I am so excited to share this with you today… for a few reasons. One: I am finally getting to Adam’s nursery. Two: Now that I am in my house I feel like I can get back to what I love. Redoing furniture, and DIY projects! I have so many ideas floating around in my head I don’t know where to begin! Let’s start with this dresser though, since it’s what I have finished ; )
To paint this dresser I used Maison Blanche Furniture Paint. If you’ve never used this paint before, well… it’s kind of amazing! It requires absolutely no sanding, and for this impatient DIYer that is a major plus. AND… it dries super fast compared to regular paint! YAY!
For this project I used Creme de Menthe, which I am in LOVE with. Seriously, new favorite color! Since I started this project at my last house, had a baby, and then moved I am missing a few pictures, but I promise, this is super easy paint to work with!
Tutorial: How to Paint a Dresser
– The first thing you are going to want to do is clean your surface with a damp cloth (let dry before painting), remove any hardware, and tape off if necessary.
– Then I gave my can a shake to mix everything together. – You can buy a really nice brush, it makes it a little easier, but I’m also a cheap DIYer so I just got a regular ol brush.
– I first apply a very thin coat (kind of like a primer) You can just do one really thick coat, but I think the overall finish ends up better if you start with a thin coat.
– Let that dry, usually by the time I’m finished painting I can go back to where I started and start the second coat, unless you have a really small project. It dries really fast though, not much waiting here.
– Then I just take a dry cloth and wipe it down to remove any dust or excess paint (it has a very chalky feel at this point) Some people sand, but I find it comes out very smooth by just brushing it off with a cloth. If you want a super duper awesome finish, you might think about sanding with a very fine grit, but I was going for a vintage look so perfection wasn’t necessary.
– After that you are going to paint over everything again, this was my top coat so I put it on much thicker than the first. Basically enough so that I didn’t see wood through it. Let that dry, and then you can do some minor touch ups in corners where it is hard to reach.
– I let this coat dry overnight (actually it was weeks because this is when I had the baby) but my plan was over night to make sure it cured all the way.
– Now it’s time to seal it. You can use the wax, but I chose to use polyurethane. We’ll talk more about that below.
Let’s take a look at the before and after real quick so you know what you are working towards!
So let’s talk about the finish. I had something very specific in mind. I wanted a vintage look, but didn’t want to distress it. I wanted it to look clean and like I bought it that way, but at the same time like I bought it a really long time ago. Adam’s nursery is a travel themed vintage look, so I wanted it like it had traveled the world in a very safe place. Make since? That’s just how my crazy brain works I suppose. So what I concluded, was I wanted a varnish on it, but at the same time an old piece shouldn’t have a glossy finish right? So here’s what I did.
So to get this look, I simply rubbed on my poly. I didn’t buy the wipe on poly though, I used Minwax Fast Drying Clear Satin.
*Please note that typically with painted furniture you use a poly acrylic since polyurethane can yellow with age. I wasn’t too worried about that though since my furniture isn’t painted white, and I actually wanted the yellowing, this is why I didn’t brush it on, but rather rubbed. There isn’t a real thick coat of the poly, so the yellowing won’t be drastic. Yay for looking old : )! I’m sure furniture people are turning in their graves, but work with me… it’s a vintage piece. Just keep that in mind with each project on what type of finish you want.
*update: It’s been a few weeks with the poly on the dresser, and it has yellowed. It is perfect though, it looks like an old piece of furniture you would find at an estate sale! Sometimes doing something the “wrong” way will give you great results! : )
– PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE test this in a small area if you are unsure of the results. This is the only piece of furniture I have tried this on, and while I love the look, you may not! It will also depend on the color of paint you are using as the base color. So again PLEASE test it. I don’t want to be responsible for you ruining a piece of furniture ; )
I chose to use a cloth diaper (the ones you use for dusting), but you can use any lint free cloth. An old white t shirt would work well. Now, to get the look I was going for I rubbed in long motions following the grain of the wood. Typically you sand between each layer of poly, but again, I skipped that step. I wanted it to look like it had been worn. So I tried my best to get an even cover, but the lack of sanding will leave it streaky (this is good when going for the vintage look).
You can kind of see it in this picture. It is a really dull sheen.
I let this dry following the instructions on the can.
Then I rubbed on a second coat to make sure it was good and sealed. After I rubbed on the second coat, I took a dry part of the diaper and rubbed really hard over the whole dresser.
Then let it cure and you are done, just replace any hardware.
Now, I don’t want to confuse you. You can’t just slap it on there. You do have to apply it as evenly as possible in long motions (especially on large flat surfaces) The streaking comes naturally… no need to streak it yourself!
So that’s it. Now you have a piece that looks very well taken care of vintage : ) That might only make sense to me, but I LOVE how it turned out!
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