One of my favorite parts of refinishing furniture is transforming pieces that are out of style, old, ugly, forgotten (sometimes trashed - literally found in the dumpster) into something new. Pieces that will be used and enjoyed for years to come. Call it furniture redemption.
My other favorite part is transforming pieces that are special to someone and creating new looks and styles that fit their home a little better. That's the case with this makeover. A sweet gal who has been one of my very best clients, coming to every classy yard sale and furniture event we've done, had a special set that needed a little love.
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Did you grow up with one of these antique white bedroom sets? I think every child of the 80's did, all some variation of cream and gold, with a laminate top. I had one!
This set came from her mother and she wanted it re-freshed so she could use it in her new nursery! She wanted the same overall look, so we chose to paint the body in Antique White Milk Paint. It gave it a crisp clean look that really made all the difference.
The tops of these were laminate, and they were in good shape, so to keep them as durable as possible we left them as is. The tops matched the Antique White almost perfectly.
If you have a laminate top that you don't like, you can paint over it with a little extra prep! You can see my tutorial for painting laminate here.
I distressed the edges back to the raw wood using 120 grit sandpaper. That gives just a hint of the shabby chic look as well as hides any future nicks or scratches.
To update the gold, I pulled out my go-to, Rub n' Buff in Antique Gold. Rub n' Buff is metallic wax, it's easy to apply (I just use a q-tip) and instantly brightens dull lifeless metals. I applied it in the stripes along the top of the dressers and on the hardware. *TIP: if you get a little Rub n' Buff where you don't want it, it comes right off with some mineral spirits*
There was also a bed and mirror that went with this set and was done the same way to match the dressers. I'm just so smitten with this set. How sweet it will be in the nursery paired with light pink and gray fabric. That's one lucky little girl!
Ready to be used and loved for another generation! What a difference a little paint makes.
Thanks for joining me for this sweet makeover. Until next time - keep creating!