I will admit that I was a little skeptic of chalk paint when it first came out because it seemed too good true. Chalk paint caught my attention because it didn’t require any sanding.
I recently acquired a 1982ish lacquered dresser and chest that I thought would be perfect to use chalk paint on. This dresser was hideous, so I figured I couldn’t possibly make it look any worse.
A couple coats of paint gave this new dresser and instant update! I didn’t even need to change out the hardware and 1 quart covered both the dresser and chest.
Step 1 – How to prep furniture for chalk painting
Remove all hardware and place in a plastic bag in case you want to reuse the hardware. Saving the hardware was my husband’s idea, I rolled my eyes when he said to save it because he likes to keep random things.
I had no intention of reusing the original hardware since I thought it was ugly. I’m actually glad my husband suggested we save the hardware because the hardware looked totally different after applying the chalk paint.
Now that the hardware has been taken off, remove the drawers from the dresser and wipe down everything with a dry rag to clean off any dust. I also, used a damp soapy sponge to clean the dresser and drawers.
After everything was dry, I began to apply the first coat of Rust-oleum chalk paint.
Step 2 – How to apply chalk paint
I used Chalk Paint brushes to paint all grooves and areas that a high density foam roller would not be able to cover. After I finished with the Chalk Paint brush, I used the high density foam roller to apply a thin coat paint over all the areas on the front of each drawer and dresser.
The high density foam roller helps to smooth any brush strokes that you can’t blend for a softer look.
Step 3 – Applying the second coat of chalk paint
After the first coat dried for a few hours, I went back and applied a second coat of Rust-Oleum chalk paint to all areas of the dresser and drawers. I only applied a total of 2 coats to the dresser and chest to achieve the look I was going for.
I let the second coat of paint dry overnight before applying a protective clear coat. The clear coat is optional.
Step 4 – Distressing chalk painted furniture
Optional: If you want a more rustic distressed look use a very fine sandpaper and lightly sand corners and sides of the dresser. This will remove some of the Rust-Oleum chalk paint on furniture giving the dresser a distressed finish.
I chose not to give the dresser a distressed look and instead I applied a clear protective coat in satin finish. This gave the dresser a light shine while offering protection from chipping.
Step 5 – Chalk Painted Dresser and Chest
After the clear coat has dried for several hours, start adding the hardware to the dresser. I ordered new hardware, but I decided I liked the look of the original hardware better. The cool tone of gray paint really popped with the original gold hardware.
Products used for painting the dresser and chest:
- Rust-Oleum Chalk Paint – 1 quart in Aged Gray
- Chalk Paint Brushes
- High Density Foam Rollers
- Protective Eye Wear
- Drop Cloths
- Sponge and Dish Soap
- Optional: Top Protective Coat in Satin Finish or wax
I loved this Rust-Oleum spray chalk paint because it was very easy to apply and gave a nice matte finish. I preferred the spray chalk paint over regular paint for this project because this accent table had a lot of small details.
The spray paint easily covered these areas in just 2 quick coats. I had plenty of spray chalk paint left over that I used it to make decorative baskets!
Step 1 – How to Use Spray Chalk Paint
I lightly sanded the accent table that I was going to chalk paint because it was very old and had some minor chipping. If you are happy with the look of your item before you spray it, then no need to sand.
I then wiped down the accent table before I started to spray on my first coat of Rust-Oleum spray chalk paint.
I made sure to spray the accent table in a well-ventilated area and I protected the surrounding area with drop cloths. I also, wore safety glasses, gloves, and a mask to protect myself from the fumes.
Make sure to thoroughly shake the can for about a minute to mix the paint. Spray on the first coat by holding the can 10-12 inches from the accent table.
I sprayed the paint evenly left to right and not too thick. You do not want to spray the paint too heavy because the paint will start to drip.
Let each coat dry about an hour before applying the second coat. I only applied a total of 2 coats, and I did not apply a protective topcoat. I really like the matte finish on this table, and I wasn’t worried about this table getting chipped.
Products used to Spray Chalk Paint on the Accent Table:
- Rust-Oleum Spray Chalk Paint in Aged Gray
- Protective Eye Wear
- Drop Cloths
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