Hand Me Down Furniture

finished dresser 3   We all have it. But do we love it? …. maybe not… YET….. but you can!

This dresser had been my husband’s when he was a kid and is now is in our son’s room. While perfectly functional, I had dreamed of an update to it for years. I had even changed the knobs to some cute animal ones that I found in a sale bin at Pottery Barn Kids but you couldn’t see them on the dark wood.

Lightly Sanded

Ah.. another outlet for the early days of my love of Annie Sloan and her fantastic Chalk Paint! I lightly sanded the piece with a sheet of 220 grit sandpaper. It was enough to make the piece feel slightly rough, but wasn’t hard enough to work up a sweat.

Lightly Sanded 2

Once the piece had two coats of paint, I sanded lightly again to smooth out the finish. Then applied Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax. Put it on lightly (a small glob should cover one whole side of a large piece-maybe a tablespoon or two) and then wipe off the excess quickly. On a large piece of furniture, like a dresser or buffet, I usually do one whole side and then wipe off the excess wax. I let the piece sit for a day and then put on another coat of clear wax. If your piece looks cloudy, use less wax. And it’s easier to add more than it is to re-sand it and re-wax it if you put too much, so go light to start. After the waxing, I came back a day later and buffed the dresser with a soft cloth.

There are all kinds of wax brushes and pads on the market. I’ve tried a couple, but was always annoyed with loose bristles or lint coming off in the wax. Also, then you have to use chemicals to get them clean if you plan to reuse the brush or pad. I use old pieces of lint-free fabric. The receiving blankets I had leftover from our baby days were perfect and I’ve also been able to buy old cotton sheets at the thrift store cheaply and they last forever since you can get so many rags out of one sheet.

Finished Dresser

This was my second furniture painting project and I was hooked! I learned doing this dresser that it is just as easy to get a clean modern look with chalk paint as it is to do a shabby chic look.

Finished Dresser 2

Are you ready to start painting? Please let me know if you have any questions on prepping, painting, and waxing your piece!

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