Jaye’s Chalkboard Dresser

Chalkboard Dresser before

Jaye needed a new dresser in her room. The cheap organizer from Target that we had been using as her changing table and dresser just wasn’t cutting it anymore. So I decided to upgrade to an awesome orange Chalkboard Dresser.

I bought this dresser from a local thrift shop. It’s a sturdy piece, but I wasn’t loving the paint job or the knobs. So I headed to Home Depot where I got paint the same color as our old living room. I sanded the dresser and started painting with my paint and primer in one.

Mistake Numero Uno: Painting a bold color over another color without actually priming requires 5 or 6 coats of paint. Seriously, it took almost an entire quart of paint to cover the horrible green dresser.

I wanted to do something a little different because a bright orange dresser isn’t “different” enough for me. 🙂 After seeing, this chalkboard dresser on Pinterest, I was convinced that Jaye’s dresser needed to be a chalkboard dresser.

I was right, don’t you think? I love the way the chalky, dusty black goes with the orange. After applying the chalkboard paint, you have to wait three days for it to dry. Then you chalk all over it and wipe it off. Now you can write on it.

I love my drawing of a cloth diaper the most. Some of the others need some work for my perfectionist soul, but I’m really liking the imperfection and hand-drawn look. I used this liquid chalk marker to draw pictures and write the name of what is in each drawer on the front. I prefer the chalk marker to regular chalk because it won’t get brushed of accidentally. But it can still be wiped off with a damp cloth.

The bin on top hold our cloth wipes and the spray bottle of homemade cloth wipe solution. I still need to do something on the wall above this, but that is being complicated by the fact that Jaye’s current favorite thing is standing up on the changing pad and turning off the light. So let’s ignore the blank wall and go back to the awesome chalkboard dresser.

Chalkboard Dresser, orange


This chalkboard dresser diy may be my favorite project ever. Right up there next to my awesomest lamp ever. Just one more before and after shot for good measure:

[pinit]Dang! That’s awesome! 
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  1. I love this!!

  2. This is a great idea! I have a dresser and two bedside tables I could do this with!

  3. I love this idea!! So cute!

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  4. Kim Woodward says:

    This turned out sooo well. I love the details on the Fraser now
    And the orange is rad.

  5. Dierdra Lanier says:

    Maybe my girls would actually keep their clothes organized if the drawers were labeled….love this idea!

  6. Leslie Stewart says:

    Love it! Great transformation! I’d like to invite you to share it at my linky party, Twirl & Take a Bow at http://www.houseontheway.com. I think it would make a great addition to the party.

  7. Love this dresser! What a great way to teach my husband where to put things away. He’s so cute/annoying when folding laundry. We’ve lived in the same place for plenty of time now that he should know where things go, but still asks every.single.time. Love the orange too. My daughter’s dresser is a very similar shade. Thanks for linking up. As you said, “Dang! That’s awesome!”

  8. This is very cool and fun!!!!!!! Love the orange:0
    I posted Halloween Chalk Board to this party. Liked your face book page. Follow me too and share a like to my Facebook page at http://www.sewsweetvintage.com
    Great Blog!!!!

  9. Kelly at Smart! School {House} says:

    LOOOOOOVE this so much!

    We love having you at Whimsy Wednesday!


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  10. Leslie Stewart says:

    Love your dresser! Thanks for sharing it at my party. Stop by tomorrow to see it featured! While you’re there, grab a “House Featured” button.

  11. printabelle says:

    How fun, I love how you can change the different names for each drawer as they get older! Thanks for linking!

  12. the thrifty challenge says:

    Incredible. What a brilliant idea. I love how it turned out, I wouldnt have thought of orange and chalkboard paint but it looks great together!

  13. So fun! I love it.

  14. This is such a great idea, it turned out perfectly!!


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