I piddled around with a mirror, a frame, a monogram, a chair and odds and ends and finally bit the bullet and painted the dresser for the baby’s big boy room. I’ve never re-done a piece of furniture like this and was terrified! But boy am I glad I finally did it because 1) it was incredibly easy and pretty much fool proof and 2) I ADORE the new look.
I started with Honey’s childhood dresser. It’s a solid, well made piece but the wood color didn’t go with the rest of my stuff.
Here’s how it all went down…
1. I stripped the finish off the top by following the directions on the bottle of Stripper. It took two rounds of it and was incredibly fast and easy.
2. I sanded it down to a smooth finish using Honey’s handy dandy sander.
3. I applied two coats of Minwax stain in Jacobean, by following the directions on the can. I love love love how this stain let all the character in the wood show through. You really didn’t see it before and it’s just gorgeous!
4. I applied two coats of Minwax clear varnish in satin finish by following the package directions. I did sand between them, as directed, using a block sander rather than Honey’s power tool.
5. Mother and I painted on two coats of Duck Egg Blue chalk paint to the body of the dresser and drawer fronts.
6. I waxed the dresser in Annie Sloan’s clear wax. I did one good coat and buffed it to a nice sheen.
7. After it sat in my garage for a week to dry and harden up, we moved it to the baby’s room and I put on the gorgeous mercury glass knobs from Anthropologie. I purchased them at the Howell Mill store in March with my birthday coupon.
I could not be happier with the piece and, from start to finish, it took about a day and a half!
Oh oh oh... any of y'all tuning in to NBC's new show Revolution?? The series premier was a nail biter and I cannot wait for the next episode to air tonight!!
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