DIY Dresser Makeover Using Chalk Paint

Susan Stewart, Perfectly Placed

Antique and older furniture can be a great addition to your home, but often it needs to be refreshed. Sanding, staining, and using polyurethane can produce great results but require a great deal of time and elbow grease. An easier route that produces beautiful results is to use chalk paint.

In this video I refresh a dresser my newly-married daughter bought for her apartment and show you the easy steps to furniture that looks like new. 

Step 1: Gather your supplies including chalk paint, brushes, rollers, and finishing wax.

Step 2: Remove any hardware, including knobs, handles, and hinges.

Step 3: Apply the paint. For large surfaces, I recommend using a roller to cut down on brush marks in the paint. The nice thing about chalk paint is, if you do have brush marks or drips, you can lightly sand them out.

Step 4: Apply a second coat of paint.

Step 5: After the paint has dried, if you like a distressed look, this is the time to do that by lightly creating the effect on the edges using a fine sandpaper. We chose not to distress this dresser, so skipped this step.

Step 6: After the paint dries (chalk paint drives very quickly), apply a wax to protect the furniture using a round brush. After application, buff with a clean cloth to a nice shine. That’s it! You are done.