I'm pretty excited to share this makeover with you. It's my jam completely (hint: there is blue involved). I got an insider tip about a church sale happening, and got to get in early to get my pick of furniture. Would you believe they had this maple dresser priced at $10?! Yep, ten bucks!! I love finding pieces like this - for a low price like that, it means I can play with a new finish and not be afraid of taking too much time on an expensive piece that needs to sell quick.
This is also a fun makeover because the transformation is pretty big, and since this style dresser is easy to find, it would be an easy one for you to replicate.
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The first step (and this is almost always my first step) was to sand down the top and stain it (in Coffee Bean stain). I wanted a really rustic looking top, so I sanded this with 80 grit sandpaper, then stained it and called it good. I sealed the top with three coats of High Performance Top Coat in the flat finish, it's smooth and beautiful.
The base of this piece was painted in General Finishes Klein Blue Milk Paint. It's a BRIGHT blue, but you want to start with a bright color for the base, it will help the piece from getting too muted or muddy. I only used one coat. You can still see some wood showing through, but we will use that to our advantage here.
The next layer was an all over glaze application in Pitch Black Glaze Effects. It really gives the "dark" to the dark denim look. I share some tricks and tips about glazing in the tutorial video!
The final layer, after the glaze was dry, was to dry brush a tiny tiny bit of Seagull Gray Milk Paint. This really makes it look like "denim". Just those little hints of the lighter color brightens and highlights it a bit.
I kept the hardware really simple on this piece. I wanted the finish to stand out, not the hardware. Then with a little staging to make it pretty, here it is...
Isn't it adorable?! I love me some blue. I love me some multi-layer blue even more. The wood top "grounds" the piece a bit, giving some contrast and a bit more rustic touch to it. Then the blue just pops off the wood.
This is certainly a finish I'll be using again soon! What are you getting ready to paint??
Don't forget to check out the full video tutorial of this process.
Until next time, happy painting!