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…


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


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


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.



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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  1. says

    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!

  2. says

    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?

  3. says

    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

  4. says

    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!

  5. pauline says

    You did a great job on the dresser
    i love this paint too but i pay $60 a tin here in Australia .
    Its so easy to work with , i did have alot of gritty bits in mine so i ended up having to sand it and i did mix the tin for ages …i was told after mixing replace lid and stand tin upside down for a day then re mix again , it was better , this paint also does show brush marks but it is supposed to , waxing the finished job gives it a lovely finish and if you dont like the gritty bits you can always sand them off ……Pauline x

  6. Jean says

    I am going to try this! I have used all kinds of paint, however I have not used wax. How does this work and what finish does it leave? Also, is there special cleaning for a waxed pcs? Great ideas here, love it!

    • Kari Sweeten says

      Hi Jean. I clean my dresser as I would any of my other pieces with warm water and a little bit of soap. The finish on my piece is smooth and I used two coats of wax to make it even more durable!

  7. Frankie says

    This is exactly what I want to do with my bedroom furniture I bought from a charity shop, I have never done this before and I have a chest of drawers and wardrobe in very dark brown and gloss, but slightly different colours which I really want to lighten up. Would I still be Ok to use this paint ? And would it come out the same colour? Or would you recommended something else? Thanks :)

  8. Kari says

    This looks Great! I have the exact same dresser in my basement, I’ve been trying to decide what to do with it. Do you think you can use spray chalk paint? I’ve used it before for a table for my daughter and it was so easy. What are the colors you used?

    • Kari Sweeten says

      Great question. When using chalk paint it has a bit of a “chalky” texture and feel. The wax not only makes it feel smooth, but gives it a protective coating to protect your paint longer.

  9. Sophie says

    Hi, absolutely love this and shall be doing this to my bedroom furniture. I have looked on the AS website and can’t find just ‘grey’, is this Paris Grey or another colour? Many thanks, Sophie

  10. says

    Too funny. I have this same dresser and bedroom set with it and was wanting
    to do something new to it as well. Love the colors!
    What did you do to make the mirror different as in square..or
    Is that a new mirror?

  11. Keisha B says

    I love what you did. I recently bought myself a used dresser and I want to paint it white. However, I don’t have any stores near me that offer this product. Is there a secondary product you’d recommend? Like white chalk paint from Lowes or Sherwin-Williams. Thanks in advance.

  12. Cindy N. in San Tan Valley, AZ says

    I know this is an older post, but I’m desperate. Okay, is this for real? I have a whole house of the knotty pine furniture that I’ve been dreaming of painting for the past 5 years and the thought of sanding, priming and coat after coat scares me to death. My husband is extremely skeptical of the no sanding, priming thing. Does this paint really hold up to usual wear and tear? Will it peel off? Does it scratch easily? Is this paint something I’m going to have redo in 5 years? Is this some kind of miracle paint?

    Also, I think I read in one of the comments that you can apply something after the paint to give it a vintage-y look like some dark paint in the grooves. What would that be?

    I would great appreciate a reply. If this is true and this stuff really holds up to kids, dogs and a husband, I will racing to the store! :)

    • Kari Sweeten says

      Cindy, it really works!
      Well, I should say it really works with the brand that I used “Annie Sloan Chalk Paint” (and no, I’m not paid to say that). I know some people make their own and have success, but if you are worrying about durability than I would go straight to AS Chalk Paint. It’s pricey, but it’s my favorite. I’ve had my dresser for sometime and it’s holding up so well. Truly no dings, scratches, or anything. My dresser isn’t in a high traffic area though, but I’ve done a coffee table a few months ago that is holding up fine, too.
      Make sure to use the wax on top of the paint. It comes in clear, light, or dark. The dark wax will give you the vintage look. Research it online and you’ll see many different furniture pieces done with it.
      Try it! You’ll love it!

    • Becky Vandenberg says

      I have to say I was SO skeptical when I tried this paint, so I did the inside of a cabinet door and fell in love! Maybe just do a test spot and let your husband check it out. :)

  13. Lindsey says

    I think this is something I can actually do! I have this same furniture and would really like to get rid of it, but you’ve inspired me to make this simple change. Cost effective for me. Can you tell me how much paint I should buy? Thanks :)

  14. Stephanie M says

    I can’t tell – did you cut off the top of your old mirror or purchase a new one? If you cut the top off was it super easy? Looking to do something similar to what you have done. Love your redo!

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