Teen Dresser: Black Distressed

This is the Teen Dresser: "Black Distressed" series featuring a small brown dresser that has been hiding in a closet because according to its owner, "it's so ugly".   

A small dresser it is, but, with mighty bones; making it the perfect candidate for a make-over.   My friend Erica asked me to paint her teen son's dresser after seeing my website and getting inspired to get the job done!  She's had thoughts about sanding and painting it for a while, but just never got to it.  (that sounds so familiar....I have a long list of "to-do" projects!)  Erica and I talked about it one night at a summer kids' function...and the dresser is now sitting in my workshop. 

Here's a look: 

Sanding the top of the dresser

Sanding the top of the dresser

I primed the dresser before applying the first layer of paint but no picture of that step!   Here you see the dresser in gray.  But why gray if Erica wants black?  Read on....

I primed the dresser before applying the first layer of paint but no picture of that step!   Here you see the dresser in gray.  But why gray if Erica wants black?  Read on....

Erica would like black distressed with new silver hardware.  To achieve a distressed appearance on dark wood that will be painted a dark color, I like to apply a lighter color first.  I do this so that when I sand the final dark coat of paint, the lighter color appears.   It has been my experience that without applying a lighter color first,  sanding a dark colored piece will leave me with the brown wood surface underneath.  This makes it tricky to distinguish the dark paint from the dark wood underneath, and a distressed appearance can be difficult to achieve.

After the base layer of gray was applied, dried and sanded, the first coat of black was applied: 

I removed all the hardware on the drawers and followed the same steps for those as I did with the dresser.   Another coat of paint, sanding, new hardware, and finish and she's ready!  

For this project I am using my home-made chalk paint.   If you are new to chalk paint I will be posting a tutorial later this week on how to make your own, as well as other helpful tips!