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

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

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. That is so much easier than what i have been doing to paint furniture! I am going to give it a try on my next piece.

    Shannon
    Domestic Engineer's Union

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

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. I just had to comment because this is the exact dresser I just got off of Craigslist for our nursery. It's HUGE, but I think I'll like having all the storage for baby stuff. =]

    Runt
    runtspickins@yahoo.com
    www.runtspickins.wordpress.com
    ( If responding to my comment, please email or comment a blog post of mine. Unfortunately I do not get email notifications when there is a response to my comment. I just found this out and I'm totally bummed thinking about how many responses I've missed! =[ )

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

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