Maple Dresser Makeover With Dark Denim Wash

Jenni Ingram
by Jenni Ingram
6 Materials
4 Hours

I'm pretty excited to share this makeover with you. I bought this maple dresser for only $10 dollars at a church sale! I love these types of makeovers because the transformation is pretty big and this style dresser is easy to find, so anyone can easily replicate it.

The first step was to sand down the top and stain it (in Coffee Bean stain). I wanted a really rustic looking top, so I sanded this with 80 grit sandpaper, then just stained it. I sealed the top with three coats of High Performance Top Coat in the flat finish, it's smooth and beautiful.

The base of this piece was painted in GF Klein Blue Milk Paint. You want to start with a bright color for the base; it will help the piece from getting too muted or muddy. I only used one coat. You can still see some wood showing through, but we will use that to our advantage here.

Once that coat was dry, I color washed the first layer with Coastal Blue Milk Paint. Already the finish looks pretty cool, but I wasn't done yet. 

The next layer was an all over glaze application in Pitch Black Glaze Effects. It really gives the "dark" to the dark denim look. I share tricks and tips about glazing in the tutorial video! 

Once the glaze was dry, I dry brushed a tiny bit of Seagull Gray Milk Paint. This really makes it look like "denim." 

I used simple hardware because I wanted the finish to stand out, not the hardware. Isn't it pretty?

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