My oldest son had this small dresser that was my husband's when he was a kid. My son liked it but asked if we could paint it blue. We found the perfect color at the shop in Colorado and purchased the other supplies needed.
The items you'll need are:
- Chalk Paint (Annie Sloan is the brand we used. It is about $40 a quart, but it goes a long way. There are also several tutorials on making your own if you google it, but I haven't tried this so can't give any tips!)
- Light or Dark soft wax (depends on the finish you are wanting. You can purchase a dark Finishing Wax from Home Depot or Lowe's for about $10.00. The light wax can be found from any Annie Sloan distributors.)
- A large stippling brush
- Regular size paint brush
- Small paint brush
- Cheese cloth
- Acrylic Paint
- Petroleum Jelly
- Fine sand paper
- Something to refinish
Here is the dresser my son wanted to have painted blue. It has nice markings on the drawers and lots of scratches and dings to give it lots of character.
1. Remove all of the hardware.
2. This next step can just be skipped if you like the wood color and that is the color you want exposed. If you would like a lighter or darker choose an acrylic paint to suit your taste. Use a smaller paint brush to apply the acrylic paint to anywhere you think you might want to expose off after the chalk paint is applied. Good places would be the edges, gouges and scratches, and carvings. Remember, just because you put the acrylic paint there, it doesn't mean you will be exposing all of it, only some will come through with the sanding. You will want to apply 2-3 coats of the acrylic paint to make sure it is covered well enough.
3. After you have all of the acrylic paint on, use the petroleum jelly and apply a layer on each area you want exposed. You don't want this very think but thick enough that it will allow the chalk paint to come off. If you put it on too thick, it will strip much more of the chalk paint than you want off.
4. Apply a layer of the chalk paint. Let the paint dry and then apply a second coat. Let it set for about 12-24 hours.
5. Once the paint is completely dry, use your sand paper to remove some of the paint distressing it a bit. You will be able to see glossy areas where the vaseline areas are. Focus the sand paper on these to show the color underneath. Expose as much or as little as you like, just don't make it uniform.
6. Once everything is exposed you want, use your stippling brush to apply the soft wax back and forth over the painted areas until everything is covered. Let it sit for about 30 minutes then use about 12 inches of the cheese cloth to rub the wax until smooth. Apply a second coat of the wax and repeat with the cheese cloth.
7. Reapply the hardware and display proudly.