DIY Dresser Makeover with Chalk Paint - With Love Rochelle

DIY Dresser Makeover with Chalk Paint

Old dresser remodel using chalk paint and adding vintage embellishments.  Easy step by step tutorial.

Are any of you obsessed with home makeover shows like Fixer Upper, Flea Market Flip or garage sale shopping in general?  Are you stumped on what to do or how to do it?  No worries, I'll walk you through how to makeover a dresser using chalk paint and drawer embellishments to bring a vintage vibe.  

Learn how to remodel a garage sale furniture piece or distress it

Chalk Paint   

Normally with chalk paint, you really don't have to sand down the furniture.  This dresser had some large dings and cracks that I fixed with a wood filler.  It's pretty simple to use.  It goes on pink and once it dries it matches the color of the wood.  Sand it down and it's ready for paint.

The chalk paint is the best.  Seriously.

No Sanding
No Primer

Here's what you'll need before you get started

2 Clean Soft Rags
Paint Can Opener
Painters Tarp 
Paint Stirrer
Rubber Gloves
Tools to Remove Hardware
Wood Filler if needed

Ideal location to paint

Ideally, you'll want to work somewhere where it is ventilated well, space should be room temperature and well-lit room.  You'll want to lay down painter's tarp in the area in case of any spills.

Prep Furniture

Remove any hardware pieces
Run your hand across and sand any uneven spots
(no need to sand the entire piece)
Clean any dust or residue with mild soapy water
Make sure it is completely dry before applying the first coat
Use blue tape to cover any areas that will not be painted

Apply Paint

Apply your first coat.  Allowing ample time between your next coat.  Don't worry if the paint dries streaky.  It's pretty normal.  

Apply your second coat.  Depending on the color of the original piece you may need to do 3-4 coats of paint.  

Apply Wax

Distressing your Piece

This was the part I was so nervous about.  I just spent a good few hours painting my dresser and now I'm going to mess it all up!  I'm so glad I took the plunge and got over my fear because it turned out way better than I expected.  I found that using the sanding sponge worked a little easier than a piece of sandpaper.  Distress areas like the corners, edges, and top.  I've always loved the distressed look with a touch of vintage glam.  Simply brush away the dust and wipe down.

Final Step Adding Embellishments

I found these gorgeous knob embellishments at a local craft store that were on clearance.  My dresser did not have any knobs so I actually glued them on with gorilla glue.  Lesson learned you can't put too much because it will start to foam up.  With gorilla glue, it works best when the area is damp and only put a small dab.  One time with a chair I fixed I literally had to saw off a large chunk (we won't talk about the one time I tried to fix a flip flop with it, lol).  If your piece does have holes for knobs simply replace them or add new ones.  

Learn how to remodel a garage sale furniture piece or distress it

Learn how to remodel a garage sale furniture piece or distress it

Learn how to remodel a garage sale furniture piece or distress itLearn how to remodel a garage sale furniture piece or distress it

In the end, I was so glad that I took the time to makeover this dresser.  I lined the drawers with scented drawer liners and added this to my bedroom.  Of course, my closet doesn't have any space left so my scarves, jewels, and my entire collection of nail polish collection.  As I mentioned in the stylish decor post I'm slowly trying to transition my home decor to a more rustic vintage feel.  What's your next project you want to tackle?


  1. That's such a great idea and I love how it turned out too!

    Belle |

  2. Love using chalk paint and your project turned out really great. Love the hardware you used to dress it up.

  3. Rochelle,

    This turned out so well! I always get really nervous when I make DIY projects, but yours looks great!



  4. WOW! This looks great girl! And I love the hardware too!

  5. I have an end table I've been wanting to do this with!

  6. I love how this turned out! I especially love the embellishments. I haven't tried chalk paint yet, but it's something I'd like to give a go at some point :)

  7. I love refinishing furniture and I've heard great things about chalk paint. this looks fantastic!

  8. I love this so much! I have an old dresser I've been wanting to do something with. Now I have a new DIY project.

  9. I love how this turned out! It looks great I have a dresser I need to fix up.

  10. Wow talk about a wonderful transformation! I had no idea white chalk paint even existed, or that you could use it on furniture. Love this.

  11. I love the way this turned out! Such a fun project!

  12. This turned out wonderful! Love the color and the details!

  13. I did this with my daughter's dresser in her big girl room - it always turns out great!

  14. This turned out so great! I'm redoing my bedroom dresser soon and had decided on spray paint until I saw your tutorial. Now I'm re-thinking it...

  15. What a great idea! They look great.

  16. This is such a cute idea! Love how it turned out.

  17. Fun idea I've been wanting reasons to use the chalk paint because it's so vintage looking ...using it on a dresser is perfect!

  18. It's amazing how chic it looks now as opposed to before. Great job!

  19. Looks amazing! I wish I had your skills!!

  20. I have been wanting to paint my dresser in my room FOREVER, but never knew how to get this look! I've got to get some chalk paint!

  21. This turned out awesome! What a neat way to update a thrift store find!

  22. Wow what a transformation! I LOVE the look of chalk paint.

  23. The end result looks great! I'll have to check out chalkboard paint since we have a bookshelf we've been meaning to redo. Thanks for the tips!

  24. This came out beautifully, what a great idea!

  25. Turned out great! I as well chalk painted my dresser and night stand and turned out just like this!

  26. Oh this looks so pretty! We have a dresser we're about to paint, and I'm thinking chalk paint might be the way to go!


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