Painting furniture is a great way to add a personalized touch to your furniture Here’s a great grey painted dressers idea if you’re looking for an easy and affordable way to give your dresser a makeover.
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This tutorial will walk you through the steps for how to transform two different dressers with homemade chalk paint and glaze. Keep reading for more information!
Supplies Used for Grey Painted Dressers
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- Electric Screwdriver
- Krud Kutter and An Old Rag
- 220 Grit Sandpaper
- Shop Vacuum and Tack Cloth
- Clear Shellac
- Behr Latex Paint tinted to Urbane Bronze from Sherwin Williams
- Calcium Carbonate Powder
- Paint Filters
- Wagner Double Duty Paint Sprayer
- Waterbased Polyurethane
- Black Glaze
- Cheap Paint Brush
- Lint Free Rags
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Prepping Before Painting Dressers
Before you start painting, there are some important steps you should take to ensure that the paint looks its best when it’s finished.
First, remove all of the hardware from the dresser. I love my little electric screwdriver for this. It makes it so easy and painless.
Painting Dressers with Chalk Paint
Now that the prep work is out of the way, it’s time to get started on painting your dresser! Check out more painted dresser ideas here.
Alternatively, you can use BB Frosch Paint Transformer Powder to make chalk paint from latex paint. It is amazing and much better than my homemade chalk paint recipe.
Check out my honest BB Frosch Paint Transformer Review to learn more about the features, and pros and cons of this product.
Since the other dresser has existing paint, you might want to visit our guide on how to repaint a dresser for more tips.
Here are tips and tricks on how to paint a dresser for a successful makeover.
**Update: I’ve tried a lot of sprayers since I painted these dressers. Here’s my list of the best HVLP paint sprayers for furniture.
Sealing Chalk Paint with Polyurethane
Once you have applied two coats of paint, it’s time to seal it with waterbased polyurethane. This will protect the paint from scratches and dirt while also giving it an extra shine.
But, since I wanted to add some black glaze over the chalk paint, the coat of waterbased polyurethane was used to help the glaze not soak into the paint too fast.
I sprayed a coat or two of the waterbased polyurethane onto the dressers with my paint sprayer. Learn how to spray polyurethane here.
Glazing Over Chalk Paint
If you want your finished product to have an extra pop of depth and detail, consider adding a black glaze over the chalk paint.
Check out my comparison between glaze vs wax over chalk paint to learn more.
To learn more about how this technique works, check out our YouTube video on glazing over chalk paint below!
Learn more about how to glaze over chalk paint here!
Sealing the Glaze
Once you have added the glaze, seal your glaze with waterbased polyurethane so that the glaze doesn’t easily get scratched or ruined over time.
Then let everything dry before enjoying your grey painted dressers! We painted the hardware in the same finish as the dresser, removing the hardware and painting them separately.
More Before And After Makeovers
Click any of these “before” photos below to view the “after” of that makeover.
Glazing furniture is the perfect way to bring out the character and add even more charm to the finish. I couldn’t be happier with these mismatched nightstands!
Learn more about the finishing touches of painting furniture here.
Does Chalk Paint Have to Be Sealed?
Applying a coating of waterbased polyurethane when you finish painting with chalk paint is an important step for any DIY project. Here’s how to apply polycrylic to painted furniture.
Chalk paint has a matte, porous finish that can easily get dirty and stains from spills may be impossible to remove if left unsealed.
Taking the time to seal your painted surface not only enhances the look but also makes it washable and more durable.
With just one extra step in the process, you can be sure that after all your hard work, your project will last and you won’t be frustrated by dirt and messes.
Learn more about topcoats for painting furniture here.
How to Paint Furniture without Brush Marks
Painting furniture without leaving brush marks doesn’t have to mean splurging on a paint sprayer.
If the paint you are using is water-based, thin it out with 5-10% of water before brushing it onto the furniture in thin layers.
This approach will give you a nice finish, free of brush marks – and all without having to break the bank! Learn more tips for how to paint furniture without brush marks here.
Whether you’ve been wanting to repurpose old furniture or just add some color and texture into your home decor, painting furniture is one of the most fun ways to do so!
And by following these easy steps for how to paint a grey painted dresser you now have all of the necessary tools for creating something timeless that can be enjoyed for years to come.
- Remove the dresser's old hardware. Then clean the dresser with a degreaser and lightly sand. Clean up the dust with a shop vacuum and a tack cloth.
- Prime with two coats to prep for paint and prevent any bleedthrough while painting.
- Mix latex paint with some calcium carbonate powder to turn it into homemade chalk paint.
- Apply 2 coats of paint onto the dresser.
- Seal the paint with two coats of waterbased poly. This will protect the paint from scratches and dirt while also giving it an extra shine.
- Glaze over the chalk paint to add depth and detail.
- Topcoat the glaze with some more waterbased polyurethane so that the glaze doesn’t easily get scratched or ruined over time.
- Attach new hardware and enjoy!
More Grey Painted Furniture Makeovers
- Grey Chalk Paint Dresser
- The Chippy Gray Milk Paint Dresser
- Painting Furniture Grey
- Painted Hutch Makeover
- DIY Modern Grey Dresser
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