HOW TO UPDATE YOUR FURNITURE WITH DIXIE BELLE’S MOST POPULAR DROP CLOTH PAINT COLOR! | $25 THRIFTED KROEHLER MCM TALLBOY GETS AN EASY-TO-DO MODERN FINISH!
If you’re looking for THE MOST POPULAR color for your painted furniture, then this makeover is for you! This neutral is a number one seller. You’ll see why when I share this stunning $25 MCM Dresser Makeover!
Hello, beautiful creative friends, and Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed your holiday season. I had planned all these things I wanted to do over the holidays but it ended up being more relaxing than ‘doing’. I’m perfectly fine with this. We are human beings – not human doings, right?! 😉 I did take some to sew (which I’m not exceptionally great at but I love to pretend!) and do some other hobbies which I rarely get to do. That said, it’s FABULOUS to be back so thanks for joining me today!
Let’s get this first-of-the-year makeover started!
I found this Kroehler MCM Tallboy at my local thrift store for selling for $25! It was looking and smiling at me so I had to take it home.
Some of the wood was a little banged up and there were a few chips in the veneer as you can see on the top drawer.
But Kroehler was an established furniture manufacturer so what a lucky find for the price. It’s a great piece to salvage and give new life.
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Kroehler Dresser – SALVAGED
Sand Paper | Tack Cloth
Bondo All-Purpose Putty
BIN Shellac Base Primer
2″ Chip Brush
Oval Medium Paint Brush
Au Naturel Water-Based Stain
Drop Cloth Chalk Mineral Paint
Satin Clear Coat
DROP CLOTH TO THE RESCUE
I’m always amazed at how paint can totally transform a piece of furniture. And if you’re a fan of clean-looking neutrals like I am, why not go for a tried and true winner – this Drop Cloth Chalk Mineral Paint. This is Dixie Belle’s top seller and I can see why.
PREP | CLEAN | SAND
To give this dresser a good cleaning I used White Lightening in a spray bottle and a large sponge. After it was cleaned, I made sure to wipe it down with a clean sponge to remove any residue.
The drawers had someone’s name and initials written in black Sharpie so while I was scuff sanding the finish, I made sure to sand the name off the sides. While I was at it, I sanded the inside of the drawers to look brand spank’n new as well.
FILLING WITH WOOD FILLER
I used a ‘softer’ wood filler for the smaller knicks and cracks. This wood filler is very easy to apply and easy to sand.
FILLING WITH BONDO
I used Bondo All Purpose Putty for the hardware holes and larger areas where the veneer was missing. Bondo is super durable and dries extremely fast. I have a full tutorial on how to use Bondo for Repairs here.
TAPING & PRIMING
To get a clean professional look, I taped off the inside of the dresser with painter’s tape.
PAINTING AND SANDING BETWEEN COATS
Okay, here’s the fun part! Picking my color was EASY. To kick off the year, I went with Dixie Belle’s most popular color – Drop Cloth Chalk Mineral Paint. It’s a lovely linen white with gorgeous warm undertones. The perfect neutral for any furniture makeover.
STAINING THE BASE
I really liked the natural wood base against the Drop Cloth. To keep them looking natural but ‘finished’ I used this Au Natural Water Based Stain. I poured a little into a plastic container and applied it with an inexpensive chip brush. Working in sections, I applied the stain and then wiped it back with a shop towel. One coat did the trick.
To protect and finish this painted dresser I used this Satin Clear Coat. I also tinted it with a tiny bit of paint. I sprayed three coats sanding very lightly between the first and second coats. No need to sand the last coat.
To give this dresser a modern look (and keep the original smiley theme…hehe) I found these gorgeous Brushed Brass Handles on Amazon. I paired and installed two of them together to create a circular hardware detail on the top drawer. I LOVE the way this looks! What do you think?
And here’s the finished look!
I love the way the ‘circle hardware’ lines up with the detail on the top drawer.
And the sides and insides of the wood drawers complement the Drop Cloth finish perfectly.
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 33.8K so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t done so already! So exciting, thank YOU! 🙂
Here’s another look at this MCM tallboy before and after. I hope it’s inspired you and given you some new ideas for your projects. Feel free to PIN and SHARE so you can save it for later!
I’ll be back next Tuesday with my Trash To Treasure Crew sharing this trash-bound mirror makeover. You’re not going to believe the night and day difference. Perfect for staging and styling your painted furniture or home. I can’t wait to share!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS DROP CLOTH DRESSER MAKEOVER. FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting friends!
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