Hey friends! Hope you all had a fantastic long holiday weekend. I worked all weekend, then yesterday finally got my space set up at Sweet Clover for this weekend’s upcoming sale. With school out, I had help from my trusty sidekick, Emmy. We froze our tails off, but I bribed her with a fancy hot chocolate and a trip to Target afterwards… gotta do what works, and I wasn’t sad about the trip to Target either. Anyhow, let’s get to the furniture piece I wanted to share. I always love working on pieces that have clean lines as well as special details, and this one ticks those boxes; it’s a unique furniture makeover: gray & wood midcentury dresser.
(Before I begin, let me apologize because these are not the best photos but lately I am working on such a time constraint that I didn’t have the opportunity to wait for great lighting. Also, this post contains some affiliate links.)
After I finished the neoclassical sideboard, this dresser was next on the docket. I had planned on painting it white, but after using Seagull Gray on that last piece, I decided to continue with that color and tie my space together with it a bit. It just goes to show how different two pieces can be with exactly the same color. This one started out life with some scratches on the side, and the top was that plastic-like laminate that cheapens the look of furniture. In my opinion, pieces with tops like that are always perfect contenders for paint unless they are in great shape; this one was not. The drawers were in relatively good shape, minus a few minor scratches and a chip in the veneer on the top drawer. It’s in the top corner, so it’s really not that noticeable.
Before bringing it in to paint, I sanded the sides, top, and bottom two drawers that didn’t feature any fun details. It was about 15 degrees while I was sanding and my hands were losing feeling so I sanded as quickly as I could! Once sanded, we hauled this into the kitchen so I could work on it in a heated environment.
Before painting, I wiped it clean with Simple Green and allowed that to dry completely. I removed the top 4 drawers and set them on my dining table so they wouldn’t get any paint on them. Next, I applied the first coat of General Finishes Seagull Gray. This paint adheres beautifully to laminate as long as the surface has been sanded and wiped clean. I ended up using 3 coats of paint, which left me with a nice solid finish. To protect the paint and give the dresser a bit of a sheen, I applied Black Bison wax in neutral with a clean rag. I’ve raved about this wax before, but I truly love it! It’s non-toxic and gives an awesome hard finish.
Once the gray portions were finished, it was time to give the wood drawers a little attention as well. There were some minor scratches as well as a chip in the veneer where the light wood underneath was visible. The chip is on the top corner of a drawer and not very noticeable, so I opted to go with an easy fix. I applied General Finishes Java Gel stain to the drawers where they were scratched, and wiped it off immediately so that the drawers original tone stayed, but the scratch blended right in. On the chip, I applied the stain right to the bare wood. It was the perfect color and fits right in with the color of the veneer.
If I didn’t really need this piece for my space, I was contemplating using this as the dresser in the nursery closet. It’s so unique and special!
Those details and the hardware truly set it apart.
I staged it in my dining room before hauling it over to Sweet Clover for this weekend’s sale.
I’ll be sharing the photos of my space with you tomorrow- until then, bye!