Shabby White Dresser {With Chalk Paint}

About 4 months ago I spotted this lovely little dresser for sale on an online selling page. It was obviously needing some attention. There wasn’t a knob to be found on it, the two front legs are missing their wheels, and the wood is full of blemishes. So I decided to turn this sad and drab dresser into a Shabby White Dresser.
I had such success with my first attempt at DIY Chalk Paint that I decided to give it another try.
I didn’t sand or prime a thing, just gave the whole dresser 2 coats of the chalk paint.
I did a slight distressing on all the edges and high points. That’s one thing I love about the chalk paint, it’s so easy to distress!!! Once everything had properly dried I use Minwax Finishing Paste as a topcoat and buffed it to a nice sheen.
The dresser obviously needed some new knobs, seeing as it’s super hard to open drawers without them. I got these black ceramic knobs from Hobby Lobby.
My love for old furniture only seems to be growing by the day, especially when I get done with a piece like this. It still has it’s blemishes that tell a story of a few previous lives but it now has a whole new life!!!
This lovely little dresser is now for sale and it will be headed to my booth soon. I hope you all have enjoyed my little Shabby White Dresser makeover and I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!!
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  1. I love the dresser, and want to try chalk paint myself. I have been hearing so much good things about it. I have a pine curio cabinet that I want to paint. I was just wondering, with the many knots in pine, should I prime it first? Also how do you apply the paste, and is that meant to protect the furniture? Sorry for all the questions. Im new at painting furniture, so any tips would be appreciated!!

  2. LOVE the knobs! and thewhite looks great on the dresser. great job!

  3. It’s beautiful! I love the black knobs against the shabby finish! I’m stalking our community’s online garage sale and Craigslist hoping to find something I can refinish for our home. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Love it! Great job, once again!

  5. I love the dresser. So pretty. I was going to paint a pine curio cabinet with white ASCP too. Was wondering, being that there are alot of dark knots in the pine, do you think that I should prime it first? Also, what is the purpose of using a wax? Does it protect the piece, and how do you apply it? Thanks. Im new at painting furniture. Any tips would be appreciated!!

  6. Bee-utiful.
    Love the soft finish. It’s a great pc and you made it gorgeous!!

  7. Love the chalk paint….so pretty! I’d love to have a dresser like this in my craft room. Such a gorgeous makeover.

  8. Beautiful! I’ve never used chalk paint before, will have to give that a try.

  9. This looks SO fantastic! I’ve recently gotten into redoing old furniture too…tell me more about the chalk paint. I had a really hard time getting my paint to stick and I’m thinking the chalk paint might help. Anyway, gorgeous job!! What a huge difference! I’d be thrilled if you’d share this at my party:

  10. That looks top notch Courtney. Awesome job!

  11. It came out beautifully!

  12. I love this dresser!!! I use homemade chalk paint on my furniture but I use baking soda instead. I used unsanded grout a few times but it would leave white specks when I sanded. You did an amazing job on this dresser!

  13. The transformation is fantastic. I checked out your other chalk paint post and I use the same exact DIY recipe and Minwax finishing wax. I’ve also had great results with it. I just started following your blog and look forward to exploring it more.


  14. Beautiful transformatiom

  15. What a beautiful piece you made it!!!

  16. Wow, what an amazing transformation!

  17. This is such a gorgeous make-over 🙂

  18. Oh my gosh this is gorgeous! I would love for you to share this at my link party going on now

  19. This dresser turned out so pretty. You gave it such a classic look. Bravo! 🙂

  20. gorgeous!!

    would love it if you could share this on my link party –

  21. Great rescue work.
    I found you on Live.Laugh.Rowe’s linky party. I linked in bacon and scrambled egg rolls. Have a super week.

  22. What a beautiful piece, Courtney!! I love knobs too!! Megan

  23. Great dresser! Love what you did with it!

  24. im doing a special feature on dressers and i would love to include yours, if that would be ok please let me know,

  25. Love this! It looks almost EXACTLY like a dresser I refurbished a few months back. The knobs we chose even look the same. Check it out at my blog if you get a chance. Its crazy.

  26. The dresser is gorgeous! Great job. I’ve been using DIY chalk paint on pieces lately too and I love it.


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