Dark Green Dresser Makeover

Check out this before and after Dark Green Dresser Makeover with a vintage dresser and some green chalk paint!

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Vintage serpentine dresser before the makeover

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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Supplies Used:

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

For more details, visit our post on How to Prepare Furniture for Paint.

Clean

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.

Get the nitty-gritty details of cleaning furniture before painting here!

Scuff Sand

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.

Click here to learn more about the importance of sanding before painting furniture.

You don’t want to sand through the old finish, but you do want to lightly sand it, enough to remove the shine.

Vacuum

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 vacuum 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.

Make Repairs

Most old furniture has some sort of repair that needs to be addressed.

I might be a little weird, but making repairs to furniture is one of my favorite things to do!

This dresser in particular needed some veneer fixed before we could move on to the next step.

Here’s a great resource I have put together that shares exactly how to fix the damage on these old pieces of furniture.

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.

Primed dresser ready for paint

Anyway, the primer that I use is clear shellac.

It’s actually not advertised as a primer, and it’s usually used as a top coat, but it’s really an amazing primer to block bleed-through issues!

So, I sprayed on 2 coats of the clear shellac primer and then let it dry overnight before I painted over it.

Read more about the best primer for painting furniture here!

Paint

The next day I painted the dresser with 3 coats of this deep green chalk by Country Chic Paint paint called Hollow Hill.

I personally love to use a paint sprayer to paint my furniture.

Check out this post to learn how to use a paint sprayer.

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!)

Spraying chalk paint on dresser
Dresser painted in green chalk paint

I also distressed the chalk paint a little bit after the last coat of paint.

If you love the distressing, here are 6 ways to distress painted furniture.

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.

Learn all about the different types of topcoats and different methods to apply them here!

One of my very favorite ways to topcoat furniture is by spraying it on with a paint sprayer.

Here are my best tips for how to spray polyurethane.

New Hardware

After the topcoat was dry, I replaced the old knobs with these dark round knobs.

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!

side angle of Dark green painted dresser
side angle of Green painted dresser
Green chalk painted dresser
Green painted dresser makeover

Dark Green Dresser Makeover

dark green painted dresser

This vintage serpentine dresser was painted with green chalk paint. Here are the steps for the dark green dresser makeover.

Instructions

  1. Clean, scuff sand, vacuum off the dust and make repairs to prepare the furniture for paint.
  2. Prime with clear shellac to prevent bleedthrough.
  3. Apply 3 coats of green chalk paint. Distress a little bit once dry.
  4. Spray 3 coats of waterbased polyurethane.
  5. Add new hardware.

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