We’ve got another Country Chic Paint makeover for you!! If you haven’t tried Country Chic Paint, you’re missing out! It’s my favorite pre-mixed chalk style paint on the market! It’s easy to work with, sticks so well, sprays amazingly, distresses like a dream, and I just love their special finish products!
Aren’t these cute little antique dressers just the cutest? It’s definitely a petite little thing and will be adorable in a little girls room or even an entry way OR in that small space that needs a little somethin’.
And it’s for sale! Update: SOLD
For This Makeover I Used
Country Chic Paint’s
I also used
Stain Blocking Primer
Stir Stick and Plastic Disposable Bowl
Flat Edged Tool
The Prep and Repairs
These cute old dressers have a ton of character because of how old they are. Some of these were built over 100 years ago, when power tools weren’t a thing, so everything was done by hand, which creates so much character. Some things need fixin’ to make it more sturdy and strong, and some things should be left alone to keep the piece true to it’s original beauty.
So, when we brought it home, one corner of the top was broken off. Luckily the corner piece was still attached with a nail, so we took off the top, glued the corner piece back to the main piece, and reattached the top to the dresser. Then we reinforced the sides and even filled in a large gap on one side of the dresser with Bondo. (Learn more about repairing furniture with Bondo HERE!)
Then I prepped it like I do every single piece. It’s really so important to make sure the furniture is ready for paint.
The Raised Embossing
Each drawer received royal treatment with some fresh new texture! This step is soo easy but totally creates so much detail and extra fun! I wrote more about it here, on these end tables I did. But the basic process is this. I mixed equal parts of Country Chic Paint’s Texture Powder with Dark Roast. It should be about the consistency of peanut butter. Then I grabbed the stencil and taped it smack dab in the center. I drug the flat edged tool, with a little bit of texture paste on the edge, across the stencil to fill in the stencil. I made sure to keep it to a thin layer of texture everywhere. Then I removed the stencil, worked on the next drawer until I had done all the drawers. THEN I went back to the first drawer, lined the stencil up where it should be, and continued the pattern.
Also, it’s always best to wash off the stencil right after use so the texture and paint doesn’t dry onto it.
I let the texture on the drawers dry overnight and then moved on.
SIDENOTE: Bleed through is a beast, so here’s how I prevent it!
Because I was using a light color, and because I had sanded down to the bare wood in some places, I went over everything with two coats of General Finishes Stain Blocking Primer. This stuff is AMAZING! If you’re sick of using shellac, or a shellac based primer, only to get bleed through in some areas, you have to try the Stain Blocking Primer! Since I have started using it, I haven’t had any bleed through!! And if you have dealt with much bleed through, you know it is a major pain! Plus it doesn’t smell as strong as shellac!
Let me tell ya, I have had my fair share of projects that I had completely finished, only to find that it is bleeding! Sometimes the red, orange or brown spots don’t come through until you’ve sealed up the paint and are completely done. It sometimes doesn’t even show until a day or two AFTER I’m done. So I’ve learned to protect myself against it, and I almost always prime my piece before hand! Even if I use a dark color. It still bleeds through sometimes! Not worth it!
I will say though, if I’m going to finish a piece in a dark color, I will usually stick to the shellac. Just because it is clear when it dries. Then when I distress there isn’t any white showing between the wood and the finish.
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The Painted Finish
Once the primer was dry, I painted on this amazing Country Chic grey called Sunday Tea.
After all of the paint dried, I went over everything with 220 grit sandpaper and distressed it all up like no one’s business. This is why I used Dark Roast with the Texture powder. Dark Roast is a really nice deep brown that will show up almost the color of wood. So when you go to distress the texture, it looks like wood underneath. Booya!
Of course I wiped all of the dust off the dresser and then I sprayed on multiple coats of Poly. This one is my absolute favorite poly. I haven’t seen it yellow overtime like I have seen the Minwax poly do in just a day.
Learn ALL of my tips and tricks on How to Spray Polyurethane here!
The Finishing Touches
And then to finish it up, I added glass knobs so the texture could be the star of the show.
And that’s that! This little cutie is all finished up!
So now here’s the question.. would you add raised embossing to your dresser drawers? Let me know by commenting below!