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Make Over a Dresser Using Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint | DIY

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Looking for more upcycle projects?  Check out this cute little plant stand, this trunk makeover, my piano bench makeover, and this cabinet makeover.

I was so happy with how our nightstands turned out that I decided to paint a coordinating dresser. This is another Craigslist find; it’s a 40-year-old very sturdy (and heavy) Bassett dresser. After obsessively checking Craigslist for two weeks, I decided that this was my next project. Just like the nightstands, I used colors from the Americana Decor Chalky Finish line. Unlike some of my other projects, this one was not a fixer-upper. It was in great condition, but I just wanted it to coordinate with the nightstands. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the ivory with gold accents. Have a look:




I began painting the first coat on our balcony. For the drawers and the top, I used Relic. For the body, I used a mixture of 4 parts Yesteryear and 3 parts Relic (see all colors here). The next two photos are with one coat on everything.

americana decor chalky paint

I experimented with some brush-stroking after the first coat. I wasn’t a huge fan, so I just painted over it using the second coat.

americana decor chalky paint

For the handles, I used one careful coat of Yesteryear for a nice contrast with the drawers. Here’s the final product:

americana decor chalky paint

americana decor chalky paint

americana decor chalky paint

I finished with one coat of the Soft Touch Varnish (handles included, but painted off the dresser, not on), which is the same Soft Touch Varnish I’ve used in the past. It gives the piece a finished look without making it too shiny (which most people don’t want when using chalk paint).

As a reminder, here is the before:


And after:

americana decor chalky paint

I absolutely love this paint. It was so easy to work with, and this project required zero sanding or priming before painting. It’s also worth noting that the paint goes a long way. I painted two nightstands and one dresser (a total of seven paint coats due to changing my mind), and I barely used over two eight-ounce containers of paint. I did end up having to buy more Relic, but I still have almost an entire thing full! The Soft Touch Varnish also lasts; I did one top coat on each nightstand and the dresser, and I still have about half of a container left over.

Hope you enjoyed!

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