Well here she is! The french provincial dresser in a beautiful navy blue with aged gold hardware.
If you follow us on Facebook, you probably saw the 3 different Facebook LIVE videos that we did while working on this piece. The first one was on How to prep furniture, the second on using a paint sprayer to paint furniture, and the third on finishing up the paint job and creating an aged gold finish on the hardware. They are all now in separate blog posts for easy reference and so you can easily share with family and friends who would like to learn how to refinish furniture of their own.
So let’s recap this makeover! This is what this dresser looked like before. It was a typical vintage dresser, but needed a face lift to get rid of scratches, dings and dents in the finish.
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For this project we used:
We started out by prepping the piece as we always do. Learn more about our prep process here! There is a video there to help out for you visual learners as well!
I was 99% sure this dresser would give me problems with bleed through too, especially since I sanded down past the finish in quite a few places. So I made sure to take the dresser outside and spray a couple of coats of shellac on it before I started to paint anything. I like to use shellac for this because shellac dries clear, so I can distress to my hearts content without having some other color show up between my finish and the wood.
Once I was ready to paint, I mixed 2 parts Jitterbug to 1 part Peacoat. This paint is from Country Chic’s Paint line and I just love it! It is a clay based paint (just like chalk paint) that is super environmentally friendly. These are two of my favorite colors from them, and they mixed together perfectly.
Since I love to spray my paint on, I mixed up the paint, and thinned it into my spray gun. You can learn all about that here! I seriously love my paint sprayer. So much. If you’re tired of brush strokes on your furniture, or if you’re tired of taking sooo much time to paint one piece of furniture, you really need to look into purchasing my favorite paint sprayer. It’s super fast, creates a beautiful professional finish, and it’s such a good price!
Once it was sprayed (I believe it took 2-3 coats), I lightly distressed the edges, and finished it up with multiple coats of my favorite poly to give the finish extra durability. This quick video talks all about those processes.
The hardware got a quick makeover with Rub N Buff wax. This stuff is soo amazingly easy to use and it creates a really nice finish. And it’s not just for hardware. I’ve used it for accents on furniture details, and I know others have used it for so many different things. And it comes in so many different colors. The end of this video shows how I created the look super quickly.
As for the mirror, I used my favorite “brush” to hand paint the frame, then I distressed it and sealed it with poly as well.
And that’s the makeover!
If you’re interested in purchasing this piece, it is listed in my shop here. Update: This piece is sold.
And please share this makeover with your friends, family or fellow furniture painters! I sure do appreciate all the likes, comments and shares!! So thank you so much!
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