Do it Yourself: Timeless Blue Vanity Dresser

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A fully decorated traditional bathroom with a blue vintage vanity dresser, oval sink, brushed nickel fittings.

Up-cycling and restoring furniture have become so popular among home crafters these days as creativity helps both stimulate and soothe the mind and, it is such a cost efficient and eco-friendly way to update a furniture piece or space. So, I’ve had this vintage dresser that needed some work done and I thought it would be perfect for a guest bath renovation on a budget. 

A vintage dresser, staged and ready to get painted.

Normally, if I were to use regular paint to upcycle a dresser like this, I would first need to sand  the entire furniture piece to make the surface smooth, clean off all that dust away, add a coat of primer, let that dry and finally add on a couple coats of paint. It would look nice, but it would take a lot of work. The great thing about decorative paint options like the Behr® Chalk Decorative Paint is that you can skip a few steps and achieve the same great results.

Check out this old furniture piece transformation, going from a tired old dresser to a purposeful sink vanity with a fresh new color.

Chalk Paint How to steps

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Time to complete: 3 hrs. (not including dry time)

Front view of Chalk Decorative Paint project materials including paint, brushes, wax, sand block, white rag and Behr swipes.

Materials

Behr® Chalk Decorative Paint in Timeless Blue BCP38

Behr® Chalk Decorative Paint Brush

Behr® Clear Interior Chalk Decorative Wax

Behr® Chalk Decorative Wax Brush

Sandpaper or sanding block

Clean Rag

Behr® Swipes

An antique furniture piece being wiped off.
An antique furniture piece being sanded in preparation for painting.

Step 1: Clean the furniture Piece

For better adhesion, scuff sand glossy surfaces.

With Behr® Swipes or damp cloth wipe off dust residue and allow to dry.

Man’s hands removing hardware from a furniture piece.

Step 2: Remove hardware

Remove all hardware to avoid getting paint on it.

Man’s hands putting blue tape on furniture piece.

Step 3 Tape

Mask off the area that you don’t want painted.

A BEHR decorative chalk paint sitting on top of a dresser and man’s hands applying paint on the background.
A closeup detail image of a hand holding a brush and painting a small furniture area.

Step 3: Paint

Using Behr® Chalk Decorative Paint Brush or a quality Nylon/Polyester brush, begin painting with the color of your choice.

A closeup detail image of a hand holding a special brush and applying wax on small crevices.

Step 2: Wax

After painting the entire surface with BEHR Chalk Decorative Paint, allow a minimum of 2 hours to dry. Then using  a natural bristle brush or lint-free rag, apply the Behr® Clear Interior Chalk Decorative Wax by spreading evenly over the surface. A clear coat of wax will help enhance the beauty of the furniture piece and add an extra layer of protection.

Tip– Focus on highlighting the best features of the piece by working the wax into small crevices. To maintain the quality of your finish, reapply wax as needed. If you want to create a lime-wash look, used the BEHR decorative white wax to create a more vintage or antique look, use the BEHR decorative dark wax.

Step 3: Add final touches

Reinstall drawers and hardware and enjoy your new unique piece!

A side-view furniture piece details and hardware.

A closeup view of the crevices and details of a blue furniture piece.
A side view of a bathroom with a blue vintage vanity dresser, sink, brushed nickel fittings and water efficient toilet.

I wanted to preserve all the interesting details and turn it into a more purposeful piece, so I decided to have a faucet, ceramic sink and toilet paper dispenser installed. Hard to believe it is the same furniture piece, huh? To learn more about Behr® Chalk Decorative Paints and waxes to achieve unique looks like this, visit behr.com .

Colorfully Yours,

Diana

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