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French Serpentine Dresser Makeover

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The minute I saw this set I fell head over heels in love with it. I love the lines and the curvy front that is a serpentine.
It was pretty rough around the edges, and the top of the nightstand was in pretty bad shape. It would therefore would need some work. But, nothing I couldn't handle.
I knew I wanted to do a nice neutral to compliment this stunning dresser and bring out the details. We went with a combination of RePurpose ChromaColor Cocoa and Muslin.
The top was getting stained in RePurpose Stain in English Ironstone White. This meant the top would be sanded to bare wood.
Once I had the top sanded down, I scuffed up the base of the dresser after I cleaned it good with Krud Kutter.
This was after one coat of the stain and the 2nd coat of the paint mixture... I used a foam brush and a rag to apply the stain. It was so easy and went on super even. Prior to staining I did use a pre-stain wood conditioner.
I made a custom mix to create a beautiful taupe color. It turned out to be the perfect color. I don't have the mixture ratio because well I always just mix until I get the color I am looking for.
I let the stain dry while I removed the hardware from all 15 drawers (3 on the nightstand 12 on the dresser).... And, then I cleaned & prepped the lot of drawers for painting...
I spray painted the hardware an oil rubbed bronze to match what would be part of the detail.. I absolutely love this hardware. But, if you've never worked with this kind of dresser, keep in mind that because of the curves there is going to be one long screw and one short. Also, the hardware has formed a bit to the curve so I set myself up a system to ensure I kept the hardware with the right drawer (sorry didn't think to take a picture). It's a little time consuming, but in the end it's worth it and saves time & a few choice words if the handles don't fit just right!!
Once everything was painted and dried, I distressed in the areas I wanted to show the wood through the paint. I explain the distressing process below. One of the many great things about this paint that I love is the buttery smoothness that it is, and how easy it is to use & goes on. By using 0000 steel wool in between coats gives you even a more smooth sleek look.
I used 2 coats of paint and 3 light coats of stain. Once fully dry I went over the entire pieces with hemp oil.
I let the pieces sit over night. The next morning I used dark wax to create a beautiful glaze effect.
This process was the most time consuming and tedious of all since I wanted to get into all of the details on all the drawers.
But it was so well worth it... The top you can still see the wood grain coming through and I love that it has just a bit of difference from the base. It's hard to see in the pictures the grain, but it's really a stunning result.
RePurpose ChromaColor paint truly brought this set from a rough around the edges to updated truly stunning set.
If you haven't yet tried the paint & stain line, you should be checking it out. It comes in sample sizes so you can give each of your favorite colors a roll. I've used several colors and each time I use the paints I fall more in love with the ease of use.
I have also completed several other projects using the paint/stain line that you can find on my blog (dining room table set, and a few more that I will be writing about soon). One of those coming up is a cute side table painted in garden green and stained in jadeite. And, I have a few projects lined up that have ChromaColor and the Tinted Tincture Stain calling their name.
The paint is pretty fool proof & forgiving. It is unlike chalk paint and has a smooth satin finish that you don't have to wax or seal unless it is a high traffic piece. Distressing the pieces are as simple as using either the "000" steel wool saturated in water, this method brings out the soft smooth finish. Or you can use wet sanding, which is the method I used on this piece. I use a sanding block and wet it either with a spritzer bottle or dipping it into a bowl of water. I then sand where I'd like it to be distressed. If you choose not to distress, you can use the "000" steel wool lightly to create a beautiful smooth finish. I've done all of the methods including not lightly sanding at all in the end. I've loved every single piece & the gorgeous outcome it's provided.
I hope you love it as much as I do..

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