DIY Painted Dresser

It's done, D O N E! I finally finished my daughter's dresser.

About a year ago we bought her this matching dresser and side table. I painted the side table right 
way. I sanded and sanded, primed, painted, and poly'd it. The process was time consuming to say 
the least. It turned out nice, but since then I've discovered Annie Sloan chalk paint. In fact I've 
become quit the fan of her paint and have used it here and here

This project was going to be slightly different because I hadn't ever used AS Antique White;
especially on a darker piece of furniture. 



It took three coats of paint to fully cover the wood. After the second coat I decided to dilute
 the paint with some water to thin it out. It made a big difference on the coverage since the 
first coat goes on so thick. After the paint dried I waxed it with AS Clear wax; let it dry and 
then buffed it with a clean, lint free t-shirt. As recommended I applied two more coats 
of wax to the top of the dresser for extra durability. The top of the dresser takes a 
beating especially with my 10 year old girl. 

After the wax dried I went to town on distressing. My original thought was to not distress it, but
I quickly changed my mind after I tried it on one of the corners. It's like a bad habit and you just 
can't stop after you've started. I'm glad I didn't stick to my original plan. I found the new 
 hardware at Target and the clock knobs came from Hobby Lobby (my daughter's choice).
I know I say it all of the time, but I'm amazed at what a difference a little paint can do to 
 an outdated piece of furniture. I love it and can only hope this piece lasts my daughter 
until she leaves the nest. Otherwise, I already have other ideas for it like use it in 
the dining room as a sideboard. 

Are you ready to work on piece of furniture? 

I'd love to hear from you.


  1. Turned out beautifully! Great choice on the handles too. :)

  2. it looks beautiful! i love the new hardware!

  3. Looks fabulous Andrea! Great transformation. xo Jenna

  4. I think I may be the last blogger on earth yet to try ASCP. I did, however, pick up a can and will be giving it a go soon ...

    So, are you coming to Chicago next weekend to Midwest Meet-up with us?????

    :) Linda

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