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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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Claire Cohen

Thursday 25th of June 2015

This is beautiful! I'm new to chalky paint, I just finished my first chair yesterday and I think I'm addicted. I used the Americana Decor paint and wax. Have you used the wax? How does it compare to the varnish?

Brittany Merth

Friday 26th of June 2015

Thank you! I'm addicted, too (at least until I painted everything in my apartment). I have not used the wax, but I have seen pieces that have been waxed. It's a beautiful finish, but the wax has a learning curve, requires buffing, and needs to be reapplied in the future. I was a little lazy and decided that the varnish would be easiest for me. :)


Wednesday 14th of January 2015

What an awesome project! I have featured it on my blog today. Check it out here:

Brittany Merth

Wednesday 14th of January 2015

Hi Lauren! Thanks for stopping by and for sharing my work!! I'm glad you love it. Personally, this is my favorite paint project so far. I'm working on a new desk at the moment and can't wait to share it.


Saturday 9th of August 2014

No sanding or priming required, which is one reason I love this paint! We live in an apartment, so the more I can minimize the labor/mess with projects, the better! I've even painted glass jars with this paint.

Ramona Yarbrough

Saturday 9th of August 2014

Did you sand the dresser before applying the paint?

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