Greek blue was my color of choice and I loved it!
I re-toned the previously stained top with Minwax Wood Finish (Jacobean 2750). That gave a darker, richer color to the top.
1 - After removing the hardware, I wiped the dresser with sander deglosser (Home Depot). You want to clean the surface well and this product does a great job.
2 - I used a regular brush to paint the dresser. Here is how it looked like after the first coat:
3 - After the dresser was dry to the touch (it doesn't take long), I applied the second and final paint coat:
4 - When the paint was dry I used a rag (old T-shirt) to apply clear Annie Sloan soft wax to the surface. The wax will feel dry after you have applied it. If not, you have used too much wax. In this case, just wipe down the surface again. I applied clear wax twice just to make sure the dresser was evenly protected.
5 - To be honest I was afraid to use dark wax over my dresser. I waited one more day to think about it and I am glad I took the risk. The dark wax gave a depth of richness to the dresser. I applied the dark wax the same way I did with the clear one (with a rag). If you feel you have applied too much dark wax just wipe the surface again with clear wax to take the excess.
When applying wax, you have to use your muscles to push it into the paint. :-)
6 - I waited 24 hours to buff the dresser. It seems like you can achieve a better shine if you wait that long.
Here are the before and after pictures:
This was a fun project!
What about you? Have you tried chalk paint before?
What I don't know yet is how this paint will hold up to wear and tear over time. Hopefully everything will be fine... Let's wait and see. :-)
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