This salvaged dresser goes way back – at least 18-years, maybe even twenty. When I lived in my condo, a neighbor of mine was getting rid of their teenage son’s two-tier with shapely bunt feet. It was covered in stickers and scratches, but I was happy to take this piece off their hands.
My Dad originally took the time to clean, strip, sand and stain this piece for me. And over the years, this dresser has gotten a lot of use! I had mixed feelings about restyling it, but it was looking a little sad and tired and I was ready for a change. Old worn, torn, and faded denim was my inspiration for this before and after. What do you think?
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- Two Tier Dresser ( Salvaged)
- Paint Brush
- DIY Dawn and Vinegar Cleaner 50/50 mix
- Sand Paper & Tack Cloth
- Spray Bottle for water/blending paint
- DB ‘Savannah Mist” Chalk Mineral Paint
- DB ‘Sea Glass’ Chalk Mineral Paint
- DB ‘Bunker Hill Blue’ Chalk Mineral Paint
- Dixie Belle’s Black Wax
- Warm Gold Gilding Wax
- Pearl Ex Aztec Gold
- Hobby Lobby and Salvaged Hardware
The colors I used to achieve this faded denim dresser (in order) are DB Savannah Mist, Sea Glass, Bunker Hill Blue. To get the old worn look, the layered paint was distressed with sandpaper in areas that would normally wear, and then top-coated/brushed in DB Black Wax. I added an applique to the backboard and raised stencils on front corners.
To highlight the raised stencil and applique, I used DB Gold Wax. To get a little extra glitter, I brushed some Pearl Ex Aztek Gold right on top of the Gold Wax. This was my first time using powdered pigments and it really does make a big difference! The powder can be added to paint, varnish, glue, wax etc OR brushed on top of any tacky surface to add some metallic glam. A little goes a long way and this stuff packs a punch!
Here I’m applying the Pearl Ex while right after the wax was freshly applied.
And here’s the piece once the wax had dried and the excess was wiped off.
This dresser was another case of ‘small world’ meetups. It turns out that last year when I had my roof replaced, one of the roofers was my old neighbor – the original owner of this dresser!
I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS DENIM INSPIRED DRESSER. IF YOU HAVE ANY TIPS YOU’D LIKE SHARE OR HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU!
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