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Here’s what the dresser looked like before the grey chalk paint. These vintage modern dressers are just the best!
They are so sturdy and so well built, and those sleek modern lines are perfect for soo many different decor styles! Anyway, let’s dive into the makeover!
This dresser started out as the typical furniture find on Facebook Marketplace.
It was beat up, cosmetically damaged, and basically left to fall apart until the owner decided to list it for sale to “get rid of it.”
If you also want to toss out your unwanted furniture, check out some great ways on how to get rid of a dresser here.
Supplies Used for Grey Chalk Paint Dresser
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- Krud Kutter
- 220 Grit Sandpaper
- Dewalt Orbital Power Sander
- Stain Blocking Primer
- Paint Brush
- Behr Latex Paint
- Calcium Carbonate Powder
- Wagner Paint Sprayer
- Shop Vacuum
- Tack Cloth
- Waterbased Polyurethane
- Rub N Buff
- Country Chic Paint Hemp Oil
Prepare and Prime Dresser for Chalk Paint
First, I prepped it how I always do. Learn how to prepare furniture for paint here.
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This primer is a great stain blocking primer that is waterbased, so you can use it indoors without a bunch of fumes. Check out the best primers to stop tannin bleed here.
Paint Dresser with Grey Chalk Paint
Finally, it was time for some paint. I used Behr latex paint mixed to Sherwin William’s Iron Ore. It’s a beautiful dark grey color that has been very popular.
I turned it into homemade chalk paint with this homemade chalk paint recipe.
I like chalk paint better than latex paint because chalk paint sticks better, and when you sand it, it turns into a powder instead of balling up.
Either way, latex paint and chalk paint both need to be top coated for durability, so it’s a no-brainer for me when I’m looking for a budget-friendly paint for furniture.
Wondering what is chalk paint exactly and why it’s popular? Check out the blog post to learn more!
And then, I sprayed 2 coats of chalk paint with my paint sprayer for a smooth, even finish.
Here are tips and tricks on how to paint a dresser for a successful makeover.
Distress and Seal Grey Chalk Painted Dresser
Chalk paint has to be top coated with either polyurethane or wax if you want it to be durable and washable. Learn all about topcoats for painting furniture here.
So I sealed the paint in with multiple coats of my favorite waterbased polyurethane.
Just another great reason to love painting furniture with a paint sprayer. Spraying water based polyurethane is the best and easiest way to make water based polyurethane look perfect.
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Update and Paint Dresser Hardware
The hardware was updated with Rub N Buff, to give it that aged gold finish. This stuff is amazing to quickly update hardware. Just rub it on, and then buff it off.
Weird.. that’s what it’s called. ha! Learn another way to paint drawer pulls here.
To finish it off I brushed Country Chic Paint hemp oil inside the drawers to make the wood look fresh.
After it soaked into the wood for a couple of minutes, I wiped the excess oil off and let it dry for a few days.
This is such a great tip if your drawers have any scratches. It helps hide the scratches to create a final fresh new feel to used furniture.
You can also line the inside to protect the drawers and make them look prettier, check out the best material to line dresser drawers here. And if you ever change your mind, you can always get rid of it. Here’s how to remove contact paper from wood.
And here’s what the grey chalk paint dresser looks like now! Get more painted dresser ideas here!
Here are more inspirations for DIY 9 drawer dressers makeovers.
- Prepare your dresser for paint and do any repairs with Bondo. Then prime with a stain-blocking primer.
- Mix calcium carbonate powder with some water, then mix with grey latex paint together to make homemade chalk paint.
- Spray 2 coats of grey chalk paint onto the dresser. Once dry, lightly distress edges with 220 grit sandpaper. Then clean up the dust with a shop vacuum and a tack cloth.
- Seal in the chalk painted dresser with multiple coats of waterbased polyurethane.
- Update dresser hardware with Rub N Buff to give it that aged gold finish.
- To finish it off brush hemp oil inside the drawers to make the wood look fresh. After it soaks into the wood for a couple of minutes, wipe the excess oil off and let it dry for a few days.
More Grey Chalk Paint Furniture Makeovers
- Embossing Furniture
- Grey Painted Dressers
- Gray Chalk Painted End Tables
- Painting Furniture Grey
- Painted Hutch Makeover
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