Outfitting Your Patio for Spring

How To Artifially Age A Bedroom Dresser

by Anne Wells

If you don't have the money to purchase a beautiful antique dresser for your bedroom, but you still desire the look of an authentic antique dresser and you are not afraid of doing a bit of creative work, then you can certainly make it happen. All you need to do is get a list of supplies together and then set aside two days in which you will be able to do some work on the dresser. With the proper tools and supplies, you can turn any dresser (even one brought recently at your local big department store) into one that looks like it might be from a hundred years ago.

Strip The New Paint

The first thing you will want to do is remove the paint that is currently on the dresser. You can do this by using a paint-on paint stripper. Get one that is safe for indoor work. This will allow you to work indoors and not have to worry about VOCs (volatile organic compounds) which are toxic to inhale.

Paint on the thick stripper material (it will be like a gel) and then let it sit for the amount of time suggested on the container. Then you should remove the gunk with a paint scraper and a clean rag. You will then want to clean the wood to make sure all of the paint is gone. Use mineral spirits. (Water can take a while to dry, whereas mineral spirits will evaporate quickly.)

Repaint With Chalk Paint

The dresser is now ready to paint. And if you really want to get that antique look, there is only one choice when it comes to selecting a paint. You will want to buy chalk paint. This sort of paint is perfect for creating that aged look that you see on old dressers. The chalk paint will give the dresser a faded look. You can pick any color, from rose, to powder blue, to creams, and you will get that color as well a slightly aged and tarnished look that is super easy. It's much better than trying to scuff up new paint. You really can't achieve the same look with regular paint. The chalk paint mimics a look that is only normally present in furniture that has been exposed to air and micro wear and tear for years.  

Remove Stock Hardware and Use Vintage or Replica

The last step is to replace the stock hardware (handles and latches) with more appropriate hardware. You could either look for genuine antique hardware, or else you could choose to get replica handles that have the aged look of antique brass.