Try, Try Again Dresser

Failure is inevitable - what's important is what you do next. So my original idea did not work out as planned, I just went to plan B - it's all good.
This dresser is the heaviest dresser I’ve carried so far! It wasn’t in bad shape, but it had some scratches and the paint had yellowed (probably from using polyurethane instead of polyacrylic).
I wanted to try this idea that I read about online - using gift wrap paper on the top of the dresser. I found some fun paisley pink and teal paper and it inspired me to try doing a girl's room dresser. The problem was, I HATED it. It was such a bummer at the end. All of that work and to feel like it’s not great in the end. Here is the first “finished” dresser.
I guess this could be someones cup of tea, but it just wasn’t mind. The paper bubbled all over the top. Other sites' said that it would, but it would have a leather-like look. I disagree. I think it had a wrinkled paper look. Maybe they had a trick I didn’t, but I just couldn’t take how much I disliked it. So, I started again.


Here are all the products used to redo the dresser the second time.


Citri-Strip (it’s safe to use inside), Behr interior eggshell paint, Minwax Cherry Mahogany stain and poly, Rust-Oleum hammered brown spray paint, Martha Stewart’s metallic glaze – mercury satin, a plastic scraper (I forgot to put that in the picture), a foam roller and foam brushes.
This was my first time trying out the Citri-Strip based on recommendations I read about online. I thought it worked really well. The only tough part in this case is that I had some gift wrap that just wouldn’t come off so it made stripping the top very difficult. Use a paint brush to apply the stripper and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Then use a plastic scraper to scrape it off. I used a metal one at first, but found the plastic to work just as well if not better.
The paint came off quickly although I redid this step about 3 or 4 times to get it all off. Then we hand sanded it to make sure it was ready to use the Minwax.
I then used the foam brush and roller to hand pain the drawers. I mixed a tan and grey that I had on hand to make a beautiful cream color. This is the first time I’ve used the roller and I LOVED it, no drips, spray clogs, light spots... .It takes a little longer than using an air sprayer, but it will be a good option for future projects.
I went to Hobby Lobby and bought an awesome argyle stencil.
I mixed the grey (that I had mixed with the tan) and the pink (that I had used for the first finished dresser) to make it a very light pink. I wanted it to almost blend with the current color on the dresser. I taped the template to the dresser using painters tape and started painting.
I really love how it came out!
Then I used a foam brush to apply the Minwax to the top. While that was drying, I used the glaze on the bottom half to give it subtle depth. I also took the handles off and sprayed them with the hammered brown color. I went with hammered because they were pretty simple, and it added some character.
Here she is... second time's the charm!
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  • Dianne Dianne on Dec 18, 2016
    Love the dark top with the white and funky handles.

  • Evon Ward Evon Ward on Dec 20, 2016
    You hated what you did the first time? Bless your heart, you've given me hope and heart to try again on one of my projects! And I just love your last version, it's really pretty, and better than pink on that piece!

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