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Homemade White Chalk Paint Dresser Makeover

So I’m heading into the home stretch of my French Caribbean guest room makeover. Thank goodness!!

Here’s a sneak peek at my latest makeover… my chalk paint dresser.

White Chalk Paint Dresser Makeover

For this makeover I used the same homemade chalk paint recipe that I used for my Weather Beaten Triple Dresser Makeover. This time I mixed it with some white Ooops paint that I already had from the Restore. I had already painted the top by the time I remembered that I should take a before pic. Ooops!

White Chalk Paint Dresser Makeover

We picked this dresser up for $50 years ago. It’s held together with antique nails, and the drawers have dovetailed joinery.

White Chalk Paint Dresser Makeover

The hardware seems original. The white knobs are glass.

White Chalk Paint Dresser Makeover

It’s way too big a job to carry furniture downstairs and out of the house to paint, so I tend to paint pieces right where they are.

Three coats of the chalk paint and this baby is almost done. I still have to add a top coat of wax or poly to finish it off. Probably polyurethane because I have some Benjamin Moore Stays Clear on hand.

White Chalk Paint Dresser Makeover

Here’s the before again. I never really liked the orangy coloured wood.

White Chalk Paint Dresser Makeover

And here’s my chalk paint dresser … from an orange fright to a white delight.

White Chalk Paint Dresser Makeover

I really love the fresh white of this dresser against the blue walls. You’ll see how it looks in the guest room when I post my reveal at the end of the month. I can’t wait!!

I finally found the perfect thing to repurpose into a headboard, so I’ll be working on that this weekend. Then just a few final minor touches, and the room will be ready. Yay!!!

Thanks so much for reading! Have a great weekend!


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  1. The bright white really pops against that wall color — love it!

  2. You are such a tease :). I can't wait to see the guest room reveal. If it's anything like the transformation of this dresser, I am sure we will be very impressed.

  3. LOVE! What's up with that orange-colored wood, and why is there so much of it??? Looking forward to the reveal!


  4. Painting that dresser white really makes a difference. It takes on a whole new look and will go with just about any decor! I so want to try chalk painting. Redoing your guest room has been so inspirational!

  5. The vintage dresser has a whole new life! It looks fabulous and perfect against the wall colour. Hurry up with the room reveal!

  6. ps – If you are in Stratford during any of the Art In The Park days this summer, look for my grandson Michael Shepherd. He's passed the jury process and is one of the resident artists!

  7. Looks way better 🙂 I have a few things that I need to paint, but moving them would be a pain, how did you do that, just throw down some sheets? Is your top coat a brush application or spray?

  8. Why is it that white just makes everything come alive gain, it looks great I still need to try chalk paint but I think it will be the next room I do 🙂

  9. This came out just beautiful…I love chalk paint and this white really pops…thank you for linking up to One More Time Events. Have a wonderful week

  10. I like how the white paint accents the key holes on the drawers. Such a pretty touch.

    How do you like the Benjamin Moore Stays Clear poly? I've used Minwax which yellows everything. 🙁 I, too, recently painted a dresser white and was going to use wax (for the first time) to seal it. I'm curious, though, if the poly you use would keep the white white instead of turning it off white or yellow. Thanks!

  11. Tuula this is a wonderful re-do and I love the style of the dresser. Thanks for sharing this on Fluster's Creative Muster Party!

    Fluster Buster

  12. Love how you redid this. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Blog Hop 55. We can't wait to see what you have for us this week. This weeks party is live.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above