Hi friends! I hope you’re doing well and had a fun and relaxing long weekend. Big thanks to all of you who participated in last weeks Dixie Belle Paint Giveaway. I’ll announce the winners at the end of this post, but first, I’ll share this DIY Weathered Wood Dresser. I know I’ve said it before, but I’m always amazed at how a little paint can transform old furniture!
I picked up this old Fumed Oak Dresser at an antique market a good few years ago.
**Update – One of my readers, an antique dealer at Fox and Finch Antiques was kind enough to send me more info on this old dresser. It’s not actually Fumed Oak but an American chiffonier’s finish with quarter-sawn oak. It was made around 1905-1910. The dark color resembles fumed oak but is actually from 100 years of wax and just being in the environment. Thanks, Ginene! 🙂
I really like the size and shape because it fits perfectly on this narrow wall in my bedroom. Now, with the walls painted white and the rest of the room getting a makeover, this dresser was looking a little dark and tired – so time for a change.
What do you think? It looks so much better now, doesn’t it? I’m loving this updated weathered look. Andrea and I saw an almost identical finish in Pier 1 and Homesense, so I’m happy I was able to replicate it. 🙂
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- Antique Fumed Oak Dresser – SALVAGED!
- BOSS Clear Stain Block
- Drop Cloth Chalky Mineral Paint
- Sand Bar Chalky Mineral Paint
- Brown Wax
- 2 Paint Brushes (1 hard bristled brush for wax – cheap dollar store brushes work great)
HOW TO CREATE DIY WEATHERED WOOD::
- Clean the furniture
- Prime with a Clear Stain Blocker (I used 2 coats)
- Dry Brush a Base Coat of Drop Cloth adding heavier paint in areas
- Repeat the above paint method with Sandbar
- Lightly Brush on Brown Wax With a Hard Bristle Brush
- Do NOT Rub the wax in OR Sand
I started with cleaning the furniture and then brushed on 2 coats of BOSS Clear Stain Blocker. Clear stain blockers, whether you use straight shellac or any other brand on the market, are perfect when you need to stop staining – yet want a fair amount of distressing or wood showing through.
To get the weathered wood look, it’s all about color and paint technique. The two colors should be within the same family, but one should be a few shades darker than the other. Beiges, browns, creams, and greys are all great for this weathered wood look.
For the first coat, use Drop Cloth. I dry brushed it on (leaving a fair amount of wood showing through) and then built up some areas until the paint was fully covering the wood.
I repeated the above paint technique with Sand Bar. The nice part with this weathered wood paint technique is NO sanding is required. I painted this piece right in my bedroom because there’s no dust. The more texture there is, the more authentic the finish!
After the paint dried, I brushed on Brown Wax with a stiff bristled brush and a very light hand. I used long steady strokes going from one end of a drawer to the other. Then the same for the top, sides etc.
The brushed-on dark wax is the icing on the cake. Once it’s brushed on, it creates wonderful texture and contrast. Just be sure NOT to rub the wax in. It takes a little longer to dry, but well worth it if you want this look.
Here’s a close-up look…
If you missed my past bedroom projects, you can see them here…
And now for the lucky winners! A BIG thank you to Dixie Belle Paints for sponsoring the giveaway and again, thanks to everyone who participated!
Please contact me within the next 48 hours to claim your Dixie Belle Prize Package. I can’t wait to hear what you think of BOSS and DB’s new chalky mineral colors. 🙂
I hope you like the weathered wood dresser makeover. Feel free to chime in if you have any questions or would just like to say ‘HI’. I always love hearing from you!
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