Creating and designing furniture like this piece is one of my favorite things to do. This dresser makeover was exciting to design. I always start a design like this with a sample piece. Painted a piece of wood with General Finishes Basil Milk Paint once dried lightly distressed and then glazed with watered down General Finishes Waterbase Stain – Graphite. I decided to use the stain as a glaze because I wanted the mirror frame and top of the dresser the same Graphite grey color.
Here is how the dresser makeover started. Drawers needed some re-gluing. I needed to strip the top of the dresser and the mirror. I am going to keep the hardware because love the vintage vibe of this dresser and want to showcase that in this piece.
** Do you see the dowels on the drawer sides? Pretty crazy design, this was made in 1870 to 1900s it is a Knapp Joint.
I always do the top first, its easier to tape off the top than the bottom if I need to. Took the top down to raw wood, because this top is solid oak I decided to take the finish off by sanding. I usually use a chemical stripper which you can learn more about here.
Stained the top Graphite Grey and clear coated using Aqua Coats Clear Lacquer. Aqua Coats Clear Lacquer is water-based and brushes on nicely if you do not have access to a sprayer. I use a Apollo 7500 series with a 1.8mm needle and do not need to thin this.
Painted using the Basil Green, lightly distressed using a 220 grit sandpaper a dust off and then glazed. I used General Finishes Graphite Grey which I diluted with water and Extender. I didn’t track a formula just added a little of each. Diluting it helps with extending the workability and wipes off easier.
When I distress I try to choose areas that would have been common areas of use. Drawer edges, and around drawer handles. Trying to get the distressing to look constantly, un-constant, which is an oxymoron but explains my madness.
I love the glaze making the wood showing through the distressing look the same color as the top. This completes this dresser makeover.
Thanks for reading and happy reviving
- Stripper / Scrapers
- Sandpaper – Assortment pack
- General Finishes Basil Milk Paint
- General Finishes – Graphite Wood Stain
- Aqua Coat Clear Lacquer
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2 thoughts on “Dresser Makeover”
Hi Tara Lou! I love your work and I usually love your tutorials but this post didnt have good pictures of each h step,.like they usually do. Has something changed? The dresser looks ama,ing.
I know there isn’t the best of photos I was not anticipating writing a blog about this project, it just turned out so beautiful that I wanted to share the formula for the painting techniques. So I wrote very detailed instructions. Thank you Cheryl for reading.