Turn your old dresser into something you will love with this step by step tutorial on how to paint furniture with chalk paint, and how to glaze over chalk paint! Here’s the Blue Painted Dresser Makeover!
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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!
Let’s dive in!
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Supplies Used for Blue Painted Dresser Makeover:
- 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 Glazing
- 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.
If you have to remove the veneer, learn how to remove veneer here.
If your furniture has chipped veneer that needs filled in, this is the best way to repair chipped veneer!
How to Prep for 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!
First, clean your furniture with a grease / oil cutting cleaner. I like to use Krud Kutter.
Check out other options for cleaning furniture before 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!
Simply scuff sand with 220 grit sandpaper(this sandpaper is the BEST kind!). Rub it all over the dresser, making sure that it removes all of the shine.
Click here 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.
Then remove the dust with a vacuum hose attachment and/or a damp lint-free rag.
For the best dust removal, I like to use these tack cloths! They pick up all the dust and don’t leave any lint behind!
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!)
I always give my furniture two coats of clear shellac to combat that mess.
Shellac and strong oil-based primers are the only way to really stop the bleed-through.
Learn more about how to get rid of bleed-through here!
So take your furniture outside, spray a coat or two of clear shellac on, and wait about an hour to paint.
*Bonus! Shellac will help your chalk paint adhere even better!!
*Bonus 2.0! Since it’s clear, you can distress your paint and not see ugly white primer underneath!
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 Furniture Navy Blue
Okay, finally, we can move on to the paint!
I mixed two colors to get this stunning blue chalk paint!
Check out this makeover on painting furniture navy blue, using Peacoat without mixing it with Jitterbug.
I used my cheap little Wagner Double Duty Paint Sprayer to paint on 2 coats, but you can use a paintbrush!
If I have to use a paintbrush, I choose these Zibra paintbrushes (the round one is my favorite for furniture!)
Here is a list of The Best Paint Brushes for Painting Furniture
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!
How to Glaze Over Chalk Paint
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 poly creates a surface that is perfect for glaze!
Seal the Chalk Paint
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 poly fry 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.
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 its not much.)
First Coat of Glaze
Simply brush the glaze all over with a cheap paint brush. Make sure to really get it in any details, corners, and crevices.
Work in small sections (like one drawer, or side of the dresser).
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 its 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.)
Second Coat of Glaze
For the second coat, I find myself “dry brushing” the glaze on.
I get a tiny 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.
Seal the Glaze
After the glaze, I spray three more coats of my favorite water-based poly.
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!
Learn ALL of my tips and tricks on How to Spray Polyurethane here!
I hope that all makes sense! If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below!
- Prep the dresser for paint.
- Paint 2-3 coats of chalk paint.
- Seal the chalk paint with poly,
- Glaze over the chalk paint with a cheap paint brush, then use baby wipes to wipe off the glaze before it dries.
- Seal the glaze with 2-3 coats of poly.
- Paint and attach new hardware.
- Admire your work!
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