I was so surprised by the outpouring of comments on my post about the dollhouse from Friday! My dad would be have absolutely loved hearing all of the compliments from everyone. A huge thanks to all of you for taking the time to leave a comment, I appreciated every single one!
Now, on with today’s post.
A while back Mr. Q brought home two dressers from the daughter of one of my blog readers. The first was the french provincial dresser that I painted a couple of weeks ago, and the second was this one.
It’s a bit more traditional than the pieces I normally choose to work with, but it’s a solid, well-made dresser. I love giving pieces like this a new lease on life with some paint. This dresser is going to last another 75 years easily. It’s not going to fall apart in 5 years like inexpensive (or sometimes not so inexpensive) new furniture made out of particle board (not that I’m naming names, such as IKEA, or anything).
Ken helped me out with reattaching a drawer glide that had come free, but otherwise it didn’t need much work. Ironically the aspect of this job that took the longest was removing the old contact paper that was lining the drawers.
I wish I had gotten a photo to illustrate, but basically that stuff came out in a million little pieces that I painstakingly scraped off with a razor blade. And it left behind a sticky gooey mess that required a couple of applications of Goo Gone to remove. This is exactly why I rarely choose to line the drawers of dressers that I sell. Because I know that inevitably down the road someone is going to have to get that stuff back out of there and it won’t be fun (and oftentimes that someone is me!). The only time I line drawers is when the drawer bottom is too stained to salvage.
Funny little story though, I slogged through the first 7 drawers one evening after work. Stripping out that liner, cleaning with Goo Gone, removing the hardware, sanding the drawer front and cleaning it with TSP Substitute. I really wanted to finish all nine drawers that evening so I could start painting right away the next evening. But as the sun was setting, I looked at those last two drawers still in the dresser and thought “nope, I just can’t face them, I’ll have to do them tomorrow” and I went to bed. The next evening I went to pull out the first of the remaining two drawers and guess what? It wasn’t lined! Neither was the last drawer. Ha! Had I only looked inside the previous night I would have realized that I could easily prep them before bed. Too funny!
Anyway, the next step was painting and that part was a breeze. I used Fusion paint in a rich, dark grey color called Ash.
I painted two coats of paint, and shortly after the 2nd coat was dry I sanded the edges lightly to distress.
Just the other day my friend Sue was commenting on the fact that a lot of the furniture painters out there don’t distress their pieces. She and I are of the same mind when it comes to distressing. We are not fans of non-distressed pieces. The only time I don’t distress is when I’m working on a mid-century modern piece with really clean lines. Otherwise, in my opinion distressing is what really brings out the character of a piece. I know it’s a personal preference thing though, and it just happens to be my preference (and Sue’s!).
One tip, you absolutely don’t need to add a topcoat over Fusion paint, but when I distress the edges I’ll often put a little Homestead House or Miss Mustard Seed beeswax on a cloth and run that over those exposed edges. It will help protect that little bit of bare wood, but more importantly it will take away the ‘freshly sanded’ look of the wood and make it look more as though it was worn over time.
I have to tell you, I did absolutely nothing to the drawer pulls. I didn’t polish them or even really clean them. Yet this next photo really shows how different they look on the grey. Isn’t that kinda crazy?
So normally this is the point where I say “this dresser is available for sale”, but no, this one isn’t! My sister stopped by shortly after I finished it, decided she really needed to have it for her new house and asked if she could get a ‘family discount’. Naturally I agreed. I’m pretty thrilled because she’ll be replacing an IKEA dresser with it! My plan is to slowly work on her over time until her whole house is de-IKEA-fied. I’m working on convincing her to replace the console thingie that her T.V. sits on next, but shhhhh, she doesn’t realize it yet so don’t tell her.