I had been looking for a dresser for months when I spotted a $5 dresser at a yard sale. It was old and ugly, but for five bucks, I was willing to take my chances at refurbishing a dresser for the first time. My first plan was to sand it and stain it. When I got it home my husband mentioned the chalkboard paint we had left over from the chalkboard wall we have in the hallway. That's when the idea for a DIY Customized Kids Chalkboard Dresser was born (thanks babe).
I quickly got to work sanding the dresser, which I now refer to as "the beast". It wasn't until I started sanding it, that I realized that this dresser had been painted over multiple times, and they never even bothered to smooth out the paint runs. It took me 2 days to get it completely sanded down. After cleaning the dust off with a wet rag, I let it sit for another day to dry.
After applying 2 coats of chalkboard paint the dresser was ready to go. I had to wait another 24 hours before we could actually write on it, and because my son's favorite book series is Dairy of a Wimpy Kid we went with that theme. You may notice that in the before picture the dresser has legs. I removed them because I thought they looked girly. Not only that, but it's just one more thing for my son to have to clean under, so if the dresser is sitting on the floor, problem solved! 🙂
The awesome thing about going with chalkboard paint is that your child can decorate their own dresses with any designs they choose and you don't have to go with black either, I just used it because we had some on hand. You can check out the tinted chalkboard paint from Lowes and let your child choose the color!
Have you refurbished any furniture? I would love to see it if you have, please share your links in the comment section.