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DIY Chalk Paint Recipe and a Dresser Makeover

By Classy Clutter on Apr 02, 2013

It's April! I love April. Mainly because I get to celebrate Easter (even though it landed in March this year), April fools day *winks*, our church's General Conference, our anniversary (7 years this year!!!) and hubby's birthday all jam packed into one fantastic month! Also, it starts to get warmer and Spring is on its way to NY! I can't wait to be out of the 30-40 degree weather range. Anyway, I am super excited to share with you my grey chalk paint dresser makeover today!


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I did this makeover at the end of mypregnancy when it was 20-something degrees outside and I loved that I could do this project without moving the furniture outside. I simply slid some cardboard under the legs of the dresser and painted it right where she stood! That is seriously one of the best things about using chalk paint!


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You may remember this dresser from my original Master Bedroom post where my bedroom was black, white and mustard yellow. I gave it a makeover in a glossy black and adorned it with zebra handles. I was in love! I still love the black but it was not going to work in my new bedroom. You can see the full Master Bedroom post here.

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I used a variation of Savannah's chalk paint recipe but instead of using Plaster of Paris (which works wonderfully as well) I used regular unsanded grout.


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For chalk paint, you will want to use about 2 Tbsp of unsanded grout per cup of FLAT latex paint. I also included using water because depending on the brand of paint you use, it may be too thick after mixing in the grout. It is okay for it to be a little gritty but stir really well with a paint stick until it has a smooth consistency. I used Glidden paint and needed to add 1-2 Tbsp of water with my grout+paint mixture.

Chances are, you will need more than 1 cup of paint depending on the size of your project. If you need more, you will just need to mix 1-2 Tbsp of grout per cup of paint then add water to get the desired consistency.

*TIP: I tried using Wal-Mart's Color Place paint and it did not mix well with the grout at all. I would not recommend using that brand to make chalk paint. It may work for you but it certainly did NOT work well for me.*

Next, paint over your piece of furniture. You do not need to sand or prime it unless there are imperfections that you want to smooth out. I did not sand or prime my previously painted dresser.


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When your paint is completely dry, you can distress the piece with a fine grit sandpaper. I used a sanding block and it worked great. I loved that it was black underneath because it showed through slightly when I distressed it. I love it! Chalk paint distresses beautifully!


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I really like how it brought out the detail of the drawers that might not otherwise be noticed without distressing.


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Finally, I used the above pictured Paste Finishing Wax by Minwax. Now it has a light tan tone to the wax but it is not noticable at all once applied to the painted piece. I have used it on cream and grey and not had a major color change due to the color of the wax. If you are doing a white piece, you may want to check in aninconspicuous area to be sure it doesn't yellow your white paint... just a thought. ;)


All you have to do is use an old t-shirt or soft cloth to apply to the piece. I used my cloth and scooped a little wax out and rubbed it in a circular motion onto the dresser. It went on beautifully.


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Here is where it sits in my bedroom. I still need to do some decor on it or on the wall behind it. Any ideas, send them over!

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Have you tried chalk paint? Do you like it?

Hope you all have a fantastic day!

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