Have you been searching for the perfect way to give your bedroom furniture a beautiful transformation? Look no further than this DIY blue dresser makeover! With just a few simple steps, you can transform a basic painted dresser into an eye-catching navy blue chalk paint dresser that is sure to be the envy of your friends. We’ll provide you with all the tips and tricks to get this unique blue painted dresser look.
Get more blue painted furniture ideas here!
Can you believe that we picked this dresser up for free from Facebook Marketplace? It was in rough condition when we picked it up, but these are my favorite makeovers!
Turn your old dresser into something you will love with this step-by-step tutorial on how to chalk paint furniture! Let’s dive in!
Supplies Used for Blue Painted Dresser
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- Vintage Empire Dresser
- Sandpaper to prep for paint
- Clear Shellac to prep for paint
- Paint Sprayer or Paint Brush
- Country Chic Paint in Peacoat
- Country Chic Paint in Jitterbug
- My Favorite Polyurethane
- Country Chic Paint Graphite Glaze
- Cheap Paint Brush for glaze
- Vinyl Gloves for glaze
- Baby Wipes for glaze
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How Much Paint Do You Need?
You can paint a dresser about this size with less than one pint of paint. I don’t think that the sample sizes would be enough, even when you use both colors.
You shouldn’t need any more than a sample size of the glaze though! (Glaze goes very far!) One can of shellac should be enough as well.
Repairing Damaged Veneer
This dresser needed a lot of extra attention before I could start painting! Look at that top left drawer!
The veneer had to be removed on the top drawers. And then filled in, in other areas. Want to repair without painting furniture? Learn how to repair chipped veneer furniture here.
We also love this technique for wood stain repairs where you don’t need to restain the whole surface after you fix the damage.
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Prepping Dresser for Blue Paint
I know this is the step that always gets skipped over. But it’s honestly super important, even if you use chalk paint!
Even though most chalk paint says that it will adhere to anything. Trust me, and don’t believe it.
Spend ten to fifteen minutes on a little bit of prep work so your newly painted furniture can last a long time! Read more about how to prepare furniture for painting here!
If your furniture has any slickness or shine to it, it MUST be scuff sanded (this should only take a few minutes) so then your paint has something to hold onto.
Otherwise, the paint can easily scratch off, or even peel off!
Rub it all over the dresser, making sure that it removes all of the shine. Check out this post to learn more about the importance of sanding before painting furniture.
If you don’t want to scuff sand by hand, here are the best sanders for furniture.
I know chalk paint says that you don’t need to prime. But, they don’t tell you about bleed-through issues you will most likely have if you don’t.
Bleed through is a nasty bugger that shows up as little stains in your paint. No matter how many coats of paint you put on, they will just keep showing up.
And when you seal your chalk paint, they get even worse! (Just when you think you’re done with your project!)
*Bonus! Shellac will help your chalk paint adhere even better!!
*Bonus 2.0! Since it’s clear, you can distress your painted furniture and not see ugly white primer underneath!
Spraying clear shellac is also one of the tricks on how to get rid of smoke smell in furniture and other unpleasant odors, especially if you got your piece from a thrift store.
Learn more about how to get rid of bleed-through and how to stop stains from coming through paint here!
If you’re painting laminate furniture, you need to use a specific primer to really ensure that your paint will stick. Check out how to paint laminate furniture here.
Painting Dresser Navy Blue
One amazing thing about chalk paint is how fast it dries! Make sure to let your paint dry between coats. This is what it looked like after the paint was dry. (And a couple of coats of poly!)
There’s something missing huh? Yep! I put a black glaze over the chalk paint!
Glazing Over Chalk Painted Dresser
Now onto the big question, how to glaze over chalk paint?
Need to SEE how to glaze? Check out this video on how I glaze over chalk paint.
Chalk paint is very porous, so the second you put a glaze right on top of the chalk paint, the glaze will soak right in. Trust me, it’s not pretty!
You need to be able to move the glaze around to create this look!
The trick to glazing over chalk paint is to seal the chalk paint with poly before glazing. Water-based polyurethane creates a surface that is perfect for glaze!
