Pat Rios | The Wood Spa
Pat Rios | The Wood Spa
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A Dresser Makeover With Paint and Nail Head Trim

5 Materials
$60
8 Hours
Medium

The first time a saw a painted dresser ornate with nailhead on Pinterest I became obsessed. It was a while ago, and only recently I had time to try my own version of it. It turns out it is not that hard!
a dresser makeover with paint and nail head trim, bedroom ideas, how to, painted furniture
Here is the before and after. I paid $30 for this old dresser on a tag sale, and it was in decent shape considering its age.
a dresser makeover with paint and nail head trim, bedroom ideas, how to, painted furniture
First I fixed all scratches and missing parts of the veneer with Minwax High Performance wood filler.
a dresser makeover with paint and nail head trim, bedroom ideas, how to, painted furniture
Next I gave it a good cleaning with TSP diluted in water, then primed it with Rustoleum Primer spray. I use gray or black primer when I'm painting dark colors.
a dresser makeover with paint and nail head trim, bedroom ideas, how to, painted furniture
I sprayed three coats of Marine Blue by Shabby Paints. This paint is very thick so even if you are rolling or brushing it, it's a good idea to thin it with water.
a dresser makeover with paint and nail head trim, bedroom ideas, how to, painted furniture
My following step was sealing the dresser with Polycrylic spray. In this project, sealing was not the last step because I wanted to apply dark wax, and wax HAS to be the last thing you apply to a piece. Trust me my friends, wax (if any) is ALWAYS last. I learned it the hard way.
a dresser makeover with paint and nail head trim, bedroom ideas, how to, painted furniture
To give the drawers a "vignette" frame, I applied dark was only on the edges.
a dresser makeover with paint and nail head trim, bedroom ideas, how to, painted furniture
Then I rubbed the dark areas using a clean rag with circular movements.
a dresser makeover with paint and nail head trim, bedroom ideas, how to, painted furniture
I needed about 7 yards of nailhead trim for this project. Each pack has 5 yards so I needed to buy 2 packs.
a dresser makeover with paint and nail head trim, bedroom ideas, how to, painted furniture
Applying the nailhead is pretty simple. Just measure, cut and attach the trim by hammering the loose tacks (included) to the little holes like this one in the picture.
a dresser makeover with paint and nail head trim, bedroom ideas, how to, painted furniture
I loved the original knobs so I just washed and polished them with Brasso.
That was all!
a dresser makeover with paint and nail head trim, bedroom ideas, how to, painted furniture
a dresser makeover with paint and nail head trim, bedroom ideas, how to, painted furniture
a dresser makeover with paint and nail head trim, bedroom ideas, how to, painted furniture
a dresser makeover with paint and nail head trim, bedroom ideas, how to, painted furniture
a dresser makeover with paint and nail head trim, bedroom ideas, how to, painted furniture
I hope this tutorial encourages you to try it. You can find more information on my blog post.
Feel free to ask me any questions!
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