BRUSH AND ROLL PAINTED DRESSER FOR A SMOOTH FINISH WITH NO BRUSHMARKS | YOUTUBE VIDEO
Hello creative friends! Do you hate brushmarks on your paint projects? Today I’m sharing a brush-and-roll paint technique that helps eliminate ugly brush strokes. I’ve been seeing a lot of professional painters using this method. Even one of Nick’s trades “Tommy the Painter” offers this brush-and-roll paint technique when working on high-end doors and cabinets. And this is the exact same way I used to paint my french door black if you missed last week’s post. I’m sharing my thoughts on using the brush-on-roll-off method on furniture… and I’m going to let YOU decide what you think of this finish by sharing close-up pics!
Here’s the MCM Dresser I started with. I picked it up from the Restore for $40. Just look at that face, right?!. hehe
The laminate top had some wear and tear.
And there were some chips and gouges that needed repairing. Otherwise, it was in great shape.
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MCM Dresser – SALVAGED
White Lightning Cleaner
Gorilla Epoxy Stick (similar)
Slick Stick Primer for Laminate
BIN Shellac-Based Primer
Flat Large 2″ Paint Brush
4″ Paint Roller
Au Naturel Stain
Cape Current Silk Paint
Brushed Brass Hardware
BRUSH AND ROLL PAINTED DRESSER
Here’s how this MCM dresser came together using this brush-on-roll-off paint method. I can’t wait to hear what you think!
CLEANING | PREP
This dresser got a good cleaning on the inside and out using this White Lightening Cleaner mixed with some water in a spray bottle. Then I removed the eyes and mouth hardware and also the wood plates that were held on by screws. If any of you have any ideas on how to salvage these pieces I’d love to hear your ideas!
Before filling any hardware holes, dings, and gouges, I went ahead and added one coat of this Slick Stick. If you want to eliminate sanding altogether, this bonding primer is amazing for slick surfaces.
FILL HARDWARE HOLES
Once the dresser was clean and dry, I filled the hardware holes using Gorilla Epoxy Stick. This epoxy stick looks and feels like clay and is very easy to use. I’ve been using it more lately because it doesn’t have a strong odor as Bondo does. This is a great alternative for me in the cold months because I don’t want to open my studio windows. Here’s how to use it…
- Cut off a little piece using a putty or utility knife.
- Knead it in between your fingers until it becomes pliable and all one color.
- Then press it into the old holes or any dings and dents.
What I like to do is fill the majority of the hardware holes using the above method, but leave a little space to top it off with wood fill. The reason is once the epoxy dries, it’s as hard as a rock and very difficult to sand. The wood filler is really easy to sand smooth by hand or with a palm sander as seen below.
SAND & STAIN
While I had my sander out, I sanded the old finish off the feet and base of the dresser.
To keep the raw wood look, I stained the feet and the two wood runners using this Water-Based Au Naturel Stain. It kept the wood looking all-natural. There wasn’t much difference at all but just enough to take a little of the yellow/red out of the wood tone.
Now for the fun part! I chose to paint this MCM Dresser in this vibrant blue – Cape Current. I’m not going to lie. When I first started brushing it onto the drawers my first reaction what OHHH NOOO because it’s such a strong blue. I wasn’t sure it was ‘retro’ enough for this MCM style but as you’ll see, the finished look is awesome!
I used my 2.5″ flat synthetic brush to apply a generous amount of paint making sure to get all the areas of the drawer covered.
Then using my 4″ high-density foam roller, I rolled OVER the brushed-on paint to eliminate any brush strokes. On the first pass, I applied a normal amount of pressure. The second pass (as you’ll see in this Saturday’s youtube video) I rolled with a very light touch. Just enough to even out the paint.
Below is a closer look at the above. On the first passing, I definitely saw wet brush marks because I used a good amount of paint. On the second passing with the roller, I saw a small amount of texture aka an “orange peel effect” caused by the roller. Most of it leveled out after it dried. I also made sure to sand in between each coat as well.
I also used the roller to paint the edges. Two coats were required for full coverage on this dresser.
CLEANING UP PAINT
As clean as I try to be when painting, a little paint and/or primer usually will get on the drawer guides or undersides of the dresser.
Pro Tip ~An easy way to fix this is to take your sander and sand the excess paint away. It’s super easy to do and check out the professional-looking results!
BRUSHED BRASS HARDWARE
No topcoat is required because Silk-All-In-One Mineral Paints have a built-in primer and topcoat included.
Here’s how it all came together. What do you think of this NEW look?
I love the brushed brass hardware against this vibrant blue!
And as promised, here are a few close-ups. I hope you can see the tiny texture left behind by the roller. In some areas, it’s a little more visible than in others.
I’m guessing maybe the paint was a little thicker or thinner in those areas… or maybe it dried a little faster in those areas?? Or maybe I should try another type of roller next time.
Either way, you really have to look very closely to see this.
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS FINISH
If you’re having trouble with brush marks, this is a GREAT alternative to getting a similar look to a sprayed finish. It’s not as flawless or smooth as a spray finish, but standing back, I don’t think anyone would be able to tell the difference. It’s only upon a really close-up look that you can see there is a tiny bit of texture.
I’ll definitely be trying this technique again. I’d like to try it out with different paint velocities and different rollers to see if I can get to an almost perfect sprayed finish. Challenge on!
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on Youtube. If you have any problems viewing it below, feel free to watch it on my Youtube Channel HERE. Our #siyoutubefamily is already a community of 37.3K so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t done so already! So exciting, thank YOU! 🙂
Here’s another look at this MCM Dresser before and after. I hope this makeover has inspired you and given you some new painting ideas for your projects.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS BRUSH AND ROLL FINISH AND THE MCM DRESSER. FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting friends!