How To: Make a Chalkboard Labeled Chest of Drawers

How To: Make a Chalkboard Labeled Chest of Drawers

Gregory Han
Feb 25, 2009

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Title: Chalkboard labeled chest of drawers

Name: Jennifer

Time: 1 weekend

Cost: $80

"Chalkboard paint" have been perennial favourite reader search keywords, so we wouldn't be surprised if Jennifer's February Jumpstart proves to be one of the more popular DIY inspiration projects. Her February Jumpstart project customize a ho-hum dresser into something with a bit more pizazz, offering the additional feature of labeling each drawer. Click above for the pics and head below for all the instructions. Give Jennifer a THUMBS UP if you find this project helpful....

Materials used


  • paint primer
  • rollers and paint trays
  • drop cloth
  • painter's tape for delicate surfaces
  • base color (I used Martha Stewart India Ink in a semi-gloss finish)
  • chalkboard paint
  • chest of drawers that needs a new look
  • new hardware (optional)
  • chalk


  • Prepare old dresser to be painted: wash surface, remove old hardware, etc.
  • Paint on primer, let dry.
  • Paint 3 coats of base color with appropriate drying time between each coat.
  • Tape out the design for the "chalkboard" label areas. I decided on a various widths of angled lines, with one thick enough to act as the drawer label. (Be creative, I also thought it would look good with a simple rectangle, slightly smaller but mimicking the drawer shape.) Paint the taped-off areas. **Keep a wet rag handy when doing this part, just in case you go outide the lines.** Let dry.
  • Attach new hardware. Label drawers with chalk. Enjoy.

I've had this chest of drawers for years and it never seemed to fit in my apartment. The drawers were too small for clothes. So, I thought the chalkboard labels would make it great for items that never seem to have a place. I was able to find all of the supplies at a big box hardware store.

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