White Dresser Makeover

5 Materials
4 Days

This dresser needed an update! So I turned the lights on ✨ this dresser became so elegant and classic, with some vintage details. Although I had to do this piece TWICE! for reasons you will read below, I still love it.

BEFORE we turned the lights on 💡

First things first, remove hardware

And sand down! I was planning on leaving the legs and pills natural wood, so I added painters tape to them after the sanding was done so the paint would get on the wood.

scuff sanding the rest was all that was needed since I was painting.

Before the hardware spray painted

I sprayed the hardware in varathanes champagne gold. I love this colour because it’s so soft looking.

Prime time

I did two coats of primer on this dresser, using a brand new can of paint.... (and this is where the sad part happens)

I started to paint the off white paint

After I did 3 coats of crinoline by country chic I removed the tape

I than whitewashed the wood poles using 1:1 ratio of water and paint

So I’m my head, I think I’m done. I re attached the handles top coated in varathanes satin coat, and leave it. I had left the appropriate amount of time in between drying ect .....

The next morning I come to stage the dresser and I see there CRACKING in the paint!!!

i literally was going to cry, and I was so confused! I did the same thing I always do.

After a bunch of research and help from a fellow furniture painter, i came to the conclusion that the flaw was in the primer. I hadn’t stirred my primer enough... even tho I did it wasn’t enough. And this is a form of tannin bleed through!! Which sometimes only shows up once you top coat with polyurethane! Ughhhhh I was so mad.

Anyways, I sanded lightly the dresser down again, got all the flaws out, and redid the primer 3 times after stirring the heck out of it. Than I applied 3 coats of behrs off white (I can’t remember the name I’ll look later) because I RAN OUT of my other paint the first time around.

I then prayed and applied the top coat!

And here it is! It ended up exactly what I wanted, just took more time and more product and more learning experiences 🤗❤️

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1 question
  • Nan
    on Feb 15, 2021

    when you went to fix the mistake you said you prayed.

    Did you thank him, it came OUT BEAUTIFUL !

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