A few months ago I posted pictures of two vintage dressers I got from Craigslist and briefly explained and shared the results of the makeover. I am FINALLY sharing the tools and steps used to recreate old dressers into something new and beautiful. I searched on Craigslist for the dressers and found two that were basically for the price of one AND the sellers delivered (the wonderful sellers were a wife and husband team known here in Huntsville, AL as Equippedx Auctions and Consignment). This was a plus for me and hubby because we didn’t have easy access to a truck big enough to carry both dressers. I ended up paying $180 for both dressers and delivery. A steal right?! My decision on paint was pretty easy thanks to Pinterest. I ran across this beautiful black and white dresser set and was determined to recreate mine in the same way. Before going to Home Depot to make my paint and supply purchase, I did my research which included reading several blogs and watching videos about the best paint to use, the supplies needed and the process.
Americana Decor Chalky Finish Chalk Paint
- Carbon (black) – one 8 oz jar for the top of the dresser at $8.48
- Everlasting (white) – three 8 oz jars for both dressers at $8.48 (I started off with two of the white but ended up getting a third jar for touch up areas)
- Clear Creme Wax – one 8 oz jar for the entire dresser at $11.98
- 3-Piece Flat Paint Brush Set – $7.97
- Black Gloss Spray Paint – $3.76
- Wax Brush (online only) – $17.97 (I didn’t use this initially)
- Old hand or face towel for wax
- Small Roller Brush (optional)
- Large Tarp to cover the floor/area where you will be painting
- Screwdriver to remove the hardware (handles)
- Music to listen to while you paint 🙂 (this is optional of course, but it helps)
The best part about chalk paint is that there is no prepping or priming required. The dresser that I got were laminate wood and worn. The laminate was chipping off and there were areas of bubbling in the wood, possibly from water. I was so nervous that this would not work and that my dressers would come out looking a mess, but from all the videos and blog posts I read I was assured that the chalk paint would stick. Before painting I wanted to make sure I cleaned down the dressers thoroughly by removing the drawers and bleach cleaning the outside, insides and inside of the drawers. Here are the dressers and when I saw them I fell in love. They reminded me of the dressers my grandmother had back in the day lol.
The Beginning cont…
While cleaning the drawers I found an interesting surprise… dun dun duuunnn… a WASP nest in the bottom of the dresser. Yes! You read it right, I found a wasp nest in one of my brand new (well old, but new to me) dressers. I was cleaning the bottom row and my hand hit something, I stuck my head down to see what it was and there I was face to face with a wasp nest probably the size of the palm of my hand. I stared at it for about 5 seconds (that’s a long time to be up on a wasp nest lol) before I realized what it was and got up to go tell my hubby. I didn’t scream or anything lol, I was just shocked and a little panicky. Hubby took a look and confirmed that it was a nest. I immediately left out of the room and googled “how to know if a wasp nest is active” and it gave me some assuring information. Basically it said that if there aren’t any wasps coming in or out within 10 seconds, then it’s inactive. That calmed me for a bit until my father-in-law came over with his tools to remove it. Once removed we saw that the nest was indeed inactive. Praise God!! I didn’t share this to scare you from getting used furniture but to encourage you to clean down any used furniture you get inside and out and maybe even examine it before taking it into your home. I laughed about it with my seller, the wife, who is my name twin (how cool) and she told me she’s encountered worse in old furniture. I didn’t even want to know but I was thankful I found it before painting it and putting out clothes in it. Soooooo, after all of that and doing more cleaning it was time to paint!
The painting process was so much fun. I had my Toni Braxton Pandora station on and I was in the zone. As I mentioned before I took out the drawers to clean so I started on those with the paint. I did two coats in the everlasting color (white) and let them dry over night before applying the creme wax. The first time applying the wax I did NOT follow the directions. I applied it the same way I applied the paint and let it dry, but you are supposed to apply it just like you would regular wax – wax on wax off lol. You apply the wax with the paint brush or wax brush and basically rub the wax off while massaging it in (confusing I know) either with a wax brush or with an old hand towel. I used both since it was my first time and finally got the hang of it. When painting the dressers I applied two coats just like the drawers, allowing it to dry in between coats. I then moved on to the top surface of the dressers and painted them carbon (black). The carbon color was amazing!! I did two coats for full coverage and because of the chipping, but I probably could have done just one coat if the surface was smoother. Take a look at the top of the dresser that had the chipping and notice how smooth it looked.
I finished up with the hardware (handles) and spray painted black them outside – please don’t spray paint in your home.
After all the painting and allowing the paint to dry overnight, I did light waxing (I was still unsure about this wax business). I wanted my dressers to have a semi-worn look, so I decided to do a little distressing after I finished painting. The first two pictures show the results when I first finished and the last two pictures show the final look 🙂
If you are thinking about redoing dressers, desk or other wood (non-wood) items, don’t be intimidated by the project. I would definitely suggest that if you are a first-timer to go with chalk paint because it doesn’t require the priming and sanding. Also, if it doesn’t come out the color you want or how you envisioned it, you can always paint over it. This paint is very easy to work with and Americana Decor is an affordable brand. Other brands, like Annie Sloan, are more expensive and not as easily accessible in local stores such a Home Depot and Michael’s. I would like to try some of the other chalk paint brands for future projects, but for now my go-to is Americana Decor. The steps that I took in this process were all my own after doing my research. You do not have to use the same tools or take the same steps that I took. This was my first time so it was trial and error for me, but in the end it worked because I love my new dressers.
Let me know by commenting below what you think, any DIY projects you’ve done or thinking about or if you have any questions about my project.
Until next time…