Hi guys! I hope you had a great long weekend celebrating President’s Day and/or Family Day. The first long weekend of the year always feels like the most needed, but for me, always ends up being the laziest! Over the weekend we spent time with Dad, did some shopping, had good meals and sprawled out on the couch with some Netflix.
I’m excited to share this easy ombré paint effect I used on this salvaged dresser. This was my first time painting an ombré piece and I put a little boho twist on it. It was a fun process mixing the paint, spraying and blending – and I have to admit, I’m always thrilled when a new technique turns out like I hoped it would. I hope this inspires you to give this shading technique a try!
Going back a few years, you may remember this piece. It was originally painted and stenciled with milk paint. This little dresser ended up with a stain on top and never sold. It hung around and made its way from room to room until I was inspired by my friend Marie at Interiorfrugalista redoing her chalkboard project. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and realize it’s not going to sell for one reason or another and re-do it!
Here’s the original ‘before’ and if you’re curious, you can check out the first painted version here.
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- Small Dresser (Curb Shopped – Salvaged)
- DeWalt 1/4 Sheet Palm Sander
- Sand Paper & Tack Cloth
- Paint Brush
- Water and Spray Bottle
- Annie Sloan’s Empire Red & Pure White Chalk Paint
- Annie Sloan’s Black Wax
- Shop Towels
- Hobby Lobby Hardware
HOW TO – OMBRE PAINT EFFECT
I should warn you, this is another one of those pieces that looks a whole lot ugly before it starts looking good. 😉
Step #1. Sanding and Prepping
I started by sanding down the entire dresser with my palm sander and 150 grit sandpaper. As you can see below, I didn’t sand off all the paint! Just enough to knock off the original wax topcoat (and ugly stain!) and create some tooth for the new paint to cling too. I wanted to keep this vibrant base color so it peeks through the distressed areas. Once it was sanded, I wiped away all the dust with a tack cloth and now it was ready for the chalk paint.
Step #2. Painting 1st Color
I painted a base color of Annie Sloan’s Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint in random brush strokes. The chalk paint was applied heavier on the bottom and light on the top while leaving a fair amount of the base color showing through. This vibrant red was perfect to give this dresser depth and rich-blended-jewel-tones while looking a little boho chic.
Step #3. Ombré Paint Effect
Now for the fun transformation! While the paint was still wet, I mixed Annie Sloan’s Pure White into the Emperor’s Silk in various ratio’s to create the ombré paint effect. To blend one into another, I sprayed a little water and brushed the wet paint together. It doesn’t have to be exact, just play with it and move the paint around until your happy with the effect.
Bottom = Annie Sloan’s Empire Red 100%
Middle = Annie Sloan’s Empire Red 50% and Pure White 50%
Top = Annie Sloan’s Empire Red 25% and Pure White 75%
Step #4. Sand and Wax
Once I was happy with the shading, I gave the piece a final sanding smoothing all the paint and revealing some of the original blue base coat. After wiping off all the dust with a tack cloth, I black waxed and buffed the piece using the same waxing technique I used here and here.
Step #4. Add New Hardware
I added new hardware from Hobby Lobby and I’m loving this makeover. What do you think?
I’D LOVE TO HEAR IF YOU’VE EVER TRIED AN OMBRE PAINT EFFECT BEFORE? IF YOU HAVE ANY COLOR COMBO’S YOU’D LIKE SHARE OR HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU!
Thanks and have an inspiring day my friends!
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