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A few weeks ago, on a really warm February day (90 degrees!), I redid an old dresser just for fun. I didn’t plan on sharing it, but after showing it on snapchat, I had some questions about the paints I used.
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So, today I want to show you a super easy quick dresser makeover that cost about $11 because I had so much paint leftover. Probably enough to do another dresser too.
I have tried a few different chalk paints, and was very impressed with Rust-oleum brand.
Rust-oleum Chalked Paint in Linen White (Cost about $17, and I used exactly 1/2 so total was $8.50)
Americana Decor Creme Wax (Cost $10.80 and I used less than 1/8 for drawers so about $1.35)
Brushes (already had them)
Top Coat Spray (Similar Here, A little goes a long way so I barely used any of this bottle so about $1)
Sander (This is the one I use and love)
Total Cost of Supplies Bought and Used: $10.85
Step One: I cleaned the surface of the dresser and lightly sanded any paint that was chipping. The reason I love using chalk paint is there is very little prep work.
Step Two: I applied two coats of the linen white to the entire dresser. It was such a warm day, I only had to wait about 15 minutes in between coats.
Step Three: I brushed on some dark wax to the drawers to create a shabby look.
Step Four: I bought a top coat spray at a painting class I took a few years ago and a little goes a long way (I have had the same bottle for years), so I didn’t use much to cover the entire dresser.
Chemist Tips on Chalk Paint
Did you know you can also make chalk paint? Head over to this post for Mind-blowing Chemistry Tips where I share my easy recipe for that! Believe it or not, chemistry plays an important role in all different paints and textures. If you have some latex paint sitting around, try out that homemade version for any furniture you need to redo.
I didn’t have any colors I wanted, so I decided to just buy some chalk paint. I also wanted to see how Rust-oleum worked compared to others.
What are the benefits to using chalk paint?
I personally like like the matte finish it has on wood. I also like the shabby edge it has, which gives old furniture a nice revival. It also layers well on top of other paints, so it isn’t necessary to sand all the way down. You should only need to do a light sanding on chipping paint. As you can see from the photos, this furniture had a few chipped places on the ends and around the flowers.
Another benefit to chalk paint is the drying time. Since you use thin coats, it dries really fast! I like to get things done as soon as possible, so I prefer using this paint.
I think you will enjoy using it too!