Seal Chalk Painted Dresser
The first step is to seal the chalk paint with one to two coats of water-based poly (the best stuff!)
You need to make sure you completely cover the chalk paint so the glaze doesn’t soak into the chalk paint. Then you need to let the polyurethane dry for at least 24 hours.
Otherwise, all the moisture from the glaze and wiping it around will lift up the chalk paint and make it very easy to scratch off. Learn all about different topcoats for painted furniture here!
How to Glaze Painted Furniture
I like to apply two coats of glaze.
- First, the base coat. Basically, I like to get a nice even layer all over.
- After the first coat is completely dry, I add extra glaze in the corners to create some shadowing.
I also like mixing a little water into my glaze so it doesn’t dry as fast. (I don’t measure how much water, but it’s not much.)
I like to brush it on thicker so it doesn’t dry as fast. I also don’t let the glaze sit for more than 20-30 seconds.
Use baby wipes to wipe off the glaze. Wipe in long passes that go the same direction as the wood grain did. And try to make it not look streaky. Learn more about how to glaze over chalk paint here.
Remember, you can easily add more glaze, but you can’t remove it once it’s dry. (You’ll need to paint over it, and basically start over.)
Every single time I start glazing a piece of furniture, it takes me a little bit to get back into the groove of it. But it gets easier as you go!
When you’re happy with the base layer, let it dry completely! (Brushing on more glaze while the first coat of glaze is wet will lift up the first coat of glaze.)
For the second coat, I find myself “dry brushing” the glaze on. I get a teeny tiny amount of glaze onto the tip of my brush, then I dab it onto a paper towel to get rid of excess paint.
Then I lightly brush the glaze on in the corners and feather it out a bit.
If I put too much on, I quickly wipe it off and try again. If I don’t put enough on, I get a little bit more glaze and dry brush a little bit more in that area.
When you’re happy with it, let it dry completely. Check out my comparison between glaze vs wax over chalk paint to learn more.
Seal the Glaze
The poly helps protect the paint and glaze from getting scratched and helps give it a sheen (so you can easily wipe down the dresser). You can brush the poly on if you don’t have a sprayer!
I hope that all makes sense! If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below!
More Glazed Furniture Makeovers
Want more ideas for glazed furniture? Here are more of our furniture makeovers that have glaze on them! You’re sure to find something that gives you the inspiration you’re looking for.
- Grey Painted Dressers
- DIY Emerald Green Dresser
- Teal Blue Tall Dresser
- How to Create a Weathered Wood Gray Finish
- How to Turn a Dresser to TV Stand
- French Provincial Nightstands Makeover
- Antiqued Blue Farmhouse Buffet
- Painting Furniture Gold
Now, here’s the after of this dreamy blue dresser makeover in its fully glory. What do you think??
More Before And After Makeovers
Click any of these “before” photos below to view the “after” of that makeover.
- Check your dresser for any damaged and chipped veneers and repair them. Remove any hardware, clean the dresser with Krud Kutter, and if your furniture has any slickness or shine to it, scuff scand it so your paint has something to hold onto. Remove all the dust with a vacuum and tack cloth.
- To avoid bleed through issues, prime the dresser with 2 coats of clear shellac.
- Get your blue chalk paint of choice and apply 2 coats. Make sure to let your paint dry between coats.
- Now, seal the chalk painted dresser with 1-2 coats of water based polyurethane. Make sure to completely cover the chalk paint so the glaze you're going to apply next doesn’t soak into the chalk paint. Let the polyurethane dry for at least 24 hours.
- Apply a base coat of glaze all over the dresser. After the first coat is completely dry, add extra glaze in the corners to create some shadowing. Don’t let the glaze sit for more than 20-30 seconds and use baby wipes to wipe off the glaze.
- Let the glaze dry completely before sealing it with 3 more coats of water based poly.
- Add hardware back to the dresser.
More Blue Furniture Makeovers
- Light Blue Painted Furniture
- Blue Chalk Paint Coffee Table
- Turning a Dresser into a TV Stand
- Antique Desk Makeover
- Corner Cabinet Makeover
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