Plain Old Dresser Updated with Chalk Paint

Overhead view of peonies on top of dresser.

I bet you've seen a dresser just like this one before, or perhaps you even owned one. It's very functional and offers lots of storage, but I think the plain brown stain is a little boring. Technically it's called a chest of drawers, but if it has drawers for storing clothes, I just call it a dresser.

Before photo of a plain brown chest of drawers.

It wasn't in too bad of shape, but there were pen marks on the drawers. The chalk paint I used quickly covered up the marks.

Pen marks on drawer fronts were easily covered with Chalk Paint.

The drawers were lined with contact paper which I removed. Luckily the drawer liners kept the drawers in good shape.

Existing drawer liners were removed.

There was some residue from stickers on the side of the dresser. I used a razor blade to remove the remaining residue.

I removed the sticker residue on the sides of the dresser with a razor blade.

After:

I just love how a touch of paint can transform a piece of furniture! I painted the entire dresser in Old White for a classic elegant finish.

I painted the entire dresser in Old White for a classic elegant finish.

I sealed the paint with soft clear wax. The wax gives the paint a beautiful soft sheen.

The wax gives the paint a beautiful soft sheen.

The neutral color scheme is suitable for a nursery, yet still sophisticated enough for use by an adult.

The neutral color scheme is suitable for a nursery, yet still sophisticated enough for use by an adult.

I added light distressing to the edges of the dresser.

I added light distressing to the edges of the dresser.

I painted the drawer pulls in Old White, too. I added light distressing to the edges of the drawer pulls to help visually distinguish them from the background of the drawers.

Drawer pulls painted in Old White with light distressing.

I painted the interior of the top drawer in Old White.

Top drawer interior painted in Old White.

I left the interiors of the bottom drawers natural wood for a little contrast.

I left the interiors of the bottom drawers natural wood for a little contrast.

I hope you enjoyed today's furniture makeover! I'll leave you today with a photo of my (faux) peony bouquet. They usually rest on my bedside table, but I like to pull them out for photo staging. I just think they are cheerful, and I hope they brighten your day.

Peonies in vase on top of dresser.

Before and after photos of dresser painted in Old White Chalk Paint.

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