Learn How to Re-purpose That Old Dresser

TV stand before
TV stand before

I love to re-purpose furniture

I have been using chalk paint for everything!  Lately, I’ve been on a kick to try to figure out ways to use our “unwanted” furniture.  Instead of getting rid of a piece of furniture, I try to think of other practical uses for it.  I am a very sentimental person, and even though it drives my husband crazy, I have a hard time letting things go.  I want to hold on to things that have meaning and history in my life.  Things that remind me of times of my childhood.  So for years now, I’ve tried to get my daughters to use my old bedroom furniture (that was already pretty old).  In my most recent attempt, I even painted the dresser and vanity teal with a painstakingly white trim.

When my daughter reluctantly confided in me that she no longer wanted the dresser (she preferred hanging her clothes in the closet), I agreed to take it out for her.  We put it in our already crowded garage while I stewed for a bit about what to do with it.  Then it hit me!  I would turn it into a TV stand!

I decided to use chalk paint so I wouldn’t have to do much sanding and it would easily cover up the dark teal.  I’m really into the old farmhouse decor right now and the distressed look.  I rummaged through my supplies and found that I had enough paint left over from a previous project, so this cost me nada!  #winning!

Dresser Before

How to use chalk paint

If you’ve never used chalk paint, then you are in for a treat.  I use Annie Sloan chalk paint, which comes in a variety of colors, and will practically go on any surface.  You can choose to distress or not, and use light or dark wax to further customize the look.

List of Supplies

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  • Chalk Paint (I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in Coco and Old White)
  • Soft Wax (I used Annie Sloan in Clear)
  • Paint Brush ( any of these will do)
  • Wax Brush (I used an Annie Sloan wax brush but one like this would do just fine)
  • Lint free rags for buffing ( like these )
  • Fine grit sandpaper ( like you see here )
  • Gentle Cleanser
  • Spray paint if needed for the hardware (I love Rust-oleum and used oil rubbed bronze on my dresser)


annie sloan coco
annie sloan coco


old white
Annie Sloan in Old White




Steps for chalk painting

  • Gently go over furniture with a fine grit sandpaper just to rough it up a bit.  This step is optional.  If you don’t feel like sanding, it won’t be detrimental to the project.sanding drawer
  • Make sure furniture is clean and dry, using the gentle cleanser.
  • Remove hardware
  • Now you are ready to start painting!  Since I had the teal color underneath, I decided to use the coco color over it to try to cover it a little more and add some brown to show through after I distressed it.  Don’t worry too much about brush strokes or full coverage.  You will more than likely need to do at least one more coat.  I applied two coats of each color.  This is what it looked like after one coat of the old white.  Luckily chalk paint doesn’t take too long to dry between coats, either.  Another benefit!drawer with one coat old white
  • Once you are happy with how your paint looks, you can either take this time to distress or wait and distress after you wax.  I always distress before applying the wax so that if I mess up, it will be easier to fix it.  The only downfall of doing it this way is it does create quite a mess!  But that’s what vacuums are for 🙂
  • If you choose to distress, just take some sandpaper and rough it up around the edges and anywhere normal wear and tear would be.  This is my favorite step!
  • Once you have everything dry and clean of any dust from distressing, it’s time to wax.  This is my least favorite step.  You get a little bit of wax on your brush and work in small areas on your furniture.  Take a lint free cloth and buff it out until it’s smooth.  Continue working in small areas until you are finished.  You really have to use some elbow grease on this step.  I usually enlist my husband to help after awhile.

    distressed corner
    Distressed corner

  • If your hardware needs a facelift, a little bit of spray paint can go a long way.  I love Rust-0leum’s products and used oil rubbed bronze on my dresser.


finished product

Finished product!

I eventually plan on replacing the middle drawers with baskets, but until then, I still think it is a huge improvement!


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