Ally
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Asked on Aug 22, 2019

What kind of paint or stain should I use on this dresser (pic)?

Robyn GarnerLynn GoinsBetsy
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Found this Gimbel Bros NY dresser. Stripped the awful paint and sanded off the old finish but now I don’t know what to do with it. It’s going in a beach house with a lot of light blues and whites. I was thinking a white wash everywhere and teal tint on the drawer fronts. What sort of paint should I use to mix the white wash? Also any advice sanding the legs would be appreciated

6 answers
  • Mogie
    on Aug 22, 2019

    Here is a site that explains how to white wash wood furniture in 8 easy steps. I hope this helps!

    https://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/how-to/a4668/whitewash-furniture/

  • Gk
    on Aug 22, 2019

    You could use a bit of paint stripper on the legs. Paint it on with an old paint brush and let it sit for a bit. If you use Citristrip you can cover it saran wrap and let it sit for a few hours. Citristrip is less harsh than some traditional strippers. Less odor but not as fast. Wipe off as much paint as you can with a old rag moistened with mineral spirits. Wet some fine steel wool with the stripper and sand off more paint. Wear gloves! An old toothbrush with stripper on it can get into the crevices. Sand with smaller pieces of regular sandpaper which will mold itself around the curves and make a sharp folded edge to get into the crevices.

  • Betsy
    on Aug 23, 2019

    Hi Ally: Citristrip is really good to use. It's non toxic and doesn't smell. It's great for getting into little curlicue areas, just brush it on, let it sit for a while and use a toothbrush or chopstick to get the paint out. As for the whitewash, here are a couple of sites that may help:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHOfyOANDj4


    https://m.wikihow.com/Make-Whitewash


    Good luck

  • Betsy
    on Aug 23, 2019

    Hi Ally: Citristrip is really good to use. It's non toxic and doesn't smell. It's great for getting into little curlicue areas, just brush it on, let it sit for a while and use a toothbrush or chopstick to get the paint out. As for the whitewash, here are a couple of sites that may help:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHOfyOANDj4


    https://m.wikihow.com/Make-Whitewash


    Good luck


  • Lynn Goins
    on Aug 24, 2019

    To strip the legs, apply stripper and after recommended time, remove stripper with a medium weight steel wool and an old tooth brush. It's tedious, but not difficult. You could always paint the bottom white and the top of it could be stained a dark walnut or mahogany and varnished with a satin varnish.

  • Robyn Garner
    on Aug 25, 2019

    I used a wonderful blue stain from Home Depot on a light wood and the result is gorgeous! If you don't like it (it's very pale) you can always add some whitewash over it and either way would be great for a beach house.


    Sorry I don't have a pic for you as my piece was a gift.

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