While my daughter was at karate I popped into the local thrift store near by and found this ugly, but beautiful dresser!
The dresser was old and had great bones (beautiful part), but the paint on it was very high gloss and an ugly brown/orange. I of course loved it and bought it right away.
My first thought was to strip the top down to natural wood and so I got out my paint stripping goo and started working.
B) Second layer of stripper ( you can see the next layer of paint)
C) Third layer of stripper (layers of brown, yellow,green, tan paint)
|Gooey scraped paint|
I first painted a quick coat of white chalk paint on the dresser (it acts like a primer and I wanted hints of white to show through with distressing). I mixed up Spellbound by Benjamin Moore into chalk paint and painted away. I hand painted the details in white and then distressed. I like to distress with a scraper and get the chippy look on the edges. To seal the dresser I used dark wax and hemp oil.
|I love that the original colors show through with the distressing|
|The dark wax aged the white|
|Detail on the back piece|
|I love the dark wood-it was worth the work!|
|I like seeing the paint in the wood-character!|
I have to admit that this is one of my favorite pieces and I wish I could keep it!