Vintage 1920s Dresser
|Peeling and chipping paint must be removed|
DuringNormally you don't need to remove paint prior to applying chalk paint. However, the black paint was chipping and flaking in many areas, and I wanted a good foundation to apply my paint to, so I decided to strip the dresser first. I avoid chemical strippers whenever possible because I don't like the gooey wet mess. I used an orbital sander and a mouse sander to remove the paint. Although the sanding dust is messy, it was easily cleaned up afterwards with a broom. Plus the sanders make a quick job of it. Be sure to use a sanding mask and protective eye glasses.
|Remove paint quickly with an orbital sander.|
I used a mouse sander on the smaller areas.
|Apply shellac to prevent the tannin in bare wood from bleeding through.|
After applying the paint and distressing the finish with sandpaper, I sealed the finish with soft clear wax. A little wax goes a long way! Simply dab a small amount on a wax brush and brush it on then spread it evenly over the painted surface. Wipe away excess wax with a lint free cloth.
|Seal chalk paint with clear wax. A little goes a long way!|
The interior of the drawers were in fairly good shape considering its age. However, the wood was dry and scratched. I used Restore-A-Finish to recondition the drawers and then applied beeswax conditioner.
|Recondition dry interior drawers.|
I wanted to give the dresser a bright and cheerful finish, so I painted the base of the dresser in Provence blue.
|1920s dresser painted in Provence blue and Old White.|
The dresser top and the knobs are painted in Old White. I sanded the paint back to allow the wood underneath to peek through which gives it an old farmhouse style.
|Sand back the paint to almost a bare finish for a worn farmhouse look.|
I made some repairs to the veneer, but left other areas chipped and worked that into my design.
|Damaged areas can be incorporated into the design.|
Sometimes the damage looks out of place, but other times it gives a little history and charm to the piece.
|The wear and tear through the years can be charming.|
|The dresser sits on the original wood wheels.|
The dresser sits on its original wood wheels.
|Vintage wood wheel|
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- Orbital sander and variety pack of sand paper (60, 80, 100, 150, 200-grit). The paint on this project was tough to remove, so I switched to 40-grit sandpaper and then worked progressively up to 220-grit for a smooth finish. Alternatively you could use CitriStrip to remove the finish.
- Mouse sander used to reach the spots too tight or small for the orbital sander.
- Wood filler for repairing broken veneer
- Shellac and disposable foam brushes brushes
- Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan: Provence blue, Old White, and soft clear wax.
- Small wax brush I have both a small and large wax brush, but if I had to choose only one I would go with the small brush. If you do a lot of projects then it's worth the investment to have both sizes.
- Restore-A-Finish and Feed & Wax (for drawer interiors)