Teal Painted Highboy Dresser

Check out this teal painted highboy dresser makeover with chalk paint and gel stain! Here’s a kind of unique and really fun way to paint your old dresser.

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antique tall dresser before getting a paint dipped look.

This dresser started out pretty drab and definitely needed a face lift.

I’ve been drooling over the paint dipped furniture look and this chest of drawers was perfect for it!

There is something beautiful about combining wood and paint, especially when the paint color is an ever-so-popular teal.

closeup of antique highboy dresser before getting painted

Supplies Used for this teal painted highboy dresser

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Painted Highboy Dresser

I started out with a little bit of prep work, since I always want the most durable long-lasting finish.

You can learn all about How to Prepare Furniture For Painting here!

Then I refreshed the top portion of the dresser with some java gel stain, and sealed it off with an oil based polyurethane.

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top of the highboy dresser taped off with plastic

Once the top portion was completely dry (about 24-48 hours depending on the climate) I taped off the top, making sure to measure and use a level for a straight, even line all the way around.

I used basic blue painters tape and made sure the tape was completely sealed to create a crisp edge.

Then I taped on plastic and some craft paper to protect the top from overspray.

Read this post to learn more about How to Prevent Overspray When Painting Furniture.

I created a stunning custom color of Country Chic Paint for the bottom by mixing about 1 part Jitterbug to 4 parts Happy Hour.

Both colors are absolutely beautiful on their own, but I was looking for a slightly deeper color than Happy Hour, and mixing them made up the perfect shade.

I sprayed on a few coats of paint with our paint sprayer, (have I mentioned how much I love our paint sprayer??)  then let it all dry.

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I lightly distressed all of the edges with 220 grit sandpaper, wiped it all down, and sprayed on 2 coats of Poly for extra durability.

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Finally, I was able to remove the tape and plastic to reveal the most beautiful “dipped” teal dresser.

For the finishing touch, I updated the hardware to new acrylic knobs from D. Lawless Hardware to complete the vintage modern feel.

closeup of finished painted highboy dresser with stained top

Teal Painted Highboy Dresser

Vintage Highboy Dresser painted in Country Chic Paint with a Stained Dipped Top and Crystal Knobs by A Ray of Sunlight

Give your old furniture a fun and unique look with chalk paint and gel stain. Here's how to DIY a painted highboy dresser.


  1. Prep your furniture for paint.
  2. Wipe on some gel stain to the top portion of the dresser.
  3. Seal the stain with an oil based polyurethane.
  4. Cover the top portion of the dresser to protect it from overspray.
  5. Apply a few coats of paint.
  6. Lightly distress the edges with sandpaper.
  7. Seal with 2 coats of waterbased polyurethane.
  8. Add new knobs and enjoy!

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teal painted antique tall dresser with arylic clear knobs and a wood top

More Before And After Makeovers

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Mixing paint colors can open up a whole new world of possibilities, especially for those wanting completely unique pieces.

I’m so glad we took the leap to create a fun new color from two already stunning colors.

Do you like the dipped furniture look? 

closeup of bottom drawers and the side details of the highboy dresser

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One Comment

  1. That’s actually something that I am planning on doing soon! Funny how you mentioned it while I’m trying to figure out what piece I can do it on. haha

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