DIY: Vintage Dresser Makeover

A few coats of Chalk Paint will transform your vintage furniture.

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Dress Up Your Dresser


It's easy to spiff up a vintage dresser that's seen better days. All you need is two shades of Chalk Paint and a couple of simple techniques. Check out these step-by-step instructions.

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Step 1: To apply base coat: Dilute Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan in Graphite with a little water and brush onto the wood, one section at a time. If the paint looks too opaque, brush water over the base coat, working it into the wood. Wipe off excess paint with a rag until the grain shows through. Let dry for about an hour.

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Step 2: To add the second color: Dip the tips of a chip brush into desired shade (I chose Florence, a deep azure) and tap off excess onto paper towels until brush feels almost dry. Brush paint onto the surface, working quickly with a light touch. You want to be able to see the chalky base through the brushstrokes. If the top coat looks too heavy, smooth it out with a dampened brush or rag and try again.

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Step 3: When the surface is no longer tacky to the touch, apply a thin coat of clear wax with a cloth. (I used Soft Wax by Annie Sloan.) Let dry for about 24 hours, then buff.

Pro Tip: If you want a soft, velvety sheen, use wax. For a matte finish, leave the Chalk Paint as is.

Originally published in the May 2013 issue of Family Circle magazine.