It’s been a little while since I’ve shared a furniture makeover, but today is the day! With just a few weeks left until baby boy arrives, I’ve got to get busy finishing some projects to fill my Sweet Clover space with over the next few months. I do have some news that I will share soon about how I plan to keep that space fuller. 😉 For today, let’s focus on the furniture. I’ve got a few projects lined up in my garage, and actually pulled one out today to paint in my kitchen while it rains. The piece I am going to share with you now was the first in the queue to be completed because it was the one I was the most excited about and I had a plan for it from the moment I bought it. Today, let’s take a look at this furniture makeover: white & gold midcentury dresser. (This post contains affiliate links).
Just look at that unique shape and the base on that piece! Can you see why I was smitten! When I found it at my local thrift shop it had a worn original faux blonde painted finish that was doing nothing for it. I hope that finish never makes a come back. The handles were also dull from use over time.
I knew immediately that I wanted to brighten it up and show off its shape with fresh and sleek white paint and golden hardware. To begin, I removed all of the hardware and gave it a good sanding with my orbital sander. I didn’t sand the original finish off, but sanded it lightly so that the primer would adhere to it.
I really prefer to use oil based primer when I know that I’ll be painting a piece white simply because its adherence is awesome and it gives a good solid base. However, it’s so much more toxic and I don’t use it while pregnant. Instead I used a water based primer. It’s adherence isn’t as strong so surfaces need to be thoroughly prepped and it goes on much lighter so requires more coats, but it’s safest! I ended up applying 3 coats of this primer, sanding lightly in between just to get out any random dirt or fuzz.
Once it was primer, I used my favorite furniture paint, General Finishes Milk Paint, in Snow White. With my nice solid white primer base, I only needed to apply two coats of this paint. Some of you have commented on how I get things to look smooth when I hand paint and don’t spray…. this brand of paint combined with a great Purdy brush is my secret weapon. The wrong brush can really mess up your finish!
After the paint dried, I used Black Bison wax as a finish. I applied it with a rag following the lines of my paint, and allowed it to dry for 15 minutes. Once dry, I used a clean rag to buff the dresser to a nice sheen and hard finish.
Finally, I had to deal with the worn out hardware and pulled one of my favorite tricks out of the box. I loved the original hardware’s shape and wanted to reuse them. To give them an updated golden shine, I applied rub n buff using my finger to glide on the metallic wax. Below you can see what they looked like before gilding.
After they look vibrant and truly shine against the white finish. I prefer rub n buff to spray painting gold because I think it has a more authentic look to it.
This dresser really has quite a simple streamlined look to it, but what a difference from its drab worn look of yore. And I still am swooning over that base!
We’ll be bringing this piece as well as one other over to Sweet Clover this weekend as I begin to prepare for our April sale. I’m excited to have a bright white piece in my booth to lighten it up.
Thanks for visiting! Back to painting that other piece now… Can’t wait to share it. It’s another that I knew right away what I wanted to do and it involves a favorite paint color as well.