Step by step, how to paint a dresser with green chalk paint and how to paint furniture without brush marks. You’ve gotta see this stunning dark green chalk painted dresser makeover!
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Today I’m sharing this modern dresser makeover with chalk paint. This is what the dresser looked like before.
We picked it up from an ad on Facebook Marketplace and it was in pretty good condition other than a damaged corner.
Supplies Used For This Dark Green Chalk Painted Dresser
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- Electric Screwdriver to remove hardware
- KwikWood to fill in hardware holes
- Disposable Vinyl Gloves
- Wood Filler
- 3×4 Vacuum Compatible SurfPrep Sander (Use code RAY10 to get 10% off your order!)
- Foam Pads
- Krud Kutter Cleaner Degreaser
- Shop Vac
- Tack Cloth
- Clear Shellac
- Country Chic Paint – Hollow Hill
- Zibra Round Brush
- Varathane Water Based Polyurethane
- Fuji Q4 Paint Sprayer
- DIY Leather Pulls
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Prep Dresser for Chalk Paint
First I removed the old hardware with my electric screwdriver. I planned to clean up the hardware and put it back on, so I didn’t fill in all of the hardware holes.
Read this post to learn how to clean old furniture hardware.
But one of the top drawer pulls was broken so I filled in the holes on the top drawer so then I could put new hardware on the top drawer.
Fill Holes in Drawers
I filled them in with KwikWood, my favorite product to fill hardware holes and repair damage. Read more in this post about filling holes when replacing cabinet or furniture hardware.
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It’s a two-part epoxy that’s the consistency of clay. It dries hard in about an hour, and it doesn’t shrink and crack like most wood fillers do.
While I had it out, I shaped it around the broken corner to fill in the missing wood. Check out this post to learn more about how to use KwikWood.
Clean and Scuff Sand Dresser
While I waited for the KwikWood to dry, I cleaned the whole dresser with Krud Kutter and an old damp rag to get rid of any dirt, oil or grime that was on it.
I don’t want any of those things to interfere with the paint being able to stick to the dresser. Read this post to learn more about how to clean furniture before painting.
After the KwikWood was dry, I sanded the KwikWood down smooth and to a better shape. Then I scuff sanded the rest of the dresser, with a fine sandpaper pad just to remove the shine.
Read all the details of sanding before painting furniture in this post.
Prime Dresser to Prevent Bleed Through
Even though I’m using chalk paint on this dresser, I still like to prime before painting.
Not necessarily to help the paint stick, because this chalk paint will stick to a scuff sanded wood surface pretty well on its own.
But I like to prime to prevent bleed through stains from showing up in my paint. Bleed through is only really prevented by using the right kind of primer, and a shellac-based primer is my go-to for blocking it.
I sprayed two coats of shellac all over the dresser, letting it dry for at least an hour in between coats, and then overnight before I painted.
Read this post to learn more about the best primers for painting furniture.
Paint Dresser With Dark Green Chalk Paint
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Avoid Brush Marks
I poured it into a separate container and added a little bit of water to it to thin it out a little bit, because Country Chic Paint, and chalk paint in general is pretty thick stuff.
Adding some water helps prevent some brush marks, because it makes the paint take a little bit longer to dry.
Honestly, I LOVE spraying paint with my paint sprayer instead of brushing it on, but this time I just wanted to use my paintbrush. Check out this post to learn about painting furniture with a sprayer.
But, I really don’t like brush marks on my furniture, so I still tried to do what I could to minimize them. Learn all about how to paint furniture without brush marks here!
I worked in smaller sections and tried to brush it with long brush strokes, from edge to edge, before moving to the next section.
I pulled out the drawers so I could paint all sides of them, and just painted really carefully on the edges so I didn’t get paint on the drawer boxes.
When everything was painted with one coat, I wrapped my brush with plastic wrap to keep it from drying out in between coats.
And then I let the paint dry. It only took about an hour before I could paint the second coat.
This paint has pretty good coverage and needed only 2 coats to get full coverage, even after I thinned it out.
Sand Away Any Brush Marks
After the second coat was dry, I sanded everything to help remove any brush marks that were made.
This is also a great time to create a distressed look. Learn all about the 6 best distressing furniture techniques here!
Then I removed all of the dust and I lightly brushed some more paint on the areas that needed more paint.
Topcoat Dark Green Chalk Painted Dresser
Then I sprayed 3 coats of poly all over the dresser, letting it dry for a few hours in between coats. Check this post to learn more about the best topcoats for painting furniture.
I scuff sanded lightly between coats of poly with fine grit sanding pads to help the finish feel silky smooth.
Attach New DIY Leather Pulls
After the poly was all dry, I started to put the original, cleaned-up hardware back on. But I just wasn’t feeling it. So, I switched gears and made new DIY leather pulls for the drawers.
You can get more details on how I make these leather pulls in my DIY leather drawer pulls video that I’ll link here.
The only difference is that I made them into handles, with two screws instead of just one.
The old hardware holes were 5.5” apart, and I cut the leather at about 7.5” so the leather would bend out enough to be able to grab onto.
Watch the full makeover here!
Now you’re ready to enjoy your new chalk painted dresser! Check out more painted dresser ideas here.
More Before And After Makeovers
Click any of these “before” photos below to view the “after” of that makeover.
- Remove dresser hardware and fill hardware holes. Repair any damage as well.
- While waiting for the filler to dry, clean the whole dresser to get rid of any dirt, oil or grime that is on it.
- Now when the filler dries, sand it down smooth and to a better shape. Then scuff sand the rest of the dresser to remove the shine.
- Prime the dresser to prevent bleedthrough stains from coming through paint. Spray 2 coats of shellac all over the dresser, letting it dry for at least an hour in between coats, and then overnight before painting.
- Get your dark green chalk paint, pour it into a separate container and add a little bit of water to it to thin it out a little bit. Apply 2 coats of paint to the dresser. Let the first coat dry before painting the second.
- After the second coat dries, sand everything to help remove any brush marks that were made. This is also a great time to distress your dresser.
- Topcoat with 3 coats of poly all over the dresser, letting it dry for a few hours in between coats. Scuff sand lightly between coats of poly to help the finish feel silky smooth.
- Attach new leather pulls to your dark green painted dresser.
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