The Perfect Color for a Craig’s List Dresser
I am in love with those adorable french provincial dressers. The flourishy handles are what really get my heart pounding.When I saw this dresser on Craig’s List for $35 dollars, I pounced!
Oooo baby, don’t you just love that faux gold outlined accents and off white laminate top. Yes, I said laminate. But I wasn’t afraid of it. For $35 who cares if it gets messed up. If you never take the risk, you’ll never learn anything new, right?!
The drawers were still in good shape, but a little loose around the joints, so I squirted my new favorite Gorilla Glue into the joints and clamped lassoed them up!
Then I used newspaper to protect any of the areas I didn’t want sprayed.
After sanding all the surfaces to rough them up, I put a coat of primer on everything. Loving that crisp clean white, but the dresser told me to “Keep Calm and Carry On.” So, I cooperated and continued on to another color.
Next, I sprayed Rustoleum Heirloom White and distressed the surface with a wood stain.
The drawer pulls got their own treatment of automotive primer followed by Oil Rubbed Bronze paint. Thank goodness they were happy with their new color because – I’m telling you – that dresser was certainly acting like a diva! She was still demanding a new color.
I have seen many Nantucket Fog makeovers and decided to make a run to Ace Hardware to pick up a small sample of that blue gray color. And I grabbed a can of artistic glaze.
After two coats of the Nantucket Fog glaze, that little dresser still wanted something else. Sheesh! So I pulled out some leftover blue paint from my dormer window shutters.
Finally, she shut up! It’s a good thing too, because I LOVE this color. I love it so much that I hauled my tired hiney back over to Ace to match the color just for you.
The closest match is Buxom Blue from Benjamin Moore. Not too far off from Nantucket Fog, but you know those divas they want what they want!
Now, all important divas need something to wear that gets them noticed. Thus, I decoupaged some wrapping paper on the side (tutorial is here.)
And then because I liked the pattern so much, I blew it up and added it to two corners of the dresser top (tutorial for adding a sharpie stencil.)
I added some beachy blue glaze over the wrapping paper and the top graphic.
And I have to tell you that – halleluiah – I finally figured out the proper technique when using the valspar glazes (the tutorial is here.)
I finished up with three coats of a semi-gloss polyurethane.
And here is that stunningly beautiful diva of a dresser. Transformed from Cinderella to the Belle of the ball!
Now, I have to convince Pretty Handsome Guy that our master bedroom furniture doesn’t have to be all matchy matchy!
Any helpful hints on using Jedi mind tricks on unsuspecting Pretty Handsome Guy?
I love your PB dresser. What if you do something similar to the country french dresser and just add a leaf stencil here and there to match your headboard? (Start with a little paint- maybe hubby will see the light!)
BEAUTIFUL! I have a similar dresser that I had growing up. Hmmm! Really love the sides of it. Nicely done!
Love the new color – great technique! It's beautiful! Have a great week!
Brittany – Your dresser is gorgeous! I love all the detail you have added – all your work shows. Fantastic job! Thanks so much for linking up! Hope you have a wonderful week! Stephanie Lynn
It is beautiful…the color and the stencil are perfect!
Love how that dresser came out!! Fantastic job!! The paint color and finish is perfect and the decoupaged sides are so inspired- coming over form Debbie's- nice to meet you!! 🙂
That turned out very well. I love the wrapping paper on the sides.
This is awesome! I love it.
This really turned out fabulous~ thanks for sharing the steps with us! Hopped over from Garage Salen Party…
WOW – gorgeous!! That dresser looks amazing. I love that you decoupaged wrapping paper on it. Genius!
I love this project it is fantastic. You really did a gorgeous job on it. Thanks for joining me this week. I would love if you added lil ole me to the linky list above:) So others know as well about my partay! Have a great weekend. Debbie
Beautiful job! The dresser looks fabulous!
The color is divine! And the wrapping paper…clever and gorgeous!! Thanks for linking up to the DIY Project Party monthly contest! 🙂
Funny I should come across this very tutorial today of all days. I purchased the exact set of furniture for my daughter (randomly finding each matching–yet OLD–piece for my daughter's room). I was just wondering how to paint the laminate? Did you do anything special with the top? Thanks! Love this site!!!
Very pretty! I did a similar dresser not too long ago http://btweenblueandyellow.blogspot.com/2010/07/updated-dresser.html