Have you ever worked on a project that seemed to fight you every step of the way?
This 80’s dresser was one of ‘those’ pieces. Nothing about this restyle went smoothly, so I had to take a break every few days to get some perspective.
It took me what-felt-like FOREVER to finish it up!
Here are just a few of the things that went wrong. But don’t worry. This isn’t a gripe session or a negative-nelly post. There IS a happy ending, some good advice, and gorgeous after pics for you down below… so read on! I LOVE how this dresser all came together. But as you’ll see, it took a while to get there.
Take 1 ~ I posted the pic below on my Facebook Page because I wasn’t sure I liked Miss Mustard Seed’s (MMS) Boxwood Green. Then I realized it wasn’t the green I disliked, it was the painted top. The black was way too dark for such a large piece.
Take 2 ~ I repainted the frame of the top the same color as the dresser. Better. But not great. Still not doing it for me.
Take 3~ I thought the perfect solution would be to cover the black top by decoupaging it with a pretty floral. This idea and technique is amazing, but as you can see, it looked nasty! This floral was horrid over the black. I bet you can’t even tell it’s a floral…lol.
Take 4 ~ So I decided to sand everything off and stain the top. Brilliant right? Nope. Sanded right through the veneer… so that wasn’t going to happen.
My list of frustrations goes on but you get the point.
Finally… PERSISTENCE = SUCCESS!
Here’s how it all came together:
– Carved 80’s design on the top drawers and old hardware holes were filled in with Bondo.
– Painted in MMS Boxwood using the Vaseline Distressing Technique. This shows the warm wood and created a ‘controlled’ chippy look.
– Top sanded down and decoupaged with a French Design tissue paper from Michael’s. Then sanded and dark waxed. The top looks amazing with the real wood grain showing through!
– Entire dresser antiqued/aged with Minwax Dark Walnut Stain and a DIY Custom Dark Wax.
– New hardware.
All the work and challenges were well worth it. I LOVE this French Country Dresser!
So why am I sharing my ‘failed’ attempts with you?
Because judging from some of the emails I’ve received, many of you are under the impression that we ‘experienced’ furniture painters knock off a perfectly good looking piece the first time around.
Yes, it’s true that with experience, it gets easier to visualize what you want and work with different products and tools…BUT…a great looking piece doesn’t always happen on the first take!
I hope knowing this encourages you to to be creative. Follow your inspiration.
Don’t be afraid to start that piece you’ve been wanting to update. Try different techniques and products. And if you don’t get it right on the first try… THAT’S OK!
It’s not a failure…it’s a learning experience!
Feel free to chime in with your thoughts and let me know what you think of the dresser. And ohhh.. how’s my staging? I followed some of the good advice you all gave me so thanks for leaving your comments. You guys are the best! 🙂
Have an amazing day!