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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.
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/ Foam Sandpaper Use code RAY10 to get 10% off your order
- 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
How to Chalk Paint a Dresser
- Prep for Paint
- Prevent Bleed Through
- Paint with Chalk Paint
- Sand Away Brush Marks
- Topcoat the Chalk Paint
- Attach New Hardware
Step One: Prep for 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.
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.
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I filled them in with KwikWood, my favorite product to fill hardware holes and repair damage.
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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.
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.
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.
I used my shopvac with the hose and brush attachment to remove most of the dust that was left behind, then a tack cloth to pick up the rest of the dust.
Step Two: 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 it’s 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.
Clear shellac is specifically my go to primer to prevent bleed through. I use it on almost everything!
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.
Step Three: Paint with Chalk Paint
Then I was finally ready to paint!
I picked out this gorgeous deep, moody green from Country Chic Paint called Hollow Hill.
Avoiding 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.
I brushed the paint on all over with my favorite round paint brush from Zibra.
Honestly, I LOVE spraying paint with my paint sprayer instead of brushing it on, but this time I just wanted to use my paint brush.
But, I really don’t like brush marks on my furniture, so I still tried to do what I could to minimize them.
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.
Step Four: Sand Away 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.
Then I removed all of the dust and I lightly brushed some more paint on the areas that needed more paint.
Step Five: Topcoat the Chalk Paint
And then I used my tried and true method of top coating chalk paint.
I filtered the water based poly into my paint sprayer and added a tiny bit of water to thin it out a little bit.
Then I sprayed 3 coats of poly all over the dresser, letting it dry for a few hours in between coats.
I scuff sanded lightly between coats of poly with fine grit sanding pads to help the finish feel silky smooth.
Step Six: Attach New Hardware
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.
Now you’re ready to enjoy your new chalk painted dresser!
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