Happy Wednesday! I am SUPER excited today to have a fabulous (and I mean fabulous!!!) guest post. Bre from Brepurposed is here sharing an awesome dresser makeover. I LOVE furniture makeovers. I’m not necessarily GOOD at them myself, but I absolutely LOVE seeing how others transform pieces I would never give a second glance to (even if they were free on the corner) and turn them into something I would pay BIG BUCKS for!!
Bre is awesome at that. And I envy her. And I am jealous of her skills. And I wish I had her eye for repurposing things. AND SHE’S HERE TODAY!!
So, I’ll let her take it away so you can get right into her before and afters and this amazing transformation! So … here’s the talented Bre …
Hi everyone! I can’t tell you how excited I am to be over here at View From the Fridge guest posting today. I admire Katie’s work and was so excited when she agreed to have me over. Plus, I’m so happy to help her out so she can spend some time with her new little boy!
Today I’ll be sharing with you one of my favorite transformations to date: a French Provincial Dresser. You can imagine my excitement when I saw this baby on Craigslist for $25. Yes that’s right. Twenty. Five. Dollars. I have to remind myself how lucky I am that I can find cheap pieces like this where I live, because I know it’s not the same everywhere.
Here’s what it looked like when I got it:
I’ll be honest, this little lady spent a good amount of time on my front porch before I finally started working on it. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to make it more rustic and use chalk paint and distress it up a bit, or keep the clean lines and it’s regal look. I clearly went with the latter
First things first, I gave it a light sanding. I’m not sure if any of you have worked with a pieces similar to this, but it’s got a shiny veneer with a streaky pattern in it. Very popular back in the day I suppose but not my taste! I’ve only been blogging since February and am still figuring out what paints I like best. I’ve experimented with most of them, and for this project I took some advice from Mandi over at Vintage Revivals. She recently posted about the best techniques for painting, which include using Sherwin Williams Pro Classic paint and a Mohair roller.
This combo really is great and gives you no streaks and even coverage. I definitely would recommend trying it! The color I chose was called Jocular Green and after a couple coats of Zinsser primer, I grabbed my roller and went to town. I needed about 3 coats to cover it completely and I just LOVE the color. I’ve been dying to paint something Mint for a while and this turned out to be the perfect piece!
Now, for that gold trim. I had some craft paint I intended on using, but apparently it doesn’t go on very well over primer. Lesson learned! I really didn’t feel like making another trip to the store to look for something else to use and luckily I remembered I had some Rub ‘N Buff. I bought this stuff a while ago and never used it, so really had no idea if it would work well on this trim or not. I used the Antique Gold.
So as the name implies, you’re supposed to rub (usually with your finger) and then buff (with a cloth). I did neither. There were too many little crevices I wouldn’t have been able to reach if I used my finger so i just used a small brush. As you can see in the photo, since I didn’t use my finger or a cloth to buff it up, it’s a bit rough. But I actually love the added texture! It’s a nice contrast from the clean mint color and since this is clearly an old dresser it gives it that touch of vintage And the best part? I only needed one little tube for the entire piece! This stuff goes a long way and covers SO well. I know I’ll be using it on many more projects.
I debated about keeping the old hardware but one trip to Hobby Lobby changed that plan. I just can’t resist all the beautiful knobs and pulls that they have and found the absolute most perfect ones for this dresser. I used the Rub ‘n Buff again to match the trim. Just looking at them gets me excited
The last and final step was to seal the dresser. I used a new technique for this as well and think I have found my new best friend. Have any of you ever used/heard of SC Johnsons’s Paste Wax? It’s life changing. I’ve used waxes in the past that I really like, especially over Chalk Paint, but for latex paint, I was never fully satisfied with Polycrylic. I felt like I always got brush strokes. Enter Paste Wax I read some great reviews on it, and for a price that can’t be beat (around $6 a tub) I knew I had to try it out.
The only negative is that it’s a bit smelly, so make sure to use it outside or in a well ventilated area. I actually read a review where someone said they loved the smell, so I guess to each their own! I applied it using a cloth and then buffed it off with another clean cloth. I did two coats on the whole thing and 3 coats on the top. I had a vase on top about a day after for staging and it left no marks at all. I’m telling you, this stuff is bomb. It’s located in the cleaning supply aisle of most stores so make sure to look there if you want to try it!
I needed some art for staging so I designed the quote you see here. And if you’re new to brepurposed, make sure you stop by on Friday because it’s going to be this weeks Fab Freebie! Ok, it’s glamour shot time
I feel like I am going to regret this decision, but this beautiful little lady is for sale. There just isn’t any room in our tiny little apartment I hope you enjoyed this transformation and want to say thank you again to Katie for letting me blab on about my painting adventures! Hope you all have a fabulous day!
Katie here again … Am I right?!? Bre is super talented and her work is fabulous?!?! Go check out her blog for more amazing projects.
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Thanks for stopping by today! A HUGE thanks to Bre for helping me out during these first few weeks!! I honestly can’t tell you how much it means to have fellow bloggers that are willing to lend a hand when you need it! I’m so fortunate to be able to be spending some great time with Ben and my other two boys AND have some great projects to share with you! Stop back tomorrow for another great guest post.