Black and white has always been one of my favorite combos. Back in June 2015 I painted this fun mid-century piece …
And then about a year ago I painted some black & white suitcases …
I was really itching to do another black & white piece when I saw this dresser on craigslist and decided it would be perfect for it.
From the outside it looks like it’s in great shape, but in reality it was pretty wonky. One drawer was completely missing a bottom, and most of the bottom sides of the drawers (where they rest along the glides) were pretty worn down. So I sent it over to Ken’s workshop and he fixed it right up by replacing the missing bottom and adding new wood to the bottom sides of several drawers. He also removed the top and re-glued the corner joints and added some wedges of wood for more stability. All I had to do was add the paint!
The black is Fusion’s Coal Black and the white is Fusion’s Casement, two coats of each color. Every time I paint with Fusion I am reminded of how ridiculously easy it is to use. A quick sanding to rough up the surface (especially on this piece because the existing finish was very shiny), a wipe down with some vinegar water, two coats of paint, and a little sanding to distress the edges and you are done. No need for a top coat. Fusion has pretty much replaced chalk paint for me for that last reason. Originally when I first started using Fusion I felt like it was hard to distress compared to chalk paint. However, when I distress a piece of furniture I mainly just wear down the edges and that is pretty easy to do with Fusion as long as you do it shortly after the piece dries. Don’t wait until the paint has cured because this paint is very durable at that point.
I really debated doing this look again because that earlier black and white piece took a while to sell. But in the end, I’m so glad I went for it. I think this dresser went from boring to interesting with just some paint and some new glass knobs.
The white is wrapped all the way around both sides.
This is one instance where I didn’t discard the mirror that came with the dresser. I painted it white and the future owner can choose to keep it in place, or not.
By the way, have you noticed anything about my photos today?
Yes! I’m out in the photo cottage. Are you having this amazing warm spell where you are too? Sunny and 60 is practically unheard of for February in Minnesota. I have taken full advantage by putting the top down on my convertible, grilling steaks for dinner, watching Mr. Q trim trees, hanging laundry out on the line and staging furniture in my photo cottage. Woo hoo, it feels like spring!
This dresser is for sale. If you are local and interested, please check out my ‘available for local sale’ page for more details.
But first, tell me, what do you think of the black and white?
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