Pearl Effects Metallic Dresser Tutorial | Glitter for Grown-ups

We’re back to the Summer Tutorial Series today!

Here’s where we’ve been:

Week 1: Java Gel Stain Tutorial

Week 2: Painting Laminate Furniture

Week 3: Color Washing Tutorial

Week 4: Wood Stain Tutorial

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And today’s is fabulous.  It’s all about that glam metallic look that is so popular today!  Let’s call it “glitter for grown-ups”, also known as Pearl Effects

Today I’m making over this dresser, it was questionable at best when I bought it, but the price was right and it’s a Drexel so I knew it was sturdy and worth the makeover.


Yuck.  The top veneer was peeling off, so I used this tried and true method to get the veneer off, then I primed the top and painted the whole dresser (including the hardware which WOULD NOT come off) in two coats of General Finishes Seagull Gray Milk Paint.  It was already looking 100x better but I wanted to take it up a notch further so on to the Pearl Effects.

Look at the finished result, isn’t that lovely?

Here's what you need:

220 Grit Sandpaper
Milk Paint (Tutorial Dresser painted in Seagull Gray Milk Paint )
General Finishes Pearl Effects
General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat (or Satin) finish
● Stir stick
Purdy XL Cub Paint Brush
Rub n’ Buff (optional)

It’s really not too complicated either because we are using it as a topcoat. I used a little Pewter Rub N Buff on some of the details just to make them pop a little more.

Here’s the video tutorial…

I’d love to see before and afters if you try it, we are partying this summer with before and afters using #refinishthis and #notuglyforlong (on Instagram and Facebook). 

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