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I love that my daughter has my old furniture, but I don’t love the color or the style. The furniture is so dated and trust me, what is old is not going to be new again anytime soon. The yellow in the furniture does not compliment anything in her room. In fact, she chose pink walls (sigh).
While the look really never mattered, as she matures, I believe the room needs to grow with her. To keep things simple I decided to do a DIY dresser overhaul with chalk paint. I carefully chose my brand, as well as my colors.
My gift to my daughter is a new look on her furniture. The gift to myself is no longer viewing a color clash, rather a piece of furniture that looks incredible. Here’s how to lavishly live DIY out loud and overhaul a dresser with Chalk Paint.
DIY Dresser Overhaul With Chalk Paint
Today’s posts used products provided by Annie Sloan. In fact, I used Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan . My color choices were: Chalk Paint® in Paris Grey and Chalk Paint® in Old White!
I pride myself on my DIY projects. DIY is a commitment to reusing what you have made it look better and fit your life better. Don’t throw things out, reuse them for a better purpose. I am always pressed for time, so I wanted something that I could work with that would not require priming or sanding.
I just needed to be able to move the project along and see some results fast. When I can see my path I know that I am moving along. Progression is so important in keeping up the DIY spirit.
THE SUPPLIES for a Dresser Overhaul With Chalk Paint
Honestly, you can not get a great look if you don’t have the right supplies. My supplies were Annie Sloan and I purchased a great set of detail brushes from the local craft store.
Here are my paints, and flat brushes. Annie Sloan’s Flat Brushes truly let me look like a pro without much effort. The brushes actually take on a good amount of paint, but don’t ‘gob’, and actually apply evenly. You have to love the ease of the work.
MEET THE BEFORE we started the Dresser Overhaul With Chalk Paint
When I looked at the furniture I knew I could change it by simply using the brand of brands, Chalk Paint®
The hardest part of the project was figuring out what colors I was going to use. Yes, I said, ‘colors’ because, there’s a lot of detailing work on the furniture.
Imagine being able to start with this – before the dresser overhaul with chalk paint
And end up with it looking fabulous like this- after the dresser overhaul with chalk paint.
I seriously felt like I walked out of Home Goods with a new piece of furniture, except the satisfaction was in the DIY part, not the ‘shop for it’ part!
Wait, let’s see them together for the before and after.
Brushes are Important
Tools of the trade are seriously important here when painting with the Chalk Paint®
DRYING IN BETWEEN
If you look at this image you can see the drying in between. Further, I painted the entire top white and the sides gray, before I did the detailing. Then I changed how I was doing this, getting a bit more regimented. Truly it takes the first piece to really gain a plan.
TIPS – of a DIY dresser overhaul with Chalk Paint
As I worked, I used styrofoam pieces to elevate legs so I could definitely cover them and not hit the carpet.
Do use drop cloths ( I did)
The dresser is the project of projects. As you can see I had all the drawers set up. I decided to take off the hardware rather than paint around. I wanted this to look PRO!
I would use the Chalk Paint® in Paris Grey first, then I did the outlining with the detail brushes ( Chalk Paint® in Old White) ),s you can see.
In the spirit of recycling, use an old shoebox to hold Chalk Paint®
If you are using a few detail brushes or a few Annie Sloan Flat brushes (different colors, etc) use a zipping bag like I did to keep the brush pliable and set to go when you are ready to keep on going.
Do wash brushes after you are done, with simple water and dish soap mixture. Cradle the soap in the palm of your hand (dime size) and swirl the brush in the palm of your hand to work it through the bristles. Dry with a clean, cotton cloth and form again, allowing to dry for next use.
Do recap during painting, pour what you need into a container and keep the lid on the Chalk Paint®
My Own Tip
One last thing I did to make life easier, I buffed with my buffer to take the wax off, and it left an incredible shine. I personally did not feel like using a cloth, because there were so many drawers.
While it may not be the suggested method, you can see my results were magnificent. I did this after the wax was on for 24 hours, rather than the typical buffing with a cloth.
The Main Dresser – DIY Dresser Overhaul With Chalk Paint
I let this dry, it happened fast, and then repainted 2 coats total. Once I repeated this on every drawer, then I did the detailing. In between, I would do other things, like housework, lol!
When I was done with both the detailing and painting, I waxed and then I let that sit for 24 hours. No fans, nothing. I will state this there is a slight odor of the wax.
I would recommend working in a room you do not sleep in. (My daughter was at college when I was working, thus why I just worked in her room).
When it was time for waxing, as stated above, I simply used the buffer to do this. It was easy and saved my hands and elbows. You can simply use a cotton cloth to achieve the same effect.
Once finished, I added the handles back on and used paraffin wax on the drawer runners. In addition, I, put the drawer liners in to make it really pretty! There is no protocol I was just dolling it up for her!
I am so happy with the results and while I still have one more piece to go, the look of the room has changed dramatically and suddenly everything looks styled and the furniture looks right! Lavishly live DIY out loud, hit me up with any questions, and I would be glad to answer! ~ Dana XO