Create a Colorful Chalkboard Dresser

Give a boring, old dresser a playful new style with colorful chalkboard paint.

By: Janell Beals

Dresser With Bold Chalkboard Paint

Bold Chalkboard Dresser

Materials Needed:

  • dresser
  • water-based primer
  • chalkboard paint (tinted to the color of your choice)
  • paintbrush
  • extra-fine sanding pad
  • tack cloth
  • chalk
  • towel
  • drop cloth

Prep Work Area and Dresser

Protect work area with a drop cloth. Remove all hardware and drawers from dresser. Tip: Place hardware together in a zipped baggie so no screws are lost.

Dresser With No Hardware or Drawers

Prepare the Dresser for Painting

Sand Surface

Sand all dresser surfaces to knock down any existing finish then remove all dust with tack cloth.

Sanding Top of Dresser

Sand the Dresser

Apply Primer

Brush a smooth layer of primer onto dresser and drawer surfaces. Let dry three hours then lightly sand primed areas to eliminate any rough spots. Wipe clean with tack cloth.

Adding Primer to Dresser With Brush

Prime the Dresser Before Chalkboard Paint

Apply Paint

Brush a consistent layer of chalkboard paint onto dresser and drawer surfaces; allow to dry three hours.

Applying Red Paint to Dresser

Paint Kid's Chalkboard Dresser

Sand Between Coats

Sand down any raised areas before applying the second coat of chalkboard paint. Wipe clean with tack cloth.

Sanding Red Dresser

Sand Between Paint Coats

Apply Second Coat

Brush on second coat of chalkboard paint and allow to dry three hours.

Applying Red Paint on Dresser

Adding a Second Coat of Chalkboard Paint

Treat Painted Surfaces With Chalk

Prepare dresser for writing by covering surfaces with a large chalk stick on its side. Tip: This step prevents any future chalk phrases from being "burned" into the surface and allows markings to be fully erasable.

Treating Red Painted Surfaces With Chalk

Prep Dresser With Chalk

Wipe Clean

Rub chalk into painted surface then wipe away with towel.

Wiping Away Chalk From Dresser Drawers

Clean the Dresser Surface

Label Drawers

Help kids stay organized by labeling each drawer. Alternately, you can add a favorite quote or saying or allow kids to add their own chalk artwork.

Red Dresser With Labeled Drawers

Chalkboard Painted Dresser With Messages on Drawers

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