A DOG-BITTEN DRESSER GETS A GORGEOUS MAKEOVER USING DIXIE BELLE’S ENGLISH IVY COTTAGE PAINT **GIVEAWAY ALERT** | YOUTUBE VIDEO COMING THIS SATURDAY!
Hi sweet friends and welcome back. Today I’m sharing a salvaged dresser makeover with a new to me English Ivy Cottage Paint Color. I’ve also found my new favorite tool to stencil with. Last week I mentioned I bought an airbrush to use on my wreath – but I didn’t end up trying it. Well, I had so much fun with it this week. Just wait until you see how amazing this airbrushed stencil looks!
I’m also sharing –
- How To Remove Rusted Castor Wheels
- How To Repair Dog-Chewed Furniture
- How To Stencil With An Airbrush
- And more
And, I’m joining four super-talented bloggers for a FUN DIXIE BELLE GIVEAWAY FOR YOU!!! Be sure to read until the end of this post on how to enter. Then visit my furniture painting friends for an opportunity to enter 4 more generous giveaways!
A BIG thank you to Dixie Belle Paint Company for sponsoring today’s post!
Here’s the salvaged three-drawer dresser I started with. I found it selling at my local Restore. I paid $70 for this dresser thinking it was in pretty good shape. Wait until you see the doozie damage that I missed… I still can’t believe I didn’t see it.
The dresser is solid wood and very well built but had a few scratches that needed filling. But that was nothing in comparison to what I saw once I brought it home.
Check out these dog scratches or bites. How did I miss this????!!!! 🤦♀️ I can’t even say it was because I was lazy and didn’t pull it out from between two pieces of furniture before buying it. If you look at the before pic, this dresser was at the end of the row and this side was the one that was totally exposed. Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s ever missed something like this…lol.
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WHAT YOU’LL NEED
$70 Thrifted Dresser – SALVAGED
White Lightning Cleaner
2 in 1 Pry Bar
All Purpose Bondo
Bosch Sander (25% OFF as of writing this!)
36″ Wood Clamp
BIN Shellac Based Primer
Dixie Mud Filler White
English Ivy Chalk Mineral Paint
Gold Moonshine Metallics
2″ Flat Paint Brush
Gator Hide Topcoat
Brushed Brass Hardware Knobs
Enchanted Garden Stencil
Timbertech Air Brush Compressor Kit
ENGLISH IVY DRESSER MAKEOVER
Challenge on to fix this doggy-damaged dresser up and make her pretty again!
To prep this dresser for paint I started by removing the hardware. I used plyers to twist off these old square nuts. Then using a Pry Bar, I pried up the finishing nail holding the hardware plate on. These prybars are SUPER handy for so many applications when restoring furniture.
I cleaned the dresser with White Lightning. I made sure to use a brush to get the dirt out of the grooves and all those dog bites. Then I rinsed the sponge and gave the entire piece a wipe-down with clean water to remove any residue.
HOW TO REMOVE CASTOR WHEELS
There was one castor wheel missing on this dresser. I originally thought of replacing the wheel. I have some antique wheels in my inventory but then I reconsidered as I wanted a more modern look. To take all four castor wheels off, I used a pry bar and hammer. I’ll have the full how-to on this Saturday’s YouTube video – but the basics are to pry the plate away from the bottom of the wood leg. Position the pry bar against the plate and then wack the pry bar with your hammer until it pops out. Depending on how rusted the castor wheels are will dictate how easy or challenging it will be to remove.
HOW TO FIX DOG-CHEWED FURNITURE
So as I mentioned, I have NO IDEA how I missed this in the store or loading it into my car. But it stuck out like a sore thumb when I brought it down to my studio! To fix these dog bites or scratches I used Bondo. It dries fast. It dries super hard and is durable.
Here are the steps to fix dog-damaged furniture –
- Flipping the dresser, I secured a board and created a ‘frame’ along the bottom of the damaged side. This allowed me to create a straight edge for the Bondo fix.
- I mixed up a good amount of Bondo and spread it onto the damaged wood making sure to cover and fill all the bite/scratch marks.
- When the Bondo was semi-dry (5-10 min) I removed the board.
- After it dried (about 20 min) I sanded it down smooth.
- There were still a few spots that needed building up, so I repeated steps 2 and 4 until it was perfect.
SAND & PRIME
After I was finished with the repair, I gave the entire piece a scuff sanding with my Bosch Sander which is 25% OFF as of writing this post! I gave the top of this desk some extra sanding to smooth out the large scratches and used Bondo to fill any other divots and imperfections. I primed with two coats of BIN Shellac Primer to cover all the bleed-through. I have a full tutorial on How To Use BIN Shellac Based Primer HERE.
PAINTING WITH ENGLISH IVY
Now for the fun part! I chose to paint this dresser in this English Ivy which is a beautiful earthy forest green with gray undertones.
I applied two coats using my two-inch flat brush.
Then I let it dry overnight.
HOW TO STENCIL WITH AN AIRBRUSH
Using an airbrush is all new to me but let me tell you, friends, this is FUUUUNNNN! It’s my new favorite ‘toy’ and I can’t wait to learn and create different finishes with it. I was surprised at how little paint it uses and how precise and thin coats of paint it applies. Perfect for stenciling as it dries really fast and is ready for another coat within minutes.
Here’s how I stenciled with the airbrush –
- I diluted a little Gold Metallic Paint with water and added it to the airbrush cup.
- I connected my airbrush to the compressor and turned it on.
- Then I positioned my Enchanted Garden Stencil in place using painter’s tape and airbrushed a thin coat onto the stencil.
- I dried the metallic paint for a few seconds with my heat gun.
- Then repeated airbrushing another coat… super fun and easy!
TOPCOAT AND PROTECT
I bought these brass knobs off Amazon and they worked perfectly with the metallic stencil design.
FINISHED ENGLISH IVY DRESSER
Here’s the finished look.
And here’s a closer look at the airbrushed gold metallic stencil design against the English Ivy.
What do you think? When the light hits it just right, it shimmers and glows!
I’ll be posting the full step-by-step YouTube tutorial here on Saturday. Our #siyoutubefamily is already a community of 40.8K and growing so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t done so already! So exciting, thank YOU! 🙂
AND NOW FOR A FUN GIVEAWAY!
Here’s a chance to win $250 worth of Dixie Belle Products. To enter, follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter box below.
The winner will be randomly picked and announced on Tuesday, September 26th here on the blog. The winner has 48 hours to claim their Dixie Belle Giveaway before another winner is selected so be sure to check back. Good luck everyone!!
Want four (4) more chances to WIN! 🙂
Below are the BEFORE photos of my talented bloggers and their Cottage Paint makeovers. Visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and learn how they did it! Then enter their giveaways as well! x
2. SALVAGED INSPIRATIONS (HAPPY YOU’RE HERE!)
Here’s another look at this salvaged dresser before and after. I hope it’s inspired you and given you some ideas for your projects!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS DRESSER MAKEOVER IN THE COMMENTS BELOW OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy painting my friends!
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