As I have mentioned in several previous posts, my husband and I are in the process of moving. Since we are still waiting for the rest of our household goods to arrive via ship and truck, I am trying to keep busy with various projects around our new rental house.
We needed a new dresser, and we found this funky retro style dresser w/ mirror at a thrift shop. I loved it, but it needed a bit of work. Yay! Project! After getting some ideas through the magic land of pinterest, I decided to paint and distress it. The dresser had a lot of scratches and nicks, so the distressed texture would work with the condition the dresser came in.
I lightly sanded the surface before I added a base primer. After the primer had dried I applied three coats of paint. I was working in my garage, and the weather was chilly, so my paint didn’t go on as smoothly as I would have liked, hence the need for three coats. This process took several days, waiting for the paint to dry, then adding another layer.
Once the final coat was dry, I used steel wool and a high grit sandpaper to smooth out the thicker brush strokes as well as began working back through the paint to the wood for the distressing process. I preferred to work horizontally and vertically while sanding. I also used a stain to protect exposed wood, slightly darken the paint in areas, as well as tint the exposed white primer.
This is the finished dresser. I am very pleased with the result. This is my first time experimenting with this textural style. My first project completed. Hearts!