The Teal Painted Dresser Makeover

Update your old worn-out antique dresser with some fun teal chalk paint! This teal painted dresser is the perfect teal – not too bright and in your face, and it has the perfect mix of blue to green. So you can paint your old furniture and use it in any room in your home!

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I was in love with this dresser from the moment I saw it listed on a buy, trade, sell online group.

We had a heck of a time getting it home, and ended up asking the person selling it to deliver it to our home. That was after we tried and tried to fit it into our car. haha!

But that’s how badly I wanted it!

Tall Antique Dresser Before Dark Teal Paint

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Fixing the Missing Trim

If you look closely at the before photo, you can see that some of the bead detailing on the drawers were missing and there were some chips and damage in the wood.

I thought about making more of the beading by making a mold of the old detailing.

And then on second thought, I wasn’t sure that I was up for all of that work with tiny details.

So I moved on to plan B.

Which was pretty simple.

I removed the beading on the third drawer by carefully prying it off where tiny little nails were holding it on. A super thin putty knife is perfect for this.

Then I filled in the missing beading on the 2nd and 4th drawer with the beading I had just removed from the 3rd drawer.

I cut the beading down with plyers, sanded it down a bit, and then glued it in place with wood glue.

Easy peasy!!

When working with old furniture, don’t be afraid to mix things up a bit! If you don’t like the detailed trimming, you can usually easily remove it!

Closeup of Tall Antique Dresser Before Dark Teal Paint

Supplies for the Teal Painted Dresser

The Teal Paint

Once the beading was fixed and the chips were repaired it was time to move on to painting the dresser! Yay!!

For this dresser, we used Jitterbug from Country Chic Paint’s eco-friendly paint line. Thank goodness it only took half a pint of paint so I can use it for another project! 

Country Chic Paint offers high-quality no VOC chalk-style paint. They have some of the very best colors and the best part is that all of their products are eco-friendly!

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Closeup of Chalk Painted Teal Dresser with Original Hardware

How to Paint a Dresser

Before I painted, I made sure to prep the dresser for paint with a few simple steps. I know that it’s tempting to skip prep and just start painting, but if you want your paint to actually stick and last a long time, you definitely need to prep the dresser for paint.

More on prepping furniture for a long lasting finish here

I sprayed two coats of Jitterbug on the entire piece with my absolute favorite little Wagner paint sprayer.

I love love love my sprayer and have a few articles (and videos) on how to use it. It’s so easy and so affordable it will blow your mind! 

Check out the Best Wagner Paint Sprayers for Furniture here.

Teal Painted Dresser in Progress

After the paint was dry, I lightly distressed all of the edges and details and then sealed it with three coats of my favorite Varathane Polyurethane.

Chalk-style paint has to be sealed for it to be durable and wipeable. Otherwise, it will act kind of like a chalkboard. Which is great, until you spill something on it and need to wipe it off.

Wax and chalk-style paint have gone together since the beginning of chalk paint, but in my experience, it’s harder to apply, and it isn’t quite as durable.

Side view of Teal Painted Dresser

I personally like to spray my polyurethane with my paint sprayer. But you can brush it as well.

Learn ALL of my tips and tricks on How to Spray Polyurethane here!

Country Chic Paint actually makes a painting sponge that is perfect for applying polyurethane. Just remember to not overbrush it (don’t go over it more than 2 times).

The finished product came out perfect and I cannot wait to paint another piece in Jitterbug!

Learn more about how to paint furniture here!

After - Teal Painted Antique Dresser

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The Teal Painted Dresser Makeover

The Teal Painted Dresser Makeover

Give your old worn-out furniture with some fun teal chalk paint! Here's how to recreate this teal painted dresser.


  1. Clean the furniture to prep for paint.
  2. Apply 2 coats of chalk paint.
  3. Once dry, lightly distress the edges.
  4. Seal everything with 3 coats of waterbased polyurethane.
  5. Enjoy!!

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  1. Dana Shaw says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I was wanting not to like it since I liked the wood before shot. However I love it and would love it in my home. Great job

    1. Shelly Garie says:

      You can buy 3/16 inch dowels, tape them onto the top of a 2×4, clamp them onto a vice, take a palm or orbital sander and sand them to a half round. Then wood glue them onto the missing trim areas. It did this with my similar dresser and you can’t tell where I replaced the trim.

  2. Bernadette says:

    Beautiful piece of work, great idea with the beading trick, going to purchase a can of teal chalk paint

  3. Nancy Murphy says:

    What a great color, and the beading added a lot. Good idea to leave it off of one drawer. It might have been too much otherwise.

    1. Thank you so very much Nancy!

  4. Lisa Marie ? says:

    It’s absolutely gorgeous! ?

    1. Thank you so very much!!

  5. This piece of furniture is beautiful! You did a fantastic job! Just wondering if the middle drawer is the same size as the bottom? If so did you try having the plain (no beading) drawer on the bottom?

    1. Hey Ellie!
      You know, I have no idea. But that might have worked, and who knows, maybe the new owner has done this.
      Thanks for your insight!

  6. Vivian McAdams says:

    Just beautiful.

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