Here's a dresser that I bought from the Salvation Army over 25 years ago. It's sturdy, solid wood, mid-century construction has held up through at least 8 moves and multiple homes, and even though it was dinged up, and still had a few old burn marks on it, it has served me well!
My tween daughter has been hiding this dresser in her closet because "it doesn't go with" her room. So I asked her what it would take to get it out of her closet: "Paint it purple, please!" was her answer.
In order to create a deep color purple, I experimented with some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®, and came up with the following recipe: 4 parts Napoleonic Blue + 2 parts Henrietta + 1 part Emporer's Silk. The color met my daughter's approval.
First, I removed the handles on the drawers. Next, I wiped the surfaces down with a TSP/water solution, then wiped it again with a wet sponge. Then, I brushed on 1 coat of my custom Chalk Paint® mixture, and let it dry. The one coat looked so good, I didn't bother with a second.
Next, I used a stencil (Lilly Scroll from Cutting Edge Stencils) and some metallic silver acrylic paint (Liquitex) to stencil the drawer fronts. This is a little tricky because the stencil was larger than the drawer widths. I aligned it visually, and masked (with tape) any parts of the design that would looks strange going off the edges. I applied the metallic paint with a stencil brush, stippling with very little paint on the brush. I'd wash and dry the stencil then repeat the process on the next drawer while the first was drying. Because I like to multi-task, I did this during commercial breaks while watching tv.
The final step was to paint the drawer handles. I wanted them to be metallic silver (for which there is no chalk paint), so I lightly sanded them, wiped them with a damp cloth, and sprayed them with Rustoleum primer. After it was dry, I sprayed them with Rustoleum metallic silver (one light coat).
Here's where I learned an important tip:
Don't leave spray paint in a cold garage right before you're going to use it!! We've been having a cold spell, and the silver spray paint was probably 40F before I picked it up and sprayed it on the first two handles. Here's what happened:
Uh oh! After they dried, I brought the spray paint in the house to warm up for a few hours. Then I sanded these handles and tried again. Second time worked like a charm!
After waxing and buffing the dresser and drawers (not the handles), here's the finished result: