Not too long ago when I was at my booth a couple bought a dresser from my friend, KT who also has a booth there. They didn’t like the finish and happen to see a project I made from a cabinet door. It was painted with a layer of blue, a bright yellow and a softer yellow. Then I decoupaged a map in the raised area and added a vintage door knob along with a mermaid hook and drawer pull. The couple asked me to paint the dresser just like the piece I created. I was so excited to paint the dresser the same way because a little color can brighten a space.
I got to paint this in my booth space. It was so nice since I was in air conditioning, Yippee! To prepare the piece for paint, I sanded it down, lightly and wiped it down with de-glosser. There was one spot on the bottom that needed to be repaired but all in all the dresser is in good shape. The spot was fixed with wood filler. The drawer pulls removed and put aside.
Now you may or may not know this but I love to layer paint. And this dresser is no exception. The first color is a very pretty blue that was mixed up with Poppie’s Furniture Paint Powder. The coverage is so smooth and even. Here is another example of how I layer paint.
Before I painted on the bright yellow I rubbed Vaseline in strategic areas to make sure the blue showed through. This is an easy way to get the distressed look, no sanding involved.
The final coat of paint is a softer yellow. I used the wet distressing method to pull the paint away from the other two layers. A lot of times when I work on a project I will paint it and leave it for a day. It allows the paint to cure.
There was some green on the maps on the inspiration piece. The client specifically asked for green, so I mixed a little bit of the bright yellow and the blue to make a green that would blend. I brushed and blended it in various areas. It is subtle but that is how it should be.
Once the dresser was painted, it was sanded to distress areas and allow the wood to come through. Use the tack cloth to remove the dust. Then wax with clear and the dark wax.
I was going to spray paint the hardware with bronze paint but I had a feeling they were brass. I did the brass test, meaning I put a magnet on the drawer pull. If the magnet doesn’t stick the piece is brass. I couldn’t paint them so I cleaned the pulls with soap and water and then put them back on the dresser.
I love neutrals like everyone else but I always remember a favorite designer, commenting on her show and I am paraphrasing here; now that you have all the neutrals a little color can brighten a space. She was so right. My clients were very pleased and I noticed the inspiration piece had sold. I wonder if they bought it. And if the picture on the dresser looks familiar it is the one where I painted the mat.
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