I recently gave our room a bedroom makeover. I had a dated cherry sleigh bed and matching bureau/dresser. In my last DIY I showed you how I updated my husband’s bureau. You can see that DIY here .
Now I moved on to my dresser. I wanted a white, pretty cottage look ( I refinished my husband’s in a gray more modern look).
My first step was to paint the dresser with two coats of white chalk paint, letting the paint dry completely between coats. I removed all the wooden knobs before painting the drawers-all 22 of them!
After the white chalk paint was completely dry I wanted to add a bit of color and texture to my now white dresser. I used dark gray and silver chalk paint.
I used a dry brush technique. When you dry brush paint you dip your brush into the paint and then remove all the excess paint from your brush.
**I like to use a paper towel and do a few quick brush strokes to remove the extra paint.**
I went over the dresser with the gray paint first then the silver. The gray really picked up the details on the corners and edges.
When you dry brush it adds color in a subtle way because there is just a light coat of paint being applied.
I loved working with a metallic chalk paint- it added such a pretty shimmer and a little glam to my dresser without being overwhelming.
**Keep your brush strokes going with the grain of the wood and in a straight motion**
When all the paint had dried I used a fine grit sandpaper to distress. I focused on the edges and corners to bring out the details of the dresser.
I wiped off the dresser with a microfiber cloth to pick up all the dust from sanding.
**I applied a coat of a clear protector to the dresser because it was going to get daily use.**
I found these little glass knobs on Amazon-they have a huge selection of drawer knobs and pulls. Their prices are great too, especially since I needed 22 knobs for this project.
Here’s my finished dresser after I put on all the knobs; isn’t it much prettier than before??
I ditched our sleigh bed and updated it with this elegant upholstered headboard to complete my bedroom makeover.
My finished room. Since this picture, I mounted the TV on the wall…I live in a house full of teenage boys & a husband and need somewhere to escape and watch Hallmark movies and HGTV😀.
Here is a view of the other side of the bedroom.
I hope I gave you some encouragement to save your own dated furniture-it’s really is amazing what a little paint can do!!
Pat Johnson says
Love your updated bedroom. It’s a lot cheaper than buying all new furniture. When my husband and I were younger, we did a lot of refinishing of antiques. I still have a few of my favorites. I have always loved decorating the many homes we have lived in. Glad you are still able to enjoy your hobby of creating new things. I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ll make for Christmas.
Jennifer Howard says
Thank you Pat! It’s cheaper plus the furniture was made so much better!! It’s hard to found solid wood dressers anymore unless they are used!