Chalk Paint Recipe and Chalk Paint Dresser Makeover
This chalk paint recipe can transform any piece of furniture! Using chalk paint is a great way to update or change a piece of furniture! It’s affordable, easy and fun!
I am super excited to share with you my grey chalk paint dresser makeover that I did with my go-to chalk paint recipe today! I did this chalk paint dresser makeover at the end of my pregnancy when it was 20-something degrees outside and I loved that I could do this project without moving the furniture outside. I simply slid some cardboard under the legs of the dresser and chalk painted it right where she stood! That is seriously one of the best things about using a chalk paint recipe and chalk paint to paint your furniture!
You may remember this dresser from my original Master Bedroom post where my bedroom was black, white and mustard yellow. I gave it a makeover in a glossy black and adorned it with zebra handles. I was in love! I still love the black but it was not going to work in my new bedroom. You can see the full Master Bedroom post here.
Chalk Paint Recipe
For this chalk paint recipe, you will want to use about 2 Tbsp of unsanded grout per cup of FLAT latex paint. I also included using water because depending on the brand of paint you use, it may be too thick after mixing in the grout. It is okay for it to be a little gritty but stir really well with a paint stick until it has a smooth consistency. I used Glidden paint and needed to add 1-2 Tbsp of water with my grout+paint mixture. This is a really easy chalk paint recipe with results!
Chances are, you will need more than 1 cup of paint depending on the size of your project. If you need more, you will just need to mix 1-2 Tbsp of grout per cup. I would recommend dissolving the grout in 1-2 Tablespoons of water before adding it to the paint. This helps avoid clumps of grout.
Chalk paint tip
I tried using Wal-Mart’s Color Place paint and it did not mix well with the grout at all. I would not recommend using that brand to make chalk paint. It may work for you but it certainly did NOT work well for me.
How to chalk paint furniture
Next, paint over your piece of furniture. You do not need to sand or prime it unless there are imperfections that you want to smooth out. I did not sand or prime my previously painted chalk paint dresser.
Distressing chalk paint
When your paint is completely dry, you can distress the piece with a fine grit sandpaper. I used a sanding block and it worked great. I loved that it was black underneath because it showed through slightly when I distressed it. I love it! Chalk paint distresses beautifully!
I really like how it brought out the detail of the drawers that might not otherwise be noticed without distressing.
Sealing Chalk Paint with wax
Finally, I used the above pictured Paste Finishing Wax by Minwax. It has a light tan tone to the wax but it is not noticeable at all once applied to the painted piece. I have used it on cream and grey and not had a major color change due to the color of the wax. If you are doing a white piece, make sure you get a clear wax.
All you have to do is use an old t-shirt or soft cloth to apply to the piece. I used my cloth and scooped a little wax out and rubbed it in a circular motion onto the dresser. It went on beautifully.
Here is where it sits in my bedroom. I still need to do some decor on it or on the wall behind it. Any ideas, send them over!
Also, be sure to check out my chalk paint desk makeover. I used the same chalk paint recipe on the desk and the chair.