The past year I realized I was stuck in a rut. I was spending my spare time refinishing furniture for other people and ignoring my own. I wanted to surround myself with pieces I was proud of and weren’t just filling space. I needed a new dresser! I hunted for one with good bones and character. I found this charmer on kijiji. The dresser was perfect. It was fairly old and needed some TLC, but I loved it anyway! I loved the simple lines, the key holes, castor feet AND it came with a mirror! The pictures don’t portray how bad the finish was: sticky, stained, scratched and just plain icky.
I stripped and sanded the whole dresser before painting. It took a few coats to eat through the old finish. I chose a stripper that was environmentally friendly, but it was still smelly. Key part to stripping, do it outside! Wait a second…er, you know what I mean! 😉
On the base and mirror I used milk paint. I mixed Slate and Buttermilk (Old Fashioned Milk Paint) to make a light grey. I didn’t add a bonding agent since I figured the bare wood would soak up the paint. I didn’t want too much chippy-ness, so I was hoping for the best!
I stained the top and drawer fronts dark walnut, sealing with Hemp Oil (Miss Mustard Seed). First time using hemp oil and I loved it! It has a slight grassy smell and doesn’t give me a headache. Perfect for refinishing furniture indoors.
I kept the original hardware after giving them a good cleaning and spray painting with oil-rubbed bronze. I wish I saw this tip before I spray painted mine!
I absolutely love the way it turned out. The colour is a nice light grey-blue. The paint adhered well to the raw wood and cracked nicely. I was tempted to get a new mirror cut, but after living with the dresser for awhile, I love the imperfect, antique character.
Thanks for stopping in! Until next time!