Welcome back, beautiful friends!! I am SO excited to be starting on my BRAND NEW HAUL! I’m also being joined today by my Furniture Fixer Upper girls, so be on the lookout for three more makeovers from them at the bottom.
Here is my project piece for today:
I spied it sitting outside of one of the Goodwill stores in our area a couple of weeks ago. It was priced at $65, which I thought was a great deal for such a cute piece. But THEN, as I was standing in line to pay for it, the cashier announced that all furniture was half off! How lucky was that??
As cute as it appears, it is not a very well-crafted piece. The drawers are made of thinner wood and no dovetail joints, but it sure has charm!
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Clean and prep
The first thing I did was give this dresser a good cleaning with White Lightning. I mixed one TBSP into a half gallon of warm water, and used one of my terrycloth applicator pads to wipe everything down…
Then, I swapped out my water for fresh water to give everything one more wipe down to remove any residue.
Next, I had a few areas of missing veneer in the drawers:
I wood glued what was loose and then patched those areas with Dixie Mud:
Once those areas were completely dry, I sanded them smooth with 22o grit sandpaper.
Covering the Smell
This dresser came with a smell that reminded me of an old stick up. Do they still make those? It had an overpowering flowery scent to it that just did not smell nice. SO, I enlisted the best thing there is to cover any odor: BOSS!
I applied one coat of Clear Boss to the entire inside cavity of the dresser:
It goes on milky but dries clear on unfinished wood. It will leave a slight haze over darker stains.
BOSS Prime for Potential bleed-through
The next step in this dresser makeover was to apply a coat of White BOSS to the exterior. Because this is an older dresser, I wasn’t sure if it was a potential bleeder or not, but I decided to play it safe and go ahead and BOSS it just in case:
Not only will BOSS block odors, but it is a stain blocker as well and is the best thing for preventing the tannins from bleeding through your paint job. I allowed that to dry overnight.
Finally, it was time for paint. I chose Fluff for this one:
Fluff has excellent coverage for a white and it generally covers in just two coats.
It isn’t as bright a white as Cotton but more of a vintage white.
Adding a Transfer
I already had a transfer in mind when I found this dresser… this one is called My Heart:
However, when I laid it out, it was a tad taller than I wanted:
I decided to cut the floral part out to make it a better fit:
I started at the bottom burnishing it in place with the included tool…
Cutting the transfer where the gaps were with a razor knife to made it easier to apply.
I had to alter it in a couple of places once I removed the floral part, including moving this part down a bit to center it better:
I cut the top of the sponge flat across, so I could get right up under the lip at the top!
Gator Hide and Transfers don’t mix!
Now that Gator Hide has made a comeback, a note of warning…Gator Hide has been know to lift transfers. In the case of a dresser like this one, if you are adding a transfer to the front, satin Clear Coat is plenty of protection. If your dresser will get lots of abuse, you can always Gator Hide the top and stick to Clear Coat on the front and sides.
If you are applying a transfer to a table top or something that needs the heavy duty protection of Gator Hide, you can apply a coat of Clear Coat first, and then follow up with Gator Hide.
Gator Hide is back in stock HERE!
Here is how this pretty piece turned out:
I have a couple more colorful dressers in my booth at the moment, so I was in the market for something in white to add to the mix.
I painted the hardware in the Fluff also:
However, I never cleaned the hardware ( I rarely do!) and I got a dingy color coming through. I was running short on time, so in the end I just spray primed them over the top.
I used my fingernail to scratch some of the paint off here and there to distress them, and then gave them a quick seal with Best Dang Wax in Clear.
I kept them white so they wouldn’t fight for attention with the transfer. Glass knobs would have been cute here too, but these pulls were too pretty not to keep!
And you may have noticed that the transfer isn’t quite centered top to bottom, but had I done so, the pulls would have covered the all the corners! So, I decided to move it down a bit.
Of course I had to pretty up the drawers too! And because I had to use Dixie Mud to fill some missing veneer on a couple of them, I decided paint was the answer.
The insides and outsides were painted in Silk Conch:
It looks light here while wet, but it dries as almost an exact match to Tea Rose from the Chalk Paint line.
I love Silk for drawers since they are often unfinished wood, so you don’t need to sand first, and no topcoat is required since Silk has a built-in topcoat!
And what did I do with the floral transfer piece I cut out?
It was perfect to embellish the top drawer!
I hope y’all enjoyed my first makeover of this new bunch!
In shop news, Dixie Belle’s Newest paint line, TERRA CLAY PAINT, is here!
Terra Clay Paint is a clay-based paint that allows you to blend colors with ease, layer, and add texture to any painting project! It really has the furniture artists in mind. I can’t wait to play with it!
It’s available in 18 fabulous colors:
You know that Lani’s Lagoon has my name all over it!
See them all in my shop HERE!
It can be sealed with Terra Seal which has a flat finish or any of the Clear Coats. A new hard wax that is perfect for it has been delayed but is coming soon.
Don’t forget to check out what my friends are sharing today as well!
I’ll be back on Tuesday with this set of lamps I picked up for $5 each:
Have an amazing weekend!!
UPDATE: See how I remedied the shade situation on this pair HERE now!
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