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Dresser Makeover

This dresser was going to go to the trash! Everything worked perfectly, but it was very outdated. I tested out some more chalk paint to see if I would like it better this time, but I have officially decided chalk paint is NOT for me. It shows every imperfection and brush stroke and the texture is too thick for me. Like I’ve said in previous posts, I never use wax, which is a popular finisher on chalk painted furniture. It is not durable enough and the Arizona dust and dirt loves to cling to it! I seal everything I do with General Finishes Sealers. (They are amazing!!)

Before:

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Process: 

  1. Remove Hardware
  2. De-gloss furniture – I took a steel wool pad and wiped down the dresser. You don’t need to spend too much time on this. You may be able to see the wood get less shiny but sometimes it looks the same. Just give the piece a good wipe down.
  3. Clean – clean the furniture as well as the hardware if you are re-using it.
  4. Paint – I gave the dresser two good coats of chalk paint and let it dry before I applied the finishing coat.
  5. Buff out spots that are very streaky.
  6. Seal – I applied two coats of the sealant.
  7. Put hardware back on.

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After:

*Interesting find – when I applied the General Finishes Sealant, it darkened the chalk paint about three shades darker. This has not happened with other paints I have used, just the chalk paint.

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Materials:

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