How To Use Chalk Paint - Dresser Makeover

 

How to use chalk paint - tips and tricks!

First, I want to say this is NOT a sponsored post and I wasn’t paid to say anything or use Annie Sloan chalk paint. I just LOVE it and want to share it with you.

I recently partnered with HGTV HOME and Joann Fabric and Craft Stores in a room remodel challenge and I chose my master bedroom. My old dresser needed instant help! I knew I had to paint it…

before-dresser

I knew I wanted the dresser to be an antique white color with gray drawers. This project took me a couple of hours from start to finish using chalk paint!!


After - dresser using chalk paint

What is chalk paint?

Chalk paint is a very popular paint used for furniture….it doesn’t stop there though you can use it on almost anything!

Why I love it…

It doesn’t stink - water based

NO sanding

NO stripping

NO priming

NO JOKE!

Let me show you how easy it was to update my dresser…

chalk-paint-tutorial

1. Wipe down your furniture with a wash rag to remove dirt, sticky residue, etc.

2. Grab your roller or brush and apply your first coat - you’ll be surprised how nice it covers with one coat.

3. let dry for at least 30 minutes - yes it dries insanely fast!

4. Add second coat.

5. Let dry for at least 30 minutes.

6. Last step - apply wax!

Tips - I used a wax brush in the pic above and it was so nice! Super easy to get inside of detailed places.

 

DIY-chalk-paint

I added some new hardware and voila - I had a new dresser!

dresser makeover using chalk paint at UCreate

Products Used:

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Grey

Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax

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51 comments:

  1. This looks so great! I did a dresser back in June with ASCP in Florence, and I. AM. HOOKED. I've done a nightstand and two desks since, and am always looking for the next thing I can get my brush on!

    :-)
    Rach

    http://www.theevolutionofmom.com/2013/06/cowgirl-room-final-reveal.html

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I was so impressed with the quality that my kitchen cabinets are next!

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    2. Ooh, let me know how that goes! I've been toying with the idea of doing mine, but I've been scared. Can it really be THAT simple?!

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  2. We have the same dresser (and all the pieces that go along with it). It's funny I ran across this because we've been debating if we want to paint some of the pieces (they aren't in the same rooms). This chalkboard paint looks super easy to use. My mind it made up! Thanks!

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    1. Glad to hear! It's so fun to give it a totally new look!

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  3. Came out great!!!

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  4. Perfect~ I've been debating on whether to paint my littles dresser and haven't because I simply can't ask my husband to bring it down the stairs and outside (and repeat several times to finish the project). I could get it finished in a day! How well do you think this would hold up on a dining room table?

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    1. I've had friends use it on a dining room table and they love it. I would suggest doing an extra coat of wax, though!

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  5. Your dresser turned out beautiful. I love the soft grey and white combination. Time to walk through the house and garage and see what I can find to paint.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words!

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  6. Does this just work over wood or laminate too?

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    1. Yes Jennie! I've used it on laminate and it works great! Good question!

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  7. I am impressed, but does it really work that well? I love to refinish stuff, but the time and effoer just deters me. And where do I buy such paint??

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    1. You can find it almost anywhere. Lowe's and Home Depot usually carry it, but inventories differ from store to store. There are also a ton of tutorials online to make your own as well..

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    2. Paint for chalkboard painting is available at Lowe's and Home Depot. Chalk Paint® for furniture and cabinetry is available at specialty shops. Go to the retailer locator to find a shop near you. www.anniesloan.com

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    3. Cindy is right - chalkBOARD paint and chalk paint are two different things. You can't find ASCP anywhere - only specific retailers carry it.

      I've used it a bunch of times now - it really is pretty much that easy. It gives a much different finish than other paints, so I think it depends on your personal preference. It looks antique/hand painted - you will generally see some brush strokes and imperfections and the paint is very matte. The wax is a must. Anyway I LOVE it. :)

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    4. Great advice Tina, Cindy, and Miranda! Thanks for helping Wendy out!

