You may recall this dresser from last week’s #thriftscorethursday post. (You can click here to see its original blah state). It was already refinished by the time that post went live, but I hadn’t photographed it yet. I hauled it over to Sweet Clover this past week and photographed it so I could share it with you!
I found this dresser at a local thrift shop and loved its size and shape. It had been a while since I had pulled out my Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, and I had an itch to give this piece a more worn look. I adore the new colors she’s come out with, but being thrifty in all walks of life, I worked with what I had on hand. No one color was speaking to me, so I decided to create my own. I mixed approximately one part boxwood to one part french enamel and created this gorgeous turquoise. After I mixed the powder and water, I let it rest and lightly sanded the dresser so the paint would stick. (I had already removed the hardware pre-sanding). I even lightly sanded the top, although I wasn’t planning on painting that.
After sanding and wiping clean, I gave my paint mixture another quick mix and applied the first coat. I let it dry for a couple hours and then applied the second coat and let that dry.
Once it was dry, I took superfine sandpaper and gave it a light sanding all over to give it a worn look. Because I had prepped with sanding, it wasn’t as chippy as I had wanted. But I have had the experience of not sanding enough and having all of my paint just flake off, and I wanted to avoid that. Finally, I used a clear wax (I chose Liberon Black Bison) and applied all over the body and allowed it to dry, and then buffed it.
For the very top of the dresser, I applied my General Finishes Java Gel. All it took was one quick coat to refresh the top and give it a nice rich look again. I topped that off with General Finishes Satin Topcoat.
This dresser will make its appearance at the Sweet Clover February sale. We have been driving around town like crazed maniacs trying to find awesome things for you!
Hopefully this sweet little chest will find its new home later this month!
I will be back tomorrow with another fab thrift score dresser! It needs some love as well, but luckily I have lots of love to give.