Tips For An Effortless Wet Distressed Dresser

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Tips For An Effortless Wet Distressed Dresser

I love the look of a distressed dresser, and it makes the bumps of life on your furniture so much easier to swallow. Oh, it’s gonna happen. It’s just a matter of time, and when it does, it just adds a bit more character.

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Tips For An Effortless Wet Distressed Dresser – Before

This dresser is getting a makeover! A black distressed look with chalk mineral paint and sealed black wax.

Choosing The Right Paint For A Wet Distressed Dresser

I use chalk mineral paint when I want a distressed look on my furniture makeovers. Having a peekaboo of the beautiful wood showing through gives it so much character. You can’t go wrong with a black and brown combo. It’s a classic!

This distressed dresser was painted with two coats of caviar chalk mineral paint and allowed to dry overnight. Shortly after painting, I used a kitchen scrubber sponge to distress the edges on carefully chosen areas to add a bit of depth and character. It’s so easy! Just wet the kitchen sponge, use the scrubber side to carefully remove the amount of paint you want to be removed, and then wipe the distressed area clean with the smooth side of the sponge. Done!

How to wet distress a dresser using chalk mineral paint.

Sealing Your Distressed Dresser With Black Wax

This is really cool! Did you know you can make your own black wax with clear wax? It’s a great compliment to this black chalk-painted, distressed dresser, and you don’t have to worry about streaking with the wax over the black. Black-painted furniture can get tricky, but using this wax method works! I love the feel of a waxed piece; sometimes, it’s the logical choice.

How To Make Black Wax

To make black wax for your distressed dresser, use about 4 Tbsp of soft furniture wax and add about 1 tsp of the Caviar chalk mineral paint. I really just eyeballed it. Just add enough paint to the wax to tint it a bit. The chalk mineral paint is highly pigmented, so it’s great for making colored waxes with their paints.

I added a black chalk mineral paint to my clear furniture wax to create a beautiful colored wax to compliment the distressed dresser.

Sealing The Distressed Dresser

Applying black wax is fairly easy when you use a soft wax brush. To apply it to your chalk painted furniture, use a circular motion to make sure the wax covers the paint completely; then, smooth it out in one direction. If you allow the wax to dry in the circular pattern without smoothing it out, the finish will be uneven when it dries, and you’ll be calling me up for help. LOL, It ain’t pretty! Allow it to dry, then buff it with a clean, lint-free cloth until it’s silky smooth on the distressed dresser.

How to apply DIY black wax to a distressed dresser for a gorgeous streak free finish!

Black Distressed Dresser

Tips For An Effortless Distressed Dresser

Black is always a stunning look for dressers, and adding the distressing to it makes it even better. In my opinion… what do you think? I’d love to hear from you or say hey in the comment section below.

Until the next project… xo, Do