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  8. This looks so amazing! I've just took a class using her chalk paint and I'm obsessed. Exceptional job on this dresser!

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    1. Thank you very much - it was so much fun to do!

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  9. I absolutely LOVE chalk paint! I fell in love with a tutorial about a crib repurposed into a desk. We did it for my daughter when we redid her room. I love the effect chalk paint had. It made the desk top so nice and shiny. Best part was that I didn't have to buy Mini a chalkboard too! Lol

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    1. I agree Tina ... it's one of the best things that has happened to the paint industry!

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  10. Is it durable enough for a crib and/or a dresser in a child's room?

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    1. It's been one year since I've remodeled my dresser and it looks like new! So my answer is yes!

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  11. Thanks for sharing this how-to. I have been thinking of using some of this paint, but just wasn't sure. It sounded to good to be true, but I guess it isn't!

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    1. Give it a try! You'll love it!

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  12. I just picked up my first quart of AS Chalk Paint and can't wait to try it out! Thanks for the how-to!

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    1. You're very welcome Michelle ... thanks for stopping by!

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  13. I tried the home-made chalk paint and I think I think I will pass on that but I am looking forward to trying ASCP. My next makeoverI will purchase the real thing. Dianntha

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    1. I have been curious about how well the homemade versions work ... I just knew I wanted the best and was afraid I'd mess up on my dresser if I went with anything but ASCP!

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  14. It looks lovely. If You wanted to give the 'distressed' look would you sand / scrape once it's dry BEFORE the wax? thanks, Jodie May x

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    1. Yes, definitely sand and distress before the wax! You can also get a darker stain wax that gives it that distressed look without sanding. Endless possibilities!

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  15. I seriously just bought that exact dresser off of Craigslist for my nursery!!!!

    Runt
    runtspickins@yahoo.com
    www.runtspickins.wordpress.com

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    1. It's a great dresser set, solid wood, and I didn't want to get rid of it ... so glad I could update it with paint and hardware!

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  16. I had no idea that it was so easy to use this paint. Shabby chic is not my style so I have always overlooked these tutorials. I am so on board now!! I will be using this on my dresser redo! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I'm the same way. Sometimes I love that shabby chic look but I also love the crispy, clean look sometimes too. You can get both effects with this paint!

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  17. What stores is this sold at? I can only find it online from her website, and I think its from Europe.

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    1. I don't know where your at but here's a list of local distributors! http://www.anniesloan.com/acatalog/North_American_Stockists.html

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  18. great job, i want to do my dresser too :)

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    1. It's so much fun to give a dresser a brand new look without spending a fortune!

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  19. awesome! I need to do this. but did you just cut off the top of the mirror frame???

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    1. You're exactly right! My husband cut off the top of the dresser to give it an updated feel. Made a huge difference!

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  20. Yeah, that doesn't look like the same mirror. Nice job though. :) I've never heard of chalk paint but I'm sure going to look into it now.

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    1. It actually is the same mirror. We just cut the top off. Thank you. This has to be one of my fave DIY projects I've tackled!

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  21. I love chalk paint. I made some and used it on an old mirror and bar stools so far. It really makes painting pleasant again! I'm definitely my kitchen cabinets in it and have been tossing around whether or not to go over my knotty pine walls with it. I did a small patch and it covered so great...otherwise I'm gonna have to sand all of it and the grooves:(. I guess it won't hurt to try. I was wondering about the mirror too! It looks great!

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  22. How many quarts did you use for each of the two colors?

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    1. Hi Benjamin,
      I only used half of one quart for the drawers and one quart for the dresser.

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  23. Can I use black chalk paint ?

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    1. I would use black Annie Sloan chalk paint, but personally wouldn't use black chalkboard paint. They are two different kinds of paints. Great question!

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  24. How clean and cheerful it looks! Great makeover. :)

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  25. I have a lot of knotty pine furniture that is in great shape, but is so dated now. I love what you did and I plan to do a lot of painting this fall with chalk paint. thanks for sharing

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