Hi all! I hope everyone had a great week. It was cold here and rainy a few days so being productive was difficult. And there was about 5 minutes on Wednesday where I would have bet money on it being Tuesday. (eyeroll) I feel like that is my sign to take some time off this weekend. 🙂
Today, I am sharing a dresser and end tables makeover I did a few years ago.
It looks a little different because I used a different color glaze but the method is the same. I am often asked about what kind of glaze I use and how it get this look. The previous post did not talk about the process so I thought I would update the post and give a few tips.
For a stained top, you can use the current top if it is in good condition or strip, sand and stain to the color you want. When that is dry, tape and paper it to protect it from paint. I am a true believer in the old school method of prepping wood for paint. It doesn’t matter what brand of paint you are using or what the instructions say. For the best results, use *TSP or a heavy duty soap and water to clean your piece, fill any holes or scratches, sand with 120 then 220, then clean with *TSP again. Now prime. Use primer even if you are using a paint & primer in one or a milk/chalk paint. Sand with 320 between coats. For a project like this, I use white or a soft white. Remember, your piece will not be white after the glaze goes on. This is just the base. Again, sand between paint coats with 320.
When your paint has dried well, at least 24 hours, its time to distress. I use 220 grit sand paper to sand off paint in certain areas. This can be as much or as little as you like. This dresser has light distressing along the edges.
My grandparents’ dresser I distressed heavily. I scuffed up the paint in many places. It is really hard to mess up this step. Just go for it. Clean off all of the sanding dust before moving onto glaze. I use Min-Wax stain for glaze. If you want a different color, use a glaze mix. This is a good water base medium that you can add paint of any color to. For both products, a little goes a long way. Use lint free rags and foam brushes to wipe it on. Again, its hard to go wrong. If there is too much, wipe it off until your happy. Putting mineral spirits on your rag will help take excess off.
This dresser had most of the glaze wiped off to have clean fronts and the glaze heavy along the edges.
My dresser has heavy glaze and I left it fairly messy.
Once you glaze dries, clear coat. I recommend 3 coats on the top and 2 on the body.
This is a labor intensive type of project but the pay off is worth it. Start on a small piece for practice then move up to a dresser or larger project.
A quick before and after.
Recommended products for this makeover: