Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! I almost didn’t get this post up because I was up to my elbows in snow and in paint working on the guest room… more to come on that another day. Today I just want to share a vibrant makeover with you, a DIY corinth blue vintage dresser.
You might remember this dresser from #thriftscorethursday a month back. From this photo, it looked deceivingly in much better shape than it truly was.
The wood on the drawers was beautiful, but drawers 3&4 were missing the molding that insets along the top of the drawer. The legs as you can see were missing a decorative piece. The top was filled with deep scratches and gouges, and the left side had a crack and hole. I could have painted parts of it and left the panels on the drawer fronts wood, but in all honestly, pieces like that just don’t sell.
So although I would have liked to see this piece restored, with all of its issues, it just wasn’t going to happen. I filled cracks, holes, and gouges, and then sanded it lightly all over. It’s been a long time since I had gone bold with a piece, so I decided to use General Finishes Corinth Blue, a beautiful turquoise. I applied two coats of paint; once completely dry, I used 180 grit sandpaper to distress the edges and details lightly. To finish and protect it, I applied a coat of black bison wax (which smells amazing and is non-toxic) and allowed it to dry for an hour. Finally, I used a clean rag and buffed it in circular motions to bring a sheen and hard finish to the piece. I loved the original hardware so I put it back on and hauled it to Sweet Clover.
I forgot to take a photo of it without the banner on it, but you get the idea!
Now that it’s painted you can’t really tell that it is missing the decorative pieces that were once on its legs, and the missing molding isn’t as noticeable either.
I love pieces that are just lightly distressed on the edges… I look back on some of my older pieces when I started painting 8 years ago, and I cringe at some of the distressing I did… here I think it looks somewhat natural. And finally, here’s a closer look at the hardware- can you see why I wanted to keep it? Gorgeous!
I love the bright color it brings to Sweet Clover! I am just so ready for Spring and flowers and birds and color and NOMORESNOW! I think (knocking on wood right now), I hope, that the last of it has fallen. Now it’s time to get to Sweet Clover and work on getting ready for our next event in just a week and a half!