This poor dresser was literally kicked to the curb. I paid the owner to drive it around the block to my house and it sat in my garage for years. Finally, I paid another neighbor to bring it to my booth. It is time this old dresser gets a French look makeover.
It is a quality wood dresser but so beat up. The paint job was bad, just plain bad. To start, before I had the dresser taken to my booth I cleaned it with white cleaning vinegar and water.
The dresser got patched up with wood filler and sanded down. I completed the prep work over a series of a few days.
Let the painting begin! The first coat had to cover up the shoddy gray paint job. So I mixed up Poppie’s Furniture Paint Powder with a dark gray.
I used the same color on the desk and chair I painted a while back. Some customers going by liked the dark gray but since they didn’t offer to buy it I continued on with my plan.
I took the drawer’s home to work on them because it was easier. In the meantime the dresser went from the gray to cream. It took two coats, then I allowed it to cure.
While the paint was curing on the dresser I worked on the drawers. They got the same paint treatment. But then I stenciled a French script on each drawer.
To make the dresser look aged I used a 220 and 400 grit sandpaper. Sanding with a heavy hand in some areas to mimic a faded look. I did the same with the dresser. It isn’t heavily distressed but in some areas the gray shows through. I like wrapping the sandpaper around a sanding sponge. It gives better control.
The hardware was cleaned in the slow cooker. They got spray painted in white but I decided they needed to be painted the same as the dresser. After the drawer pulls dried I sanded them to give them the aged look I was going after.
Everything, including the drawer pulls, was waxed with a clear wax and the dark.
This old dresser gets a French look makeover with paint. It was worth the save, don’t you think so?
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Materials and Supplies
Poppie’s Furniture Paint Powder Brush
French Script Stencil Clear Wax
Dark Wax Drill
Buffing Brush White Cleaning Vinegar
Wood Filler Sanding Sponge
220 Grit Sandpaper 400 Grit Sandpaper
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