I have had this dresser since I was a young girl. I tend to prefer an antique style over a more modern/contemporary one so I was inspired to reform my dresser. Also, I did not want to go through the trouble of acquiring a new one as well as deal with all the sentimentalities of doing away with my old one. Have a look at my transformation journey!
Sanding Paper (I used fine paper)
Multiple Paint brushes
Chalk Paint (Lowe’s, Target for metallic)
Wax Coating (Lowe’s)
Sponge (Hobby Lobby)
Prime Paint (if you plan to paint metal, Target)
A couple of tips I want to share with y’all that may be of assistance if you ever decide to take on a project like this.
1. You don’t have to sand down your project prior to starting, but it helps.
Sanding helps the chalk paint adhere to the surface much better, though it is not required in order for the paint job to be successful, it does help. Sanding also helps prevent having to do touchups or a second coat.
2. Be Patient, let it dry
It can be really easy to get too excited and just want to get done with a project like this, but it is important to let the paint dry in between coats and before waxing.
3. Have a plan
Before starting a project like this or any project really, have a plan and plan ahead.
4. When it says to apply a thin coat of wax, make sure the coat is actually thin
This was my first time working with a wax coating, or chalk paint for that matter. I was a little too generous when I went to paint on the wax at first, I also did not wait until the chalk paint was fully dry. This caused the chalk paint to come off during my waxing process.
5. To wipe off the excess wax, I recommend a sponge . . .
Not a rag, even if the rag is lintless like they recommend on the can.
6. When using chalk paint on metal, make sure you prime first
Priming is a really easy step to brush off (sorry, you all know I can’t resist my puns) but when using the chalk paint on metal….especially a metallic color, it is really important to use a primer so the paint adheres properly.
7. Last but not least, have fun with it
Your furniture is actually more enjoyable when you know how much love and effort you have put into it. . .