Hello amazing friends! Are you up for a furniture flip? How about six furniture flips?? I’m joining my Furniture Fixer Upper Friends today to bring ya’ll a dresser that was in need of fixing up, and my friends have flips of their own to share, so don’t forget to check them out at the bottom!
But first, I am happy to report that the winner of my latest craft junk giveaway responded just in time…congratulations to Janice from Alabama! Don’t worry if you didn’t win this go round, I will have another super fun giveaway the first week of November to celebrate my blogiversary, so be on the lookout for that! 🙂
Okay onto today’s project!
A couple of large pieces sold from my booth last week (Hallelujah because September was terrible!), so I went in search of a couple of pieces to fill it back up. I have several small pieces in my stash, but I try to keep the larger pieces moving so I didn’t have any on hand to paint. I had checked out my four favorite thrift stores and came up empty handed when I remembered the Habitat Restore about 25 minutes away.
As soon as I walked in, I spied this beauty:
At the discount bargain price of $60, it was hard for me not to grab it. I usually try not to buy already-painted furniture, but I figured if anything white would make a good base coat. It doesn’t look too bad here, but the bottom drawer was stuck open, the original hardware had a really thick terrible spray painted silver finish, and the paint job wasn’t the best. Plus it had a missing knob and a broken wheel. It had zero odor though, so that goes a long way in my book and I brought it home.
I know you will be shocked to learn that this dresser is no longer white! Gasp…she who paints everything white!
After resharing my 99¢ table makeover last week, I remembered I still had half a quart of that pretty blue in my paint cabinet, so blue it is!
Only this time, I opted for a whitewash finish over this pretty blue! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
It has a summery coastal vibe to it now which I love! (Pay no attention to the Halloween decorations on the outside of the window!)
To get this look, I started by sanding the original white finish super smooth using my orbital sander and 220 grit sandpaper.
Here’s a pictorial of how I got the whitewash-over-paint effect:
1. First I painted the base color. Over the white I only needed one coat. In this case I used Behr’s Gray Morning made into DIY chalk paint. (Recipe HERE.) This looks really light from the glare in my garage, but it is a medium blue.
2. In small sections, I added one coat of a mix of white latex enamel mixed with just a little water, to thin it. (I put my paint in a small plastic cup and added just a TBSP or so of water to it.)
3. Using a clean soft cloth, I wiped across the surface removing most of the watered-down paint. (I recommend wearing gloves for this step.) I continued to wipe in straight smooth strokes until I got a look I was happy with. You can add a little water if there is too much white, or add a little more paint/water if you want more white.
4. Then I dipped a brush in the paint/water mix and removed most of it onto a cloth. I dry brushed it with a very light hand across the surface, again, working in smooth straight strokes.
I love the effect of the whitewash over the blue…
I swapped out the original hardware for a mix of glass knobs…
They are picking up some funky yellows and pinks in this photo, but they are all crystal clear in person.
I love this pretty detail on the second drawer too…
I lined the drawers with this fabric I picked up at JoAnn’s a while back:
Luckily that bottom drawer was an easy fix, but then I had this damaged veneer on the sides to contend with:
After painting, I cut a piece of oak (would have used cheaper poplar if they had the width I wanted) I picked up at Home Depot to fit either side and painted that also. Then I added it right over the damaged veneer using wood glue and clamps to hold it in place.
It was a simple solution and it looks like it has always been there!
And check out those beautiful details on the legs!
Even though some of them are missing, they are still beautiful!
Don’t forget there are five more fun furniture makeovers from my pals for you to check out below!
Want even more furniture makeovers? See all my Furniture Fixer Upper flips in one place HERE!
I’ll see ya’ll back here on Tuesday with our outdoor Halloween decor!
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