My 12 year old daughter really doesn't have an interest in painting furniture for fun like I do, but she has an interest in making a bit of spending cash, so she decided to transform her first dresser.
I found this well made, but outdated dresser at the GW and brought it home for her. After taking off all the hardware she sanded down the top with my electric hand sander. She is taking Woodshop as her elective at her Middle School, so she knew how to use the sander. I showed her how to seal and stain the wood top with AS dark wax/Linseed oil.
After the top was finished, I showed her how to make home-made chalk paint using plaster of paris and flat paint. She made her paint from BM Garlic Clove and then painted her piece with 2 coats.
I like to distress the edges of pieces, but she did not want that look for her piece. She also liked the gold hardware, so she kept it. The last step for this transformation was to seal it with clear wax and then sell it!