First I want to thank you for sharing in my excitement the other day as I helped announce the Minwax Color of the Year with a refinished dresser reveal. I got a can of Athenian Black from the local Annie Sloan Chalk Paint stockist and planned to use this animal print poster board as part of the project. If you look at the gold pull below, you’ll see that the bolts aren’t centered with the front of the arrow. Previously, Graphite was the closest color option to black and it’s really more of a dark gray like a chalkboard.
You only might need to prime (with a clear or tinted primer) if painting laminate furniture (fake wood) or a slick surface. If you brush over the same area before it’s completely dry, you’ll end up with a lot more texture than you probably expected.
I applied about 2-3 coats of black Chalk Paint on this Ethan Allen nightstand. Once it’s all dry, lightly sand the piece for smoothness and more on the edges and curves to distress it.
You can see in these photos that once you sand the black Chalk Paint, the edges will look light gray. Wipe the sanding dust away and I’ll tell you how to overcome the gray edges just a little further below after we line the drawers. I wanted this piece to be fun and a little modern, so I bought this animal print poster board to line the drawer. I don’t always line drawers but it does give a makeover an extra special finishing touch, like a surprise inside.
You can also glue the paper on with different products, but I usually use matte Mod Podge and a foam brush. Apply a thin layer across the front of the paper and then press it down – gently rub back and forth for 1-2 minutes. It gives it a gorgeous rich finish and covers up those gray edges from when we sanded earlier. It comes off fairly easily when washing – but don’t worry about the cloth, you can just toss it in the trash.
I just love how Chalk Paint can make a piece look vintage, shabby chic, or even sleek and modern depending on how you use it. Here’s a before and after reminder – feel free to share or pin any images in this post to easily find this project again later.