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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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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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.
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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