I love furniture that I inherited from my grandmother. It brings back memories of my childhood, family gatherings and celebrations. It holds stories and smells of history and I treasure everything she left to me. However, some pieces are better quality and have stood the test of time better than others.
This is the story of how I salvaged and transformed one of those pieces that had seen better days. Here it is in all its old, faded and chipping glory.
I wanted to transform it, but truthfully, I was nervous. What if I messed it up? What if I didn’t do it justice? What if I insulted it? Oh the What Ifs…don’t you just hate them?
But then I remembered what all my amazing DIY blogger friends always say…”It’s just paint!” There…I was ready.
I headed off to Bagbey House and had a little consultation with my friend Kris Bagbey and he eased my fear and angst. Again he said…”It’s just paint.”
Bagbey House sells Vintage Market & Design Furniture Paint. I wanted a French Country look because anything French in my book is always a good idea. After what seemed like forever, I chose French Grey and Espresso for the top of the dresser.
Normally you wouldn’t have to do any prep but in my case a little sanding was needed.
While I was sanding…Emmie found a cozy place to hang out in one of the drawers.
I moved everything to the garage and with great trepidation…I began. The paint goes on so easily and dries very quickly in spite of the humidity. Did I mention it’s been like 550 degrees with a lot of humidity? Still – the paint dried.
I applied two coats of the French Grey all over the dresser. Next it was time for the Espresso Color on the top. In an instant everything started coming together. I really love the contrast.
I used a 2 inch brush for the large areas and a 1/2 inch brush for the nooks and crannies.
I applied two coats of paint and let it completely dry. Once it was totally dry I got into it with a fine sand paper to distress it a bit…but NOT TOO MUCH! Don’t go crazy with distressing. Start off with an easy touch and then decide where it might need more. I sanded more around the outline of the indentations and details on the dresser.
I took my time with the sanding because I didn’t want to have to go back and paint again. Once I was satisfied it was time for the final step which is applying the wax. I decided on the clear wax, however VM&D makes a dark wax if that’s your preference. Remember I was going for a French Country Look.
The wax seals the paint and gives the piece a lovely, very light sheen. It’s NOT glossy.
My husband Dominic put the original handles back on the dresser. I kept the handles in their tarnished original state on purpose. If I had cleaned them, it would have ruined the outcome.
So here it is…my new, old dresser makeover.
It’s true…everything old is new again. I’m becoming addicted to painting furniture. It’s therapeutic and it’s a blast to play with this new easy-to-use, luscious paint.
If you want more information on Vintage Market & Design Furniture Paint, visit their website for colors and tutorials, but if you live in Franklin or are planning to visit – go see Kris Bagbey.