I decided on Ultra White because I thought the curves on this dresser
would be pretty with a shabby chic look.
To prep this dresser for paint,
I removed the hardware, reattached some of the loose drawer guides
and filled in a little chipped area on a back leg with wood filler.
I decided to sand the top and sides because they had a little sheen.
Then I wiped the entire piece down with glass cleaner, because it has ammonia in it.
Then I started painting. I painted one coat a day, allowing it to dry overnight between coats.
This piece has 3 coats of chalk paint.
I have found that painting white over a darker piece requires more coats than normal.
After the third coat dried overnight, I used 220 sandpaper to hand distress the dresser.
Then I hand rubbed clear wax over the entire piece.
This gives the paint some sheen and a nice smooth finish.
I also painted the original hardware with Krylon satin white spray paint with primer.
I sprayed numerous very light coats over each drawer pull until they were solid white.
Then I distressed the pulls with the sandpaper too.
After reattaching the drawer pulls my practice candidate was finished!
Now this piece can live on as a flat screen TV stand, buffet in a dining room or as a dresser.
I'm super pleased with how it turned out.
So tell me, have you used chalk paint before and if so,
what have you found to be the pros and cons?
'til next time,