Lowboy Waterfall Dresser

During lockdown 1.0, my parents found this outside a house just down the road from them. I love the sign the “donater” left on it!

I scoured the internet for some inspiration and found this from Orphanswithmakeup.com. It is stunning! I hadn’t done much in terms of distressing so a free piece was a perfect piece to experiment on.

Click here for a list of basic supplies you’ll need for your chalk paint project and here for the typical steps.


  • Annie Sloan chalk paint in Duck Egg Blue
  • Annie Sloan clear wax
  • General Finishes Gel Stain in Nutmeg
  • General Finishes Gel Topcoat

How I refinished this piece:

  1. I started by scuff sanding the top of the dresser. I used 120 grit to rough up the surface. For step by step on how to apply gel stain over an existing finish, click here.
  2. I taped off the edges to make sure that the stain didn’t get where I didn’t want it. I applied 2 coats of stain followed by 2 coats of the gel topcoat. General Finishes makes it so easy to apply the gel stain over an existing finish.

3. I cleaned the piece using Krud Kutter to remove any grease and grime that had built up. After completely clean, I got to painting. I applied 3 coats of Annie Sloan’s chalk paint in Duck Egg.

4. This is when I decided to try my hand at distressing! I used 100 grit sandpaper on edges that would typically get wear and tear.

Tip: It’s best to distress before you apply wax. That way if you do too much in one area or don’t like the way it looks, you can just paint over it!

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