Hello lovelies and welcome to Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday!! Today I’ve got a pretty painted dressing table for y’all! My friends have trashy makeovers of their own to share, so be on the lookout for their makeovers at the bottom!
I bought this dressing table/desk from my sister’s husband’s late grandfather’s estate sale for $50. That’s a mouthful, but it it is the same sale where this farmhouse hutch, this secretary, and the frame that I used to make my new Fall wreath came from.
It started out like this:
Looks can be deceiving though, this was indeed a true trash to treasure makeover! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
That bottom right photo shows a random piece of wood screwed into the to the right side. They said it had something to do with fishing poles??
Much of the veneer was loose, including the sides, the top, on some of the drawers, and all around the edges at the bottom. Some pieces of the missing veneer were saved in a drawer, and I was able to glue them back in place with wood glue. A couple of areas were missing too much and the rest was so dry that it easily came off and I just sanded it smooth.
Lots of repairs were needed…
Thank goodness for my weights!
A good cleaning
Next, this piece needed a good cleaning!
I mixed up a half gallon of warm water and one TBSP of White Lightning in a small tub and got to cleaning:
Look at that water!! I swapped it out for clean water and gave everything another wipe down.
Filling and patching
After the surfaces were dry, I used Dixie Mud in brown to fill missing veneer and the many deep scratches that were on the top:
I hand-sanded those areas once they were dry (don’t rush this part!) and then cleaned up with the shop vac and gave everything a wipe down with a clean cloth.
Getting rid of the musty odor
Then it was time to tackle the odor that came with this piece. It just smelled a bit old, and didn’t want anyone to open the drawers and smell that.
I used a brush to apply BOSS in clear to the entire interior:
It dries clear and flat, so you wouldn’t even know it’s there, and it works amazingly well!
Preventing bleed through
These red woods are definitely bleeders! They will bleed through every layer of paint, no matter what kind of paint you use. I like to get ahead of the bleed through by applying a coat of BOSS to the areas I plan to paint.
I chose the white formula this time as it acts almost like a coat of paint:
Proper dry time is key when using BOSS!
I allowed the BOSS to dry overnight. One coat almost always does the trick as was the case here.
Painting the dressing table
Finally, the fun part…paint! I chose a color I sell really well, but I don’t believe I’ve used before: Sawmill Gravy.
It went on beautifully! My preferred brush to paint with is a mini angle brush…
This color goes on almost like a sand color, but it dries a touch more taupe and I just LOVE it!! As you can see I got excellent coverage over the white BOSS but chose to give it two coats.
Y’all know I love my stripes, and I just couldn’t resist adding some in Cotton! They are such a cost-effective way to add some personality to a piece of furniture.
My absolute favorite tape for this is FrogTape for delicate surfaces. It gives me perfectly crisp lines every time:
You can see how easily I space out my stripes HERE.
I gave them two coats and then immediately removed the tape.
Once the paint was dry, I sanded lightly all over with 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around an old sanding sponge, hitting the edges and raised areas a bit harder to distress.
Sealing the dressing table
I used my shop vac to vacuum up all the sanding dust and then it was time to seal.
The Big reveal of this painted dressing table
Ready for the big reveal of this pretty painted dressing table??
What? It has a mirror??
It did not come with the mirror.
I’ve been hanging onto this mirror I picked up at the thrift store for $10 for probably a couple of years now, and when I brought this dressing table home, I just knew it would make a perfect match!
Here is what the mirror looked like before:
I love this style of hardware, so I knew I wanted to reuse it.
The drawers were not in the best shape, so I decided to paint not only the fronts, but the rest of them as well!
I chose my favorite Moonshine Metallic, Steel Magnolia.
The metallics go on a bit sheer, so you want to paint a base color that closely matches the metallic. The perfect base color for Steel Magnolia is Driftwood. The Sawmill Gravy is a bit too light. I actually used that and ended up having to do three coats of the metallic on top for full coverage.
The great thing about the Moonshine Metallics is that they are self sealing, so there was no need to add a topcoat!
I worked for three days pretty much all day to bring this piece back to life, but it was so worth it!
So soft and feminine!
I hope you enjoyed this trash-to-treasure makeover today! My girls have four more for you to enjoy!
And that’s another piece done!!
Not too many left! See any you may have missed at the links below:
How to Paint Nicotine Stained Furniture (Trestle Table)
I’ll be taking the rest of the week off from creating to enjoy turning the big FIVE-O on Wednesday!! My sister’s birthday is on Thursday and we celebrate every year by going zip lining…just to prove we’re still young ha ha! Last year our older sister was in town and all three of us went!
So, as you can see, I’ll be busy! 😀
I’ve got another six smalls on the way for Tuesday!
UPDATE: See how these mini treasures turned out HERE now!
Until we meet again…
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