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Oh my gosh I am so totally in love with this dresser.  I was super leery of painting it, thinking nothing could improve on the tiger’s oak wood.  However, with the gorgeous wood grain top paired with FolkArt Home Decor Chalk in Cascade and Parisian Gray, I am pretty smitten. Unfortunately, this gorgeous piece isn’t going to grace my home.  It is an heirloom dresser passed down from great grandma to a sweet little girl named Kate.

Gray and Aqua Chalk Painted Dresser with Milk Glass Knobs

I will say this dresser was in fabulous condition considering its age.  However, it was sitting in my friend’s garage for months.  I always tell people that an antique is only special and valuable if you use it.  I knew a fresh coat of paint and a wood stained top would make this piece a gorgeous keepsake for years to come. I love how popular chalk finish paint has become in the last two years.  It continues to become more popular and is easier to find nowadays.  Plaid has just launched their line of FolkArt Home Decor Chalk available at Joann Fabrics or Plaid online.  It retails for $9.99.  But let’s be honest who goes to Joann Fabrics & Craft Stores without a 40% coupon?

serpentine dresser

So my first step was sanding the top down with a 50 grit sandpaper.  I think there may have been an attached mirror at one time since it had some gunk on the back edge.

stripping wood dresser top

After that I sanded it with a 100, followed by 150, followed by 220 grit sandpaper to prep it for stain.

stripped dresser top

serpentine wood dresser top

Then I washed the dresser down really well.  Since this paint is a no prep acrylic there was no need for sanding or primer.  So I started painting the dresser with two coats of FolkArt Home Decor Chalk in Cascade.  Then I painted the drawers with two coats of Parisian Gray.  Since this paint dries so quick I was able to do the entire dresser in 4 hours from start to finish.

FolkArt Home Decor Chalk

The paint glides on super smooth just like any other chalk based paint I have used in the past.

FolkArt Home Decor Chalk Cascade FolkArt Home Decor Chalk Parisian-Gray

Once I painted two coats on the bottom I stained the top with a Minwax Special Walnut.

wood top dresser chalk painted bottom

Then I sanded the edges with 100 grit sandpaper to distress it and let the wood peek through.

distressed chalk painted dresser

After that I used a soft cotton cloth to wipe wax on the whole dresser including the top.  In the morning, I gave it a quick buff with a soft cloth.

FolkArt Home Decor  Wax

The last and final step was to change out the hardware.  Of course, I turned to my favorite knob & pull company, D. Lawless Hardware and used the 1 1/4” milk glass blue knobs.  They were the perfect match with the Cascade color and the icing on the cake.

milk glass blue knobs

I am in love with this dresser and was super sad to see it go home.  But I trust it will be in good hands and loved for years. (styling source: Indiana Love Sign Tutorial here)

aqua and gray chalk painted dresser

FolkArt painted dresser

The wood top was a good choice don’t you think?

milk glass blue knobs

two toned dresser

In love!  I am now on the hunt to find a dresser for myself to paint with this color combo.  Yummy!

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two toned chalk painted dresser

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  1. What a gorgeous dresser! You did such a good job! I love the
    new drawer pulls too!

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