Dresser Re-Finish with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I can’t believe I haven’t posted since last July! I have a lot of catching up to do on here, I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had the chance to post but I have so many things I want to share. There has been a birthday party, a new house to decorate, a baby shower, recipes to share and a new baby room to decorate.

Today I wanted to share my before and after pictures of the dressers that I re-finished using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I’m so pleased with how they turned out, amazed at how easy the product was to use and how fun it was to do!

I love the fact that you don’t have to do ANYTHING to get the piece ready for re-finishing–you don’t have to sand it or prime it or do anything except wipe it down with a rag if it’s dusty.

I re-did the dressers that were in my guest bedroom for use in our second baby’s room (a little girl due in April!); originally they were a very light (almost white) oak with lots of knots in the dressers. When I told my husband that all you have to do is put a couple of coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on to begin and that you don’t have to sand the knots down or seal them he was in disbelief. He really felt like the knots would bleed through, but not with this paint! It’s amazing!

So here’s the before shot (taken from when the dressers were in our old house):

Dressers Before

So to begin I just removed the drawer pulls and wiped the pieces down with a damp rag. I painted two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in her Old Ochre color and let it dry. Later that same day I applied a very, very thin coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax. She has a special brush and technique that she recommends but I just used pieces of my husband’s clean white undershirts to apply it with. I would rub a little on it in a circular motion and continue to rub it in until only a thin layer of it was left. (You can tell where you’ve applied the clear wax because it slightly deepens the hue of your paint color).

I let that cure overnight and the next day I took sand paper and roughed it up a bit because I wanted the dressers to have a rustic, antique feel to them. I emphasized the corners the most but used the sand paper all over the pieces too. Next I brushed off the pieces to remove any dust particles from sanding.

The final step is Annie Sloan’s Dark Wax. Again, she has a special brush for applying the wax but I just used a straight edged paint brush. I applied it on the piece and rubbed it in a bit with another piece of clean white undershirt. I let the piece cure for a week before putting the drawers back in and putting the drawer pulls back on.

Here’s the final product; I’m very excited about how they turned out! They are going to look great in our little girl’s room.

Dresser After

I did the mirror too on the dresser above but haven’t re-attached it yet.

Dresser 2 After

I definitely will be using this product again!Also, FYI you can’t just buy this paint anywhere, you have to find an Annie Sloan stockist. For me, it’s at Queen of Hearts antique store in Buford, Georgia. You can Google Annie Sloan stockist to find one near you though. Have fun!

So, I’d love to hear if you’ve used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint before? How did you like it?