Dresser Make-over

A couple weeks ago, in this post, I talked a little bit about wanting to change the look of a dresser that recently got moved to the kids space. This particular piece was part of a matching furniture set that I had during my child-hood. My parents did such a good job by selecting pieces that were solid wood and sturdy. I always loved their functionality and sturdiness, however, I have grown to really not like their blonde color wood-tone.

I gave one of these dressers a face-lift with some stain and paint, that sits in my kitchen. I really loved how paint really transformed the look of that dresser, so it was time to give the second dresser a face-lift.


Its size, storage, and functionality works so much better in the kids room. But that wood-tone was not good looking at all. I wanted to take a risk, and try something that I never tried before. I also knew I wanted a rustic vintage look. So I did some research and found that painting it with chalk-paint followed by an antiquing wax, would give me the look I wanted.


I also had plans on replacing the hardware too. I emptied the dresser, took the hardware off, and filled the old hardware holes with wood putty.


Since I was using chalk paint—- there was no need to paint this dresser with primer. So I was able to jump right into painting everything.


It was a tough decision to not paint the inside, but ultimately I decided I will later add some sort of contact paper on in the inside to make things look a little “prettier”. I picked up my paint at Lowes and used the Valspar Chalk Paint and had it tinted a soft gray color.  This paint gave such great coverage, I only had to paint it with 2 coats. I let this sit for about 24 hours to cure.

Painting Tip

Between applying coats of paint. Wrap your paint brush with cling-wrap. It will prevent your brush from drying out. I always do this, even when I’m just taking a 20 minute break. Nobody wants to get back to painting with a stiff brush—– or worse—– clumped paint on the brush. Your paint brush will last for several hours being wrapped in this cling wrap. I wouldn’t recommend leaving it wrapped over-night. If you need to return to painting a project the next day, I would simply rinse your brush and let it dry over-night so you can start fresh the next day.


Drum-roll—— it was time to start adding the antiquing wax!!!



How to Apply

  • Dry brush on with an oil-based paint brush
  • Have a couple of old rags—- or several if you tend to be a messy person when doing these projects. 
  • Work in small areas and sections. (If you work in very large sections, you won’t be able to wipe away the excess in order to acheive the look you want)
  • Apply with a couple of brush stokes  (I brushed on with very uneven strokes—- and did not worry with applying even coverage)
  • Right after you apply—- wipe it off
  • The more you wipe—- the lighter it will appear (I wiped away quite a bit)
  • The less you wipe—- the darker it will appear 

After you have rubbed the antiquing wax over the entire piece, your done!! Well, you need to let it dry and cure. I let this cure for another 24 hours.

The Finished Piece


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I love the new Hardware!!! It really helped with changing the look of this piece.


This project was a DIY project that turned out to be so easy. It gave me the vintage feel and look I was going for. If I can do it—- anyone else can too. I hope I inspired some of you to not be afraid of changing things up and make an old piece new again with just some paint and hardware.

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