HOW TO TURN A WATERFALL DRESSER INTO A PAINTED AND STAINED BEAUTY! | YOUTUBE VIDEO
Hi, sweet friends! Last week one of my readers, JoAnne who also lives in the GTA reached out and asked if I’d like this dresser. I was so flattered JoAnne thought of me. If you’re reading, thanks, JoAnne! 🤗 Today I’m sharing this painted and stained waterfall dresser makeover. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I enjoyed working on it!
It’s also Furniture Fixer Upper Day where my blogging besties share their before and afters as well. You can check them out at the bottom of today’s post!
Here’s the waterfall dresser that was gifted by JoAnne. It’s in great structural shape minus surface scratches and some missing parts on the handles.
Before I get into the how-to details here’s the NEW painted and stained look! What do you think?
I love the grain on this top drawer! And doesn’t it look amazing stained in grey?
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Waterfall Dresser – SALVAGED
PAINTED AND STAINED WATERFALL DRESSER
Here’s how it all came together…
I started by removing the hardware. There were only two bakelite domes left on this hardware set so I removed them as well.
Pro Tip – I always keep my hardware in a container for safekeeping while working on a piece. I can’t tell you how many times a knob or handle has gone MIA. hehe
CLEAN AND SAND
Once the hardware was off and safely stashed, I went ahead and gave the inside and outside of this waterfall dresser a good cleaning with this TSP substitute. Once it was clean and dry, I scuff-sanded the entire dresser with an orbital sander and a 180 grit sandpaper.
STRIP OFF OLD VARNISH
To strip the old varnish off the top of this dresser, I used Citristrip Paint Stripper. I applied the Citristrip with a chip brush and then wrapped it in plastic wrap to keep the Citristrip activated. After putting in a load of laundry and doing other chores, I went back downstairs and the varnish scraped off easily. Then I cleaned it off with Mineral Spirits.
UP IN SMOKE STAIN
I masked off the top portion of the dresser with green painter’s tape. Then using this Up In Smoke water-based stain, I stained the top, the sides, and the top drawer. I have a full tutorial on How To Stain With Waterbased Stains here.
I painted the three drawers and bottom three-quarters of this dresser in this gorgeous blue called Deep Sea. Then I masked off the corners and painted them as well which I’ve shared in the Youtube video below. This Silk paint has a primer and topcoat included, a time saver.
DECOR WAX HARDWARE
Check out these handles rubbed with Gold Decor Wax! What a difference and so easy to use. I took a little on my finger and rubbed it in. I looked online to link to this Redesign Eternal Decor Wax and came up empty-handed but this gilding wax works just as well!
TOPCOAT | PROTECTION
No top coat is needed for the painted portion of this dresser. To seal and protect the drawers I’m going to use this spray wax. It’s super easy to use and has a flat finish.
Here’s the finished look!
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on Youtube. If you have any problems viewing below, feel free to watch it on my Youtube Channel HERE. Our #siyoutubefamily has hit 14.1K so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t done so already! So exciting, thank YOU! 🙂
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 below to see the amazing AFTERS and learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek as well! x
3. SALVAGED INSPIRATIONS (HAPPY YOU’RE HERE!)
Here’s another look at this dresser’s before and after. I hope it’s inspired you and given you some new ideas for your projects! Again, a BIG THANK YOU JoAnne. I really appreciated you thinking of me!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS PAINTED AND STAINED WATERFALL 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!