Dresser Makeover with Homemade Chalk Paint

I had this really beautiful dresser set, but it felt kind of outdated and not as serene as I wanted my room to be. That’s where chalk paint came in! I was a little bit intimidated to make my own in case I should mess up my dresser, but it was much easier than I had thought!

The prep work is pretty easy on a project like this.

  1. Remove the hardware
  2. Wash the entire piece with warm, soapy water to remove any dust (or in my case dog hair)
  3. Let it dry completely before you start

You can turn any latex paint into chalk paint with this simple recipe:

  1. 2 cups latex paint in flat or matte finish
  2. 5 Tablespoons of plaster of Paris
  3. 3 Tablespoons of water

You can add more water or plaster of Paris if your paint is too thick or runny, but I’ve found this recipe to be pretty bang on to get the creamy consistency we want.

You’ll want to dissolve the plaster of Paris in the water first. Once it is completely dissolved you can mix in the paint.

I’d also like to point out if you don’t have the color you want of latex paint already, you can go to Home Depot and have a sample color made in flat or matte of any color! Two paint samples are just about the two cups you want for this recipe, but for a small project (like one table or dresser) you would be fine to get one sample and cut this recipe in half. The paint samples will have to come from Home Depot since Lowe’s doesn’t carry matte finish samples.

Chalk paint goes really far and dries really fast so once your paint is all mixed up, the fun and easy part can begin!

Keep your container covered between dipping your brush in the paint so that it does not dry out. Paint a thin layer of chalk paint with the grain of the wood. It takes about twenty-thirty minutes for it to dry and be ready for the next coat. Depending on the color of your paint, your project will need two or three coats of chalk paint.

Once you are done with all your coats of paint, give your piece about an hour to dry before starting the waxing process. I have waxed with both a brush and a soft, old t-shirt and I have found the t-shirt to work better for me. You will dip either your t-shirt or brush into the wax. You only want a little bit of product at a time. Then you will work in small sections of the project and in small circular motions you will massage the wax into the wood until the whole piece is covered. The wax you buy will let you know how long to wait before applying a second coat or letting it sit before using it. I only did a second coat on table tops and corners; just the spots that would see the most use.

When I started using chalk paint, I let the second coat of wax paint be my last step, but since then I have seen some wear and tear on table tops, etc. and have started adding another step to the process. I started adding a polyacrylic coat to the table tops and corners to keep the piece from scratching and I am really pleased with it.

Please let us know in the comments if you have any questions or thoughts!

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