Bedroom Chest-of-Drawers Makeover

Bedroom Chest-of-Drawers Makeover

The chest-of-drawers in our bedroom was the first piece of furniture that I purchased with the intention to paint. To date, all my furniture makeovers have been hand-me-downs or orphans in need of some tender loving care. I love the french provincial style and the classic black distressed look. Combining the two is a winning combination … and what a winner my bedroom chest-of-drawers makeover turned out to be! Bedroom Chest-of-Drawers Makeover I found the perfect style of chest-of-drawers on eBay. The colour wasn’t right, but I knew I could give it the classic black distressed look I was after. Plus the seller delivered … there’s only so much that I can fit into our little Toyota Corolla. Bedroom Chest-of-Drawers Makeover While I had the colour, materials, and the technique all planned out, like most of my projects it took about 12 months before I finally got around to painting it. Boy I’m glad that it took me so long to get started … because by then I had discovered chalk paint! This was going to give me exactly the look I was after…

Bedroom Chest-of-Drawers Makeover

I only used the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite.

I set myself up in the kitchen and got to work. I pulled out the drawers and took off the hardware. I couldn’t help giving the piece a light sand before painting. Make sure to wipe down the piece afterwards to remove all the dust (I like to use a microfibre cloth). It didn’t take long for Miss E todiscover what I was up too and offer to help. Why not … like mother, like daughter! Bedroom Chest-of-Drawers Makeover I gave the chest-of-drawers two coats of paint as one coat didn’t cover the piece enough. I suspect I didn’t stir the paint enough before starting.

I have since discovered that turning the paint tin upside down for about an hour before painting helps with the consistency, as all the good stuff sits at the bottom like a sediment. Of course, you’ll still need to give the paint a good stir.

Bedroom Chest-of-Drawers Makeover Once the last coat of paint was fully dried, I sanded the whole piece with a medium to fine sand paper (about 180 grade) distressing the edges and corners to give an aged look. I finished by wiping the piece down with a micro-fibre cloth to remove all the dust caused by the sanding. Bedroom Chest-of-Drawers Makeover Using a lint-free cloth, I gave the whole piece a coat of clear wax. I’ve started using a cloth to apply the clear wax rather than the wax brush, and have found this is giving me much better results. I feel as if I have much better control over the wax, and can rub it into the paint without too much leftover waxy residue. Bedroom Chest-of-Drawers Makeover I then took the plunge and gave the dark wax a try.  I used a wax brush, applied a little dark wax, which I wiped on a cloth before applying (almost like a dry brush painting technique). Like the clear wax, I worked on small sections at a time and rubbed back the area with a very, very fine steel wool as I went.

I found this great youtube video from Blue Egg Brown Nest which is worth a look if, like me, you’re new to using dark wax.

Bedroom Chest-of-Drawers Makeover After a couple of days, I finished by giving the whole piece a good buff with some cheese cloth to bring out the shine. I also cleaned up the drawer handles with some “Brasso”, which Miss E happily helped me reattach. Bedroom Chest-of-Drawers Makeover Bedroom Chest-of-Drawers Makeover I’m so pleased with how my bedroom chest-of-drawers makeover turned out. It fits in really well with my bed makeover. How for the tall-boy! Bedroom Chest-of-Drawers Makeover Have you tried dark wax before? Any tips you’d like to share?

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39 responses

  1. It looks great! You did a lovely job. I love Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint and find that 2 coats are the way to go. I saw your link at Elizabeth & Co’s Be Inspired Link Party.


  2. This is beautiful ! You did am amazing job! The piece was lovely to begin with but now it is lovely and you brought it more current.


  3. Gorgeous! I absolutely love that blue color! I’ve been wanting to check out the Annie Sloan chalk paint and this may just push me to do it! Pinning, thanks for sharing!


  4. Oh my goodness Jane, I LOVE how the dresser turned out. That color is gorgeous. I use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint too. So easy to use. I wish I had discovered it years ago. Pinning:-)



  5. What a great Ebay find! I absolutely love the makeover you gave this piece and am featuring you tomorrow at the Talented Tuesday Link Party! Please stop by and grab a “featured” button!


  6. What a beautiful and classic piece! Featured you at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!


  7. I love it! The black has given it such elegance! Sharing tonight on The Painted Drawer and thanks for linking!


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