This poor dresser was literally kicked to the curb. I paid the owner to drive it around the block to my house and it sat in my garage for years. Finally, I paid another neighbor to bring it to my booth. It is time this old dresser gets a French look makeover.
It is a quality wood dresser but so beat up. The paint job was bad, just plain bad. To start, before I had the dresser taken to my booth I cleaned it with white cleaning vinegar and water.
The dresser got patched up with wood filler and sanded down. I completed the prep work over a series of a few days.
Let the painting begin! The first coat had to cover up the shoddy gray paint job. So I mixed up Poppie’s Furniture Paint Powder with a dark gray.
I used the same color on the desk and chair I painted a while back. Some customers going by liked the dark gray but since they didn’t offer to buy it I continued on with my plan.
I took the drawer’s home to work on them because it was easier. In the meantime the dresser went from the gray to cream. It took two coats, then I allowed it to cure.
While the paint was curing on the dresser I worked on the drawers. They got the same paint treatment. But then I stenciled a French script on each drawer.
To make the dresser look aged I used a 220 and 400 grit sandpaper. Sanding with a heavy hand in some areas to mimic a faded look. I did the same with the dresser. It isn’t heavily distressed but in some areas the gray shows through. I like wrapping the sandpaper around a sanding sponge. It gives better control.
The hardware was cleaned in the slow cooker. They got spray painted in white but I decided they needed to be painted the same as the dresser. After the drawer pulls dried I sanded them to give them the aged look I was going after.
Everything, including the drawer pulls, was waxed with a clear wax and the dark.
This old dresser gets a French look makeover with paint. It was worth the save, don’t you think so?
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