Below are pictures of the dresser when we purchased it from a junk store. We saw potential! 😃
Here is another picture of the inside. I do not have any pictures of chalk painting the outside. When we painted the exterior of the dresser, I did not have a blog. We originally used this as a dresser in our Pike Road house. Now that we live at on Logan Martin Lake full-time, I use this in my craft room (in our loft).
Even though it was chalk painted, I wanted to finish painting the inside drawers. It always bugged me that it was not “finished”.
I put painter’s taped on the edge of each drawer in preparation for painting each of the drawer facings. I also put tape on the underside of each drawer. I used the same chalk paint (and technique) on the drawers as I used on the exterior of the cabinet. I spray painted the front of each drawer with flat black.
Here are all three drawers with just the facings painted with flat black.
I then chalk paint the face of each drawer. This is my favorite color of chalk paint. I get it a Home Depot. Click here for the paint. You can also purchase this paint on Amazon. I use this brand and color frequently. The color looks great over brown or black and goes with anything, which is why I like it.
I painted two coats on each drawer facing.
I wanted the drawers to match the existing cabinet, where it it has been sanded and the dark is exposed. I sanded the drawer edges and front flat surface to remove some of the chalk paint.
Below are some closeup pictures of one of the drawers’ edges.
Now it is time for polyurethane. I do not usually use wax. Here is a link on Amazon for the polyurethane that I use. I used a clean cotton rag and wipe it on. I apply it evenly and follow the grain of the wood. I wear rubber gloves so I don’t need to use paint thinner to clean my hands. The poly gives it look an antique look. It also protects it.
I always apply at least two coats of poly and let it dry overnight between coats. (If I am doing a table top, I apply three coats for extra protection.)I carefully put the drawers back in the dresser and done!I am thinking about adding chalk paint or fabric covered cork bulletin boards to the interior panels of the cabinet. I am still thinking about this . . . 🤔 Stay tuned for future blog posts . . .
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