DIY Painted Dresser

DIY Painted Dresser

Back in the summer of 2015, a good friend of mine was moving and they were going to donate one of their old dressers. I was so excited that they let me take it so I could do my very first piece of furniture!! It had a strange finish on it and the top had some pealing pieces, almost like it was covered in paper...I wasn't sure what it was made of and I knew I wanted to make sure you couldn't see the change in texture after I was finished painting. Since that would take a bunch of coats and I wasn't really sure if my chalk paint would stick, I decided to prime it first.

I used Zinsser Bulls Eye 123 primer that I got from Home Depot,also sold on amazon, and then used old Annie Sloan chalk paint (i think about $35) I had left over from an old painting class I took. I used "old white". Since I started this project I have learned how to DIY chalk paint though! 

I used 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint.

Then, I finished it with minwax polyurethane clear satin finish. This looked terrible and gave it a yellowish tint. So I had to start again. (two years later oops)

So, TWO YEARS LATER and pregnant, I sanded the finish a bit and repainted. I just used regular white paint I had in the basement and did two coats. I tried my DIY chalk paint I mentioned above but I f-ed it up and didn't have the time or energy to figure out how to do it correctly. Then, I ( really my husband because I'm pregnant and read the label) finished with Minwax WATER BASED polycrylic in clear satin and it looks great now!

Had I done it correctly the first time, the project would have been around $50 and 4 ish hours of work :)

All it took was me getting pregnant and needing the white dresser for the nursery!

Here are some photos. I have the before, after the primer, and after :)


Products Used:


Regular white paint (valspar from lowes)

Minwax water based polycrilic in clear satin


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