Let’s walk through painting furniture navy blue with chalk paint to get a perfectly smooth, professional-looking finish that will last!
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This is what the dresser looked like before I turned it into a navy blue painted dresser.
Supplies Used For Painting Furniture Navy Blue
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- Electric Screwdriver
- Krud Kutter and Damp Rag
- 220 Grit Sandpaper
- Tack Cloth
- Clear Shellac
- Painters Tape and Pre-Taped Plastic
- Peacoat Blue Chalk Paint
- Paint Sprayer
- Leather Pulls
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Prepare and Prime Dresser Before Painting
First, you gotta get the furniture prepared for paint. Here’s how I prepare furniture for paint.
Check out this post to learn more about how to clean furniture before painting.
Then I vacuumed up the dust, and check this out!
Alright, so after all the dust was cleaned up, we took the dresser out to the garage, and I sprayed it with 2 coats of clear shellac.
This helps the paint stick, but just as importantly, it blocks bleedthrough stains from coming through the paint and staining your paint.
Read this post to learn how to stop stains from coming through paint.
Shellac is really strong, so it’s really best to spray outside. I like to let it dry at least overnight before I paint over it, but it dries within minutes usually.
Read more about the best primers for painting furniture here!
Paint Dresser Navy Blue
So, after it was dry to the touch, I taped off the drawers with tape and plastic so I wouldn’t get paint inside the drawers, and so I can leave the drawers in when I spray.
Learn all about how to prevent overspray when painting furniture here!
The next day I put the paint into my paint sprayer. Check out this post to learn about the best HVLP paint sprayers for furniture.
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Then, out in the garage, we hung up some plastic and put the dresser on some 5-gallon buckets. I put on my respirator and then I sprayed 2 coats of paint, letting it dry to the touch between coats.
Here’s how to use the Fuji paint sprayer. I love how quickly chalk paint dries!
After the 2nd coat of paint, I noticed some dings that needed filled, so I filled those in and sanded them smooth. Learn about the best wood fillers for furniture here!
Then I opened the drawers and sprayed the top and sides of the drawer front with 2 coats of paint.
Topcoat Navy Blue Dresser
Then I cleaned out my sprayer. Read this post to learn how to clean a paint sprayer.
The biggest bummer about chalk paint is that it needs a clear topcoat. Check this post to learn more about the best topcoats for painting furniture.
So, while the sprayer dried, I mixed up some semi-gloss water-based topcoat. I mixed it really good to get it all mixed together well… that part is super important when using water-based poly.
I added a little bit of water to it, and then I cleaned off the dresser with a tack cloth to make sure there wasn’t any dust on my fresh paint.
And then I sprayed a coat of polyurethane and let it dry. Learn how to spray polyurethane here.
At this point it all felt kind of rough. So I lightly sanded it with 400 grit sandpaper to make the finish feel smooth. Then I cleaned off all of the dust, and sprayed 2 more coats of polyurethane.
Learn more about the best polyurethane for furniture here.
Attach New Hardware
For a fun twist, I put new leather pulls and gold knobs on…
Watch the 3-minute makeover of this dresser here:
And here’s what it looks like now.
More Before And After Makeovers
Click any of these “before” photos below to view the “after” of that makeover.
Have you ever seen a secret compartment inside a dresser like this??
It hides between the top 2 drawers and just is attached with a hinge, so it can twist all the way out, and you can put some little secret things in there. Pretty cool huh?
This one sold SO fast and went into a teen boy’s room. What do you think??
- Start preparing your furniture for paint. Remove hardware, clean with Krud Kutter and then scuff sand the entire surface by hand with 220 grit sandpaper. Vacuum all the dust.
- Spray 2 coats of shellac to your furniture. It's best to spray outside then let it dry at least overnight.
- Tape off the drawers with tape and plastic so no paint would get inside the drawers.
- Get your navy blue paint and mix it with some water to thin it out. Spray 2 coats of paint to furniture, letting it dry to the touch between coats.
- Clean off the dresser with a tack cloth to make sure there isn't any dust on the fresh paint. Then spray a coat of polyurethane and let it dry. Lightly sand with 400 grit sandpaper to make the finish feel smooth. Clean off all of the dust, and spray 2 more coats of polyurethane.
- Put new leather pulls to your navy blue dresser.
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