Dresser Flip With Napoleonic Blue


Dresser Flip With Napoleonic Blue

Below is the tutorial on how I flipped this Curvy Veneer Dresser using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Napoleonic Blue with clear and dark wax finish! I hope you enjoy this Dresser Flip!




Hand Sander

220 Grit Sandpaper

Annie Sloan Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint and Brush

Annie Sloan Clear Wax and Brush

Annie Sloan Dark Wax and Brush

Rust-oleum Rustic Mist Spray Paint


I love Estate Sales. Estate Sales are number one when it comes to finding beautiful, well taken care of, vintage furniture. Estate Sales are usually a little splurge for my modest budget but I was able to scoop up this Curvy Veneer Dresser for $50! It also comes with a vanity mirror that isn’t pictured. It sat in my garage all winter just waiting for it to be “flipping season” again!


I flipped a desk a while back and LOVED the way it turned out so I decided to do the same technique on this dresser. I used Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan. It only needed two coats.

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I lightly sanded the entire dresser with my hand sander and 220 grit sandpaper. This is an optional step. I just do it because I’m obsessed with smooth surfaces.


After cleaning off all the saw dust with a clean cloth, it was time to wax! Waxing is a hard technique that I’m still working on, watch¬†this video¬† if you are new to wax. I will give you some helpful tips that I’ve learned along the way!


A little wax goes a LONG way. You can always add more if you need to but start off really small. Work the wax into the bristles of your brush. I prefer to wax with the grain. Gently (thats key) brush on the wax with the grain of wood. If you press to0 hard right at the start, too much wax will come off on the furniture and it will be hard to blend. You can work the wax in with more pressure once you have little or no wax left on your brush.


After you have applied the wax, immediately take a clean, lint free cloth and wipe off the excess. When you run your hand over it, it should feel pretty smooth and not sticky. It might feel tacky because it takes about a week to cure but your hand shouldn’t get stuck in clumps of wax. Once you apply the clear wax, apply the dark wax over the top. It’s best to apply dark wax over a fresh coat of clear wax because it makes it easier to work with. Take caution when using the dark wax! You want to start out with an even smaller amount on your brush than you did with the clear wax. Using the same technique, apply the dark wax with gentle pressure, with the grain and wipe off the excess. You will also want to use a separate waxing brush for this technique. Clear wax goes with one brush and dark goes with another.


I wasn’t originally planning on painting the hardware but after I washed it, it looked pretty bad! I wanted it to match the original color as much as possible so I went with this Rustic Mist color from Rust-Oleum and it was perfect! Once it has dried, attach your hardware and you’re finished!

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