilty! I have the hardest time passing on a piece of furniture in need of some love. Luckily there was no slamming of the brakes needed for this dresser; we acquired it from my Hubby's grandmother. It was very dated, but it was a nice petite size and I knew the magic of paint would bring it back to life.

I love a coastal cottage vibe in my own home so I tend to lean towards that style when painting the furniture I sell.

Taping off
Painting Stripes

Behr is my go-to for all my painting needs, but it is perfect for making DIY chalk paint! With little to no prep, chalk paint is my favorite for projects like this.

Here's what I used to tackle this dresser:

  • BEHR PREMIUM PLUS® Interior Flat Paint in Sunken Pool
  • BEHR PREMIUM PLUS® Interior Flat Paint in Bit of Sugar
  • Calcium Carbonate Powder (Easily found online.)
  • Water
  • Resealable Container for Chalk Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Wood Filler
  • Putty Knife
  • Painter's Tape
  • 220 Grit Sandpaper
  • Furniture Wax
  • Cotton Rag
  • Fabric
  • Rotary Cutter, Cutting Mat
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • 2"-3" Chip Brush

Step 1: Mix DIY Chalk Paint

I mix my chalk paint by the quart since I paint a lot of projects, but if you want to make a smaller batch, you'll need 4 TBSP of Calcium Carbonate per one cup of paint.

  • Dissolve Calcium Carbonate in enough water to dissolve the powder. It should be about the consistency of ranch dressing when mixed properly.
  • Add mixture to paint and stir well.
  • To make a quart, you'll need 12 TBSP of Calcium Carbonate and 3 cups of paint. The Home Depot sells empty quart cans that are perfect to mix and store your chalk paint.

Step 2: Prep Dresser

With chalk paint there is little to no prep, so a good wipe down was all this dresser needed. I did have to fix some veneer on the bottom and I also filled in the holes on the top drawer with wood filler since I planned to change the hardware. Once the wood filler was dry, I sanded the surface smooth using 220 grit sandpaper.

Step 3: Paint

Now for the fun part! Paint in long, even smooth strokes, going with the wood grain when possible. Sunken Pool covered in two coats beautifully. I also chose to paint the drawers, inside and out, since they were in rough shape. For a fun touch, I added stripes to the sides! I also added stripes to the sides of the dresser. I used painter's tape to tape them off once the original paint was completely dry.

The white I used is Behr's Bit of Sugar. I love this white. It has a bit of a vintage feel. Since the stripes are going over an already painted surface, it did not need to be mixed into chalk paint, but I used the same flat finish.

I removed the tape immediately after painting the second coat of white. I sanded all the surfaces lightly to get them silky smooth, as well as the edges and raised areas with 220 grit sandpaper, then sealed with furniture wax.

I love a coastal cottage vibe in my own home. Sunken Pool covered in two coats beautifully.  - BEHR Sunken Pool
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WHAT YOU NEED
"Paint in long, even smooth strokes, going with the wood grain when possible."
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  • paint
  • Wood Filler
  • Paint BRUSH
  • PaintER’S TAPE
  • CONTAINER
Tip

Close your eyes and run your hand over the surface of the holes you filled. If you can still feel where the holes were, you will likely see them through your paint job. Add a little more wood filler and try again.

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Sunken Pool
S440-1
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Bit of Sugar

Bit of Sugar
PR-W14
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"The new glass knobs are like jewelry!"

Oh and how about that fun pop of color in the drawers? Adding a sweet hidden detail like this pretty fabric in the drawers really makes this dresser unique.

THE BIG REVEAL
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BEHR color palette
Sunken Pool

Sunken Pool
S440-1
Color Details

Bit of Sugar

Bit of Sugar
PR-W14
Color Details

To add the fabric, I cut it to fit each drawer using a rotary cutter and cutting mat first. Then I attached it using Mod Podge in a matte finish. I applied it to the bottom of each drawer with a chip brush like a glue, then added the fabric.

A pretty update for Grandma's old dresser, don't you think?

Now go find something to paint! Maybe start at Grandma's house.

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