Check out this before and after Dark Green Dresser Makeover with a vintage dresser and some green chalk paint!
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Here’s what the dresser looked like before!
I just love these old curvy dressers!
They are small enough to fit in almost any room, and the curves make this piece stand out!
Here’s the step by step process of how we painted this dresser with green chalk paint.
Dark Green Dresser Makeover
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- Krud Kutter Cleaner Degreaser
- 220 Grit Sandpaper
- Shop Vac with Hose and Brush Attachment
- Tack Cloth
- Clear Shellac
- Hollow Hill Chalk Paint (Use Code below to get 10% off your order!)
- Fuji Q4 Paint Sprayer
- Paint Filters
- The Best Waterbased Topcoat
- New Hardware
How to DIY a Deep Green Painted Dresser
- Prep the Dresser for Paint
- Topcoat the Paint
- New Hardware
Step One: Prep the Dresser for Paint
First and foremost, prepping for paint is super important to make a paint job on any piece of furniture look good, but also last a long time.
I know it’s so easy to want to skip right to the paint, but man oh man, whenever I have skipped the prep, I always regretted it!
How to Prepare Furniture For Paint
- Clean with a cleaner / degreaser ( I love Krud Kutter for this!)
- Scuff Sand (shouldn’t take more than a few minutes)
- Vaccuum off the dust (and the dust bunnies that are most likely under the dresser)
- Make Repairs
Dirt, grime, oil and grease don’t get along with any type of paint.
So if you want the paint to really stick, you’ll want to remove them.
A good cleaner like Krud Kutter can easily cut through grease and grime and leave you with a nice clean surface.
I personally like to spray Krud Kutter on all over and wipe off all of the grime with a damp old rag.
And then I like to wipe the whole piece down again with a clean rag to make sure I got everything off.
Scuff sanding is just lightly sanding the surface to create a surface that the paint can really grab onto.
Seriously, scuff sanding can be a really quick process with 220 grit sandpaper to lightly scuff up the old finish on your furniture.
It’s especially important on slick and shiny furniture, but every single piece of furniture can benefit from a quick scuff sanding.
You don’t want to sand through the old finish, but you do want to lightly sand it, enough to remove the shine.
And then the easiest way to remove the dust that you created from scuff sanding is with a shop vac with a hose and brush.
The vaccuum sucks up most of the dust in all the details
And then I use a tack cloth to wipe off the rest of the dust that gets left behind.
You can also use a damp lint free rag to wipe up any remaining dust, but it definitely doesn’t pick up the leftover dust like a tack cloth does.
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Step Two: Prime
Even though we’re using chalk paint on this dresser, I still like to prime before painting.
Not necessarily to make the paint stick better, though the primer does help.
The primer that I use on almost every single makeover is a primer that will prevent bleedthrough issues from staining the paint.
Bleed through shows up in your paint job (sometimes not even until you topcoat the paint!) with splotchy red, brown or yellow stains.
Anyway, the primer that I use is clear shellac.
It’s actually not marketed as a primer, and it’s usually used as a topcoat, but it’s really an amazing primer to block bleedthrough issues!
So, I sprayed on 2 coats of the clear shellac primer and then let it dry overnight before I painted over it.
Step Three: Paint
The next day I painted the dresser with 3 coats of the deep green chalk paint called Hollow Hill.
I personally love to use a paint sprayer to paint my furniture.
This specific paint sprayer that I used on this dresser though is the Fuji Q4 sprayer. Here’s my review on the Fuji Q4 paint sprayer. (spoiler alert: I’m in love with it!)
I also distressed the chalk paint a little bit after the last coat of paint.
Step Four: Topcoat the Paint
Then I put my very favorite topcoat in my paint sprayer and sprayed 3 coats of it onto the dresser, letting the topcoat dry in between coats.
Step Five: New Hardware
After the topcoat was dry, I replaced the old knobs with these dark round knobs.
Step Six: Enjoy!
Now it’s ready to enjoy!
I make extra sure to not put anything on our painted furniture for a day or two, and then I am super extra careful with it for a month, until the paint and topcoat have a chance to completely cure.
Here’s what the dresser looks like now!
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