I have been following many blogs that re-do furniture and everyone has their own way of doing things, their own favorite brands, products, and tools. I tried to take a little something from each blog to come up with something that works for me. I thought I would share with you the steps I took to get a beat up Bassett dresser from drab to fab!
So here’s the down and dirty:
- Painted using Behr flat in one of those new sample size containers. I used two coats of homemade chalk paint (added 2 tablespoons of unsanded tile grout diluted in hot water to 1 cup of paint). I noticed the paint seemed to get thicker as I applied each coat so I added little bits of water here and there to thin out the paint a little. This seemed to do the trick. The chalk paint dries super fast – no waiting for hours.
- After this step, I sanded the edges down to the original dark wood. I then took steel wool and sanded all over – this step brought some of the previous gray paint up to the surface. I sort of liked it at this stage, but decided to add some dark Mini-wax stain. I will admit that after putting the stain on, I wasn’t sure if this was the look I was going for…but I kept going.
- Once the stain dried, I took my block sander and began sanding again – taking some of the stain back off.
- Lastly, I applied Mini Wax finishing paste to give it a smooth show-room feel.
The original hardware was white and had pieces missing. I went to Home Depot and found some inexpensive handles that I liked, but really wanted copper pulls to match the paint color. I decided to buy some copper spray paint and just paint the pulls to match. I love the way they turned out!
I learned a lot from completing this project
- I learned that home-made chalk paint is awesome and dries quickly. This negates the step of having to sand and strip off previous paint jobs.
- I learned that when you sand with steel wool and then put dark stain over it – the dark stain will seep into any and all lightly sanded areas. This is OK if that’s the look you are going for.
- I debated whether or not to polyurethane the top. But, I thought it felt fine as is with just the Mini-paste wax.
- Lastly I learned that once you complete a project that you loved doing, it's hard to let it go! Unfortunately, I have no place to put it, so this one will be going up for sale...maybe on Craig's List!
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