What goes together better than a french provincial dresser and teal blue paint? Not many things! Today I’m sharing how you can recreate the look of this stunning Teal Blue Tall Dresser.
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This dresser was a long time coming. I bought it as part of a set of french provincial dressers from an estate sale. (Discover my secrets to finding furniture for cheap here!)
First I stripped the top of the dresser with my favorite less-toxic paint striper. Learn how to remove paint or stain from furniture here.
Then I tried to paint the body of the dresser with milk paint, but I hated how it was going. (Mostly because of how milk paint chips, so you could see the cream and gold paint under the blue milk paint.)
I tried again, got the milk paint to stick well, and then I waxed it.
Ugh, I hated it.
So I took a step back and took a breather…. for a couple of months. haha
The Teal Blue Tall Dresser Makeover
Homestead Blue Fusion Mineral Paint
I taped off the drawers and the top of the dresser with this pre-taped plastic (that stuff is the best when you’re spraying paint!) and some painters tape, and then I put the drawers all back into the dresser. Check out how I tape off the drawers to prevent overspray.
How to Spray Fusion Mineral Paint
If you want to spray furniture with a paint sprayer, I highly suggest learning the ropes with a cheaper paint sprayer like this Wagner Double Duty Paint Sprayer that I used for 3 years.
Here is a crash course on how to use a paint sprayer!
Fusion Mineral Paint has to be thinned with water before you can spray it. But it sprays and dries into a beautiful durable finish that doesn’t have to be sealed like chalk paint.
Just follow the steps in this post on how to thin paint for a paint sprayer.
Fusion Mineral Paint Dry Time
I painted 2 coats of Homestead Blue, letting the paint dry for 2 hours after each coat.
I have painted this dresser and another small 3 drawer dresser and I still have paint left in the pint-sized jar, so Fusion Mineral Paint goes pretty far!
Sealing Fusion Mineral Paint
Then I sprayed 2 coats of my all time favorite water-based polyurethane to give the new teal blue paint some added protection AND give it a satin sheen.
Learn ALL of my tips and tricks on How to Spray Polyurethane here!
Yes, Fusion Mineral Paint doesn’t have to be sealed like chalk paint, but it still dries in a matte finish, making it hard to wipe dust off. Plus, I like to protect my furniture from getting easily scratched or ruined as much as I can.
Gel Stained Dresser Top
To finish off the look, I wiped a coat of Java Gel Stain (a gorgeous dark stain with a hint of red) onto the freshly sanded top.
Once the gel stain was dry, (after 48 hours) I sealed the stain with 3 coats of Minwax Wipe-on Poly in Satin.
(Learn more about staining furniture with gel stain)
Gel Stain Vs. Wood Stain
I don’t have a photo of it, but there was a chip in the top of the dresser (on the back edge). I originally filled it in with a little bit of Kwikwood and was a little bit nervous about how it would stain.
A regular wood stain has to sink into the surface in order for it to really stain. But, gel stain was made to be able to sit on top of the surface, while creating a stained look.
That’s why I used Gel Stain on the top of this dresser instead of a regular wood stain.
The gel stain made the Kwikwood patch and the rest of the sanded-down raw wood look seamless! You can’t even tell that the patch is there! I wish I had a photo of it, but I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it.
Fusion Mineral Paint Antiquing Glaze
I wanted to do one extra thing to make the teal blue even deeper.
I have a sample size of the glaze and I used maybe half of it for this dresser.
I didn’t apply it like I normally apply glaze though.
(See how I normally apply glaze over chalk paint on this navy blue dresser here or check out this youtube video below.)
This time I just brushed it on in a thin layer, making sure to keep the strokes long, and all in the same direction.
The antiquing glaze deepened the teal blue, but it also added a little brown to the finish to make it look a little bit older.
Then I sprayed one last coat of my favorite poly for good measure.
Click here to learn how to spray polyurethane in a paint sprayer.
How to Change Hardware on a Dresser
The french hardware got thrown into my stash of vintage hardware and I attached black modern drawer pulls in their place.
Honestly, it was a pain to find hardware that would fit these holes and I wish that I would have just filled in the hardware holes before painting so I could put knobs on instead.
But I originally thought that I was going to use the french provincial style drawer pulls so I didn’t fill the holes in.
Oh well! In the end, I love these new pulls!
Looking for more? Check these blue-painted dressers out!
- Dark Teal Dresser Makeover
- Teal Painted Dresser with Stained Legs
- Paint Dipped Antique Teal Dresser
- Teal Blue Dresser with Floral Transfer
- Homestead Blue Dresser and Nighstand by Saw Nail and Paint
- Navy Blue DIY Dresser Makeover
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