Welcome to one of my favorite days of the month, amazing friends! On the fourth Thursday of each month, my Furniture Fixer Upper girls and I team up to bring you brand new furniture makeovers! So, not only am I sharing a furniture makeover today, be on the lookout at the bottom for three more fabulous makeovers from my friends!
Today’s project is this gorgeous dresser I just picked up a few days ago at the thrift store:
I seldom thrift anymore as I am dedicated to working through my current haul. (This got pushed to the front of the list because it’s a better furniture piece than anything I have left in my haul!)
I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel with my current haul though, so I decided to stop in at one of my favorite thrift stores while I was out running errands the other day and came across this beauty for wait for it… $25!!!
Can you believe my luck?? It appears to be in great condition, but alas, it did have its issues. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
The paint job was not the best. Here is the top:
It did appear that they had used a primer though, so that was good and meant that I would not have to sand it down to the bare wood.
And the drawers had what appeared to be glitter nail polish painted on them:
See how that first before photo was deceiving?
I started by giving everything a good cleaning with White Lightning. I usually wait to do this after sanding, but this was pretty dirty to start.
I sanded until it was smooth to the touch all over. I did not want any of the sloppy brush marks to show through.
This dresser was also missing some trim detail on the left side, so I removed what was left and replaced it with something very similar that I found at the Home Depot, attaching it with wood glue:
Then, I sanded the glitter nail polish off the drawers and decided to fill several small nicks and scratches. I used Dixie Mud for that…
What I love about the Dixie Mud is that I don’t have to throw out the container midway through because it hardened up on me like other wood fillers. Once that was dry, I hand sanded the areas that had been filled.
I gave everything a good vacuum with my shop vac and brush attachment, then wiped it down with a clean soft cloth.
Time for Paint
I knew already that this piece would be a heavy bleeder. I wanted to use the new Silk paint for this piece which has the equivalent of one coat of BOSS built in, so I decided to test it out.
I painted one coat and let it dry overnight. Here is the result:
Can you see the bleed-through?
I tested a second coat on one of the back legs:
It did cover the bleeding a bit more…compare it to the leg on the right.
With a deadline approaching, I didn’t have time to allow it to dry overnight again before testing it with another coat, so I decided to go ahead and go with what I know: BOSS to the rescue!
With regular chalk paint, I would have prepped this piece with BOSS first, and while one coat is usually enough, occasionally, it will take two coats. This piece was such a heavy bleeder that I think it would have needed two coats, which means another coat of Silk may have done the trick.
I gave everything one coat of Clear BOSS. I would normally allow it to dry overnight as proper dry time is key, but instead, I pulled everything out into the warm sunshine and let it dry for about four hours.
Look at those drawers!
I told you this was a really bad bleeder!
I then tested one of the back legs and it was good to go! The one coat of BOSS in the Silk combined with the one coat of clear BOSS was enough to tame this beast!
I used the new Silk in Bay Breeze for this piece:
It is a beautiful soft blue! One coat of Bay Breeze over the BOSS is all it took for solid coverage.
So, one coat of Silk, one coat of Boss, and then one more coat of Silk. That is amazing to get solid coverage over all that bleed-through!
Read more about Silk paint and how it compares to chalk paint HERE.
I used FrogTape to tape off the insides of the drawers t get a nice, crisp line on the inside:
I liked it when it was done…
And I almost stopped here, but I had planned to add a transfer to the front, so I kept going.
Adding a transfer
I’ve had this Prima transfer in my stash for over a year, but never had something to use it on:
It’s called Mermaid and it was just the right size for this dresser. (Unfortunately, this is a retired design that I didn’t have much luck finding when I did a quick search…sorry!)
To apply a large transfer like this over all the moulding on the drawers, I made lots of cuts with a sharp razor blade as I went and added it in pieces.
I would roll a bit out, burnish it with the included tool, and when I got to an edge, I would cut it. Then I would match the design and continue on, cutting as I went to make it more manageable.
Because Silk has a built-in topcoat that dries to a lovely eggshell sheen, there was no need to seal. I may go back and seal the transfer, but for now, it is done!
The final result
Here is the finished dresser:
This was definitely $25 well spent!
I decided to keep the original hardware since it had almost a rope-like detail on the pulls that felt nautical to me:
I followed that up with Pearlescent Glaze to give it some shimmer…
It’s hard to capture in photos…
It almost appears as though I did a fade effect with it being lighter at the top than on the bottom…
That is just the way the light is shining through the door onto the top part, making it appear lighter. The bottom color is a more accurate representation of this beautiful color.
And I wanted to point out that these transfers don’t always go on perfectly, but from a distance, you would never know.
Here’s a close up…
As I was applying it, it pulled apart a bit at the flower in her hair, and just below that, on the top of the ridge that runs right across her mouth, the transfer pulled apart also. It doesn’t have to be perfect to still have a beautiful outcome!
I usually enjoy adding life to the insides of the drawers with pretty fabric or even paint, but the insides of this piece were immaculate:
It would have been a shame to cover it up.
It was really enjoyable to work on a dresser for a change!
Don’t forget, my talented friends have three more awesome furniture flips for you today!
I’ll be back working on my current haul this weekend and will have this little chair ready to share next time!
UPDATE: This little fella is SO much cuter now…see it HERE!!
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