Thursday, August 11, 2011

Gray Dresser Makeover

We've all see a thousand pieces of furniture painted on blogs, but I never get over how fresh and new a nice paint job makes an old piece of furniture look. When buying something second-hand or if it was given as a hand-me-down, it makes it feel like a completely different piece of furniture. Such was the case with this old dresser I painted for a client:


It had lots of scratches and "dings", so I did a bit of wood-filler filling, and a little sanding (don't want to sand too much, or the old finish will come through way too easily). My client had a photo of a dresser from a store that she wanted to match, that had a clear white primer coat, under a gray topcoat, so that's what I did:




I also ended up painting the pulls:



I know a lot of people are usually interested in my painting process, and it varies from piece to piece (I go with what I feel is best for the wood). For this piece, this is what I did:

1. light sanding
2. fill holds (wood filler)
3. cover wood filler spots with layer of primer (keeps it from seeping through, ruining the finish. if you don't do this, you will get weird splotches in your paint finish from the wood filler)
4. all-over primer
5. used a satin paint from lowe's for the base (don't remember name of color, sorry!)
6. sanded the edges for "distressed look"
7. all-over wax finisher


  1. Love the color combination. All of your ideas are so current and fresh. Love seeing what you do.

  2. of course i love this, like everything you do!

  3. thanks, you guys! It's simple, but it makes a big difference!!

  4. i always see things at yard sale and think of how awesome they would be with your touch!

  5. I love your ability to take something outdated and make it look so stylish!!

  6. aw, thank you cadence and greer :)

  7. When I first saw the picture I assumed it would have new pulls on it. The brass ones were UGLY, but I love them painted!! One day I will have some projects for you!

  8. thanks, liz! yeah, they really look so much better, huh?

  9. This looks great! Have you ever done furniture with a faux wood layer on top of it? I'm not sure exactly what it is but it peels off in a layer if you really try to work on it. Just wondering how to paint it.

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