THIS LARGE EMPIRE DRESSER GETS A PAINT MAKEOVER WITH FRENCH LINEN AND GRAVEL ROAD
Hi creative friends, I’m so excited about today’s makeover! This beast of an Empire Dresser was a TON of work but I’m thrilled with the outcome.
Also, it’s Furniture Fixer Upper day! If you’re new to the #siblog, the fourth Thursday of every month we join my super talented blogger friends to share our before and after furniture makeovers. I’ll link to their furniture restyles below.
Has this ever happened to you? You’re shopping in a large store… the ReStore in my case. You see a piece of furniture and it looks small — or at least a ‘normal’ size. Then you bring it home and realize oh*my*gosh… it’s a beast! I was shocked by how big this piece really is!
Here’s the before. A really old and gorgeous well-built piece that just needed a little fixer-upper-TLC.
I went back and forth on whether to paint or stain but opted for a more modern finish.
What do you think? I’m loving the gray wash with the contrast light knobs!
This wash looks very textured (I have close-ups later in the post) but it’s super smooth to the touch!
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PAINTED EMPIRE DRESSER
This dresser was a backbreaker. It kept falling off my wheels while transporting it for sanding and painting. Even the drawers weigh a ton. But that said… WOW! It’s a privilege to work on such an old well-built beauty. They really don’t make them like this anymore! And check out these old notes I found in the top drawer.
Here’s the step-by-step to get this look.
STEP #1:: Clean and Sand
I started by giving this piece a super good cleaning with this White Lightning Cleaner. Then I sanded all the interior drawers and scuff sanded the entire outside of this piece.
STEP #2:: Primer
STEP #3:: Paint Base Coat
For the base coat, I painted two coats of this gorgeous French Linen.
STEP #4:: Gray Wash
I gray washed the entire dresser. I mixed 80% Gravel Road with 20% water. I brushed on the wash and then wiped it off with these shop towels. This paint wash technique is so easy to do and makes a HUGE difference. Below you can see the parts of this dresser that were gray washed compared to the base coat of French Linen. I also have a paint wash video tutorial for you here.
STEP #5:: Paint Wood Knobs
These knobs are BOLTED on! I’ve never seen this before so there was no way I could take them off. I painted them in this Sawmill Gravy to add contrast.
Also, check out the textured-looking finish. It almost looks like stone but it’s actually really smooth.
STEP #6:: Shading w Black Wax
For the final step, I did a little shading with black wax. TIP ~ A fancy wax brush is NOT needed to get beautiful shading. When I first started painting I couldn’t afford wax brushes and used old t-shirts, paper towels and chip brushes. These work really well! Just be sure to keep the metal/ferrule away from your fresh paint finish so it doesn’t get scratched.
I have no idea how my sister and I carried this upstairs to stage it but we DID… and here it is!
And now for some FURNITURE FIXER UPPER FUN!
I know you’re going to LOVE what my creative team of Furniture Fixer Upper girls do! Below are their BEFORE photos – visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and to learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek as well! x
1. Salvaged Inspirations (happy you’re here!)
I’ll be back next week with a Quick Tip Tuesday Roundup jam-packed with painting tips and time-saving ideas for your furniture makeovers. See you then!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS PAINTED EMPIRE DRESSER OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting my friends!
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