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?

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