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What sheen do I need?
8 Oz. Sample
1 Gallon
1 Quart
5 Gallon
The following product(s) is required to properly prep and pre-treat wood prior to any stain project.
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The following product(s) is required to properly prep and pre-treat wood prior to any stain project. Only available in store at Home Depot.
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The 9 in. x 1/4 in. Polyester Adhesive Roller Cover has a hard texture, making it ideal for applying all types of adhesives to smooth surfaces. It can be used for stippling and applying sand paints.
The following product(s) is recommended when stripping is needed.
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How to Paint Furniture with BEHR® Chalk Decorative Paint

Do you have an old piece of furniture that could use a makeover? You came to the right place to learn how to turn a dresser from blah to wow in just a few easy steps.

For Best Results:

Remember that proper preparation is key to achieving a successful DIY project.

  1. Aerial shot of tools needed to paint furniture

    Step 1

    Grab your tools.

  2. Person removing hardware and drawers from a dresser

    Step 2

    Using a screwdriver, remove all hardware and drawers.

  3. Person wiping dust off of furniture

    Step 3

    Wipe the furniture to remove any dust.

  4. Person sanding furniture with a sanding block

    Step 4

    Prep the surface by gently sanding using a sanding block. Wipe off any excess dust.

  5. Person laying dresser drawers flat over a drop cloth

    Step 5

    Lay the dresser drawers flat over a drop cloth.

  6. Person using a BEHR Chalk Decorative Paint Brush and BEHR Chalk Decorative Paint to paint a dresser drawer

    Step 6

    Using a BEHR® Chalk Decorative Paint Brush and BEHR® Chalk Decorative Paint, apply smooth even strokes to the dresser drawer in the direction of the grain.

  7. Person painting furniture with a BEHR Chalk Decorative Paint Brush

    Step 7

    Make sure to get into all the nooks and crannies.

  8. Painted dresser drawers drying on a drop cloth

    Step 8

    Allow 2 hours for the BEHR® Chalk Decorative Paint to fully dry.

  9. Painted dresser with BEHR Chalk Decorative Wax Finish applied on top

    Step 9

    Using a BEHR® Chalk Decorative Wax Brush, apply BEHR® Wax Decorative Finish. Note that a little goes a long way. 

  10. Person buffing dresser to desired sheen

    Step 10

    Allow wax to dry before buffing to desired sheen. 

  11. Person washing tools with warm soapy water

    Step 11

    Wash your tools with warm soapy water. 

  12. Close-up of painted dresser drawer with hardware replaced

    Step 12

    Take this opportunity to replace your hardware. 

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Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • BEHR® Chalk Decorative Paint Brush

  • BEHR® Chalk Decorative Wax Brush

  • BEHR® Chalk Decorative Paint

  • BEHR® Wax Decorative Finish

  • Paint Key

  • Screwdriver

  • Drop Cloth

  • Sanding Block

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