Now for a total dresser makeover! I’ve had this beautiful and really well made dresser at Chalk Mercantile for over 6 months and no one has given it a second look. It’s made by Thomasville and is solid cherry. So I made the decision to paint it and thankfully I remembered to take some pictures that I could use in this quick and easy tutorial.
When you’re looking for a piece to paint pick something well made with good bones. And please, if you find a true antique and it has a good finish, leave it alone as painting it will diminish it’s value.
So off we go, Step 1 is to vacuum all the nooks and cranny’s and then give it a good cleaning, I use Simple Green. Remove all the hardware and clean it also, I like sudsing ammonia. Number each one of the drawers as you remove them so you know where they go when you put it together again.
Here’s the dresser cleaned up, I started to paint the top as a little test to make sure the finish doesn’t bleed, if it does I use Zinsser Bulls Eye Shellac.
Step 2 start painting! I use and sell Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture paint at the shop, I love this paint! Make sure to really shake the can of paint, pour some into a separate container to work out of. I use natural bristle brushes but you can look around and see if you have a Corona or older Purdy brush as they do a great job. This dresser was painted in two coats of Bayou Blue.
Step 3 after the paint has dried, which is usually around 30 minutes, it’s time to wax. To create a bit of depth I added Maison Blanche’s Le Dirt to the clear wax. This is a wonderful alternative to brown wax as it DOES NOT turn your blue paint green! Now I have to admit, I use the Dirt in a different way then the directions advice. After I scoop a couple of tablespoons of clear wax onto a piece of cardboard I mix in approx. a tablespoon of Dirt.
Mix the two together completely and brush on. I use an extra thick china bristle brush for this.
I work around the dresser in sections, after brushing on one side panel I use clean white rags to wipe off some of my Dirt/wax mixture, this gives me the look I want. Then I move onto the top then the drawer fronts etc. Each worked separately. After about 45 minutes the wax mixture has dried and I can buff my piece to complete my dresser makeover!
Buffing is the most satisfying part of the process for me, I can see the luster of the finish develop immediately! Maison Blanche wax is nothing less than sublime, it’s a dream to use and comes in a bunch of colors.
All I have to do now is put the hardware back on and voilà! Done!
I added a twist to my finish by using the Dirt and if you just want the pure color of the paint then all you need to do is brush on the clear wax, let dry and buff! It’s really a simple process that gives you an heirloom finish.
All the best,