THIS VINTAGE DRESSER GETS A GORGEOUS REDO WITH SOME FLORAL ROMANCE!
Hi, creative #sifamily! It’s Furniture Fixer Upper day and I have a gorgeous Dresser Redo to share with you!
Here’s the vintage dresser I started with. If it looks familiar–good memory! This piece was a FFU Feature a few months back. I never listed it for sale and unfortunately, we are still in Covid lockdown so no thrift stores are open to buy new inventory.
Here’s her new look!
What do you think? I’ll link to this dresser’s first makeover at the end of this post so you can compare the two looks. I’d love to hear which one you like better.
It’s amazing how a little paint and in this case a transfer can TOTALLY change a piece.
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Vintage Dresser – SALVAGED
Dewalt Orbital Sander
Sandpaper | Tack Cloth
B-I-N Shellac Primer
Water Misting Spray Bottle
Cotton Chalk Mineral Paint
Aubergine Chalk Mineral Paint
Floral Romance Transfer
Satin Clear Coat
FLORAL ROMANCE DRESSER REDO
PREP – SAND + PRIME
I started by sanding this piece using my Dewalt Orbital Sander and a 220 grit sandpaper. As textured as this piece looked, it felt smooth. So a 220 sandpaper worked perfectly to knock down the paint and give it some tooth for a new finish.
Pro Tip – Use a tack cloth to clean all the dust after sanding. They are inexpensive and work AMAZING!
I have a little pet peeve though. Even though I love how efficient these tack clothes are, I don’t like the tacky feel… even through my gloves. To solve my neurotic irritation, I keep the wrap on one side while I’m using it.
At this stage, I wasn’t sure what color(s) I was going to use so I primed it with two coats of B-I-N Shellac Based Primer sanding between coats. I have a Youtube tutorial on How To Use BIN Shellac Based Primer here.
I blocked in my two colors for the first coat. On the second coat, I started blending the wet paint together to create a gradient.
Using a clean soft brush, I feathered the wet paint together as shown below. I have a full video on How to Blend Furniture here.
FLORAL ROMANCE TRANSFER
I left the dresser to dry overnight and the next day I added this Floral Romance Transfer.
I’m in L•O•V•E with this floral design! So many gorgeous colors to pull from when using this on a painted piece of furniture.
To add this transfer, I laid the dresser on its back and then played around with the pattern by cutting a few pieces of the transfer to fit. Applying the transfer is easy.
- You remove its backing,
- Place it where you want.
- Smooth it out.
- Rub the design on with the applicator provided.
I have a full video tutorial on How To Rub-On Transfers here.
To blend the transfer into the paint, I gave it a light sanding. Sanding a transfer cuts down on the contrast and mutes the colors slightly. In areas, you can see a little of the paint underneath.
These floral knobs from Hobby Lobby were a good match for the romantic theme but I didn’t like the original color. To make them a custom match for this dresser, they were painted with two coats of Cotton.
I debated adding some depth using dark wax and then decided against it. I brought this piece up for staging before topcoating but when I do, I’ll be spraying 2-3 coats of this Satin Clear Coat.
Here’s what this dresser looked like in the different stages of this makeover.
And a few more after pics…
It turned out really romantic and really lovely.
And the nice thing about working with transfers is they are SUPER forgiving. If you have any flaws in your furniture, they are a perfect way to hide them in an artistic way… and you don’t have to be an artist!
AND NOW FOR SOME FURNITURE FIXER-UPPER FUN!
You’re going to LOVE what my creative team of Furniture Fixer Upper ladies do! Below are their BEFORE photos. Visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek as well! x
4. SALVAGED INSPIRATIONS (HAPPY YOU’RE HERE!)
Here’s another look at this dresser redo before and after. I hope it’s inspired you and given you some new ideas for your projects!
As promised, here’s the first look this dresser had. It’s amazing how the same piece of furniture can look so different, right?! I’d love to hear which style you prefer.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS FLORAL ROMANCE DRESSER REDO. 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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