A VINTAGE DRESSER GETS A MAKEOVER USING RUSTIC RED PAINT, WOODUBEND, AND AN EASY TECHNIQUE FOR AGING AND DISTRESSING.
Hi beautiful #sifamily, thanks for joining me! Today I’m transforming this vintage dresser into a rustic red beauty using the perfect Rustic Red Paint, an easy paint distressing technique, and WoodUbend appliques.
As you know, painting is a creative outlet for me. But another reason I love furniture painting is that I learn something new with each makeover… and then I get to share it with you!
I learned a lot about fumed oak a.k.a tigerwood on this one. 😲
I’m also sharing ~
- How to get a perfectly painted lip under your stained dresser top
- How to Distress with Paint
- The BEST Sandpaper Grits for a gorgeous stained top
- How To Sand WITHOUT dust
Here’s what I started with. This vintage tigerwood/fumed oak dresser. I shared a before video on my Facebook page which you can see here.
Here’s the after. What do you think?
Can you see the tigerwood showing through the paint? I tried to capture it on camera but it’s pretty subtle unless the light hits it just right.
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- Vintage Dresser – SALVAGED
- White Lightning (cleaner)
- Paint Brushes
- Stencil Brush (for distressing)
- Sandpaper | Shop Towels
- DeWalt Orbital Sander
- Coffee Bean (for aging & distressing)
- Rustic Red (basecoat)
- WoodUbend Corner Molds
- Posh Chalk Patina (for Keyholes)
- Expresso Gel Stain
- Satin Clear Coat
RUSTIC RED PAINTED DRESSER
I bought this dresser off Facebook Market Place. It had been in storage for some time so I gave it a really thorough cleaning with this heavy-duty cleaner.
Of the entire makeover, the sanding was the most time-consuming because I was hoping to salvage the wood top. Unfortunately, the gouges and scratches were too deep. Once I started sanding, the fumed oak/tigerwood disappeared and I was left with ‘average-looking’ wood.
A few of my FB friends sent me some articles on how to get the fumed oak look. It’s an interesting process. I also found this youtube video explaining how ammonia fumes bring out the tannins and darken the wood. If you’re interested in how wood reacts, they’re an interesting read.
To get a super smooth stained finish on dresser tops…
- I start with either a 60 or 80 grit sandpaper depending on the hardness of the wood and what I’m stipping off or leveling out.
- When this orbital sander has done the heavy sanding, I switch to a 120 grit and go over it all again.
- A 220 comes next to smooth everything out even more.
- Then I hand sand with a 220-320 fine sanding pad.
- Now it’s ready for stain!
Also, if you don’t want to make a mess when you sand, here’s a really inexpensive way to sand WITHOUT dust. If you have a vacuum, all you need is an inexpensive attachment!
But even before I stain, here’s what I do to get a PERFECTLY painted underlip on the dresser top.
While I’m painting the dresser, I paint the underlip. If a little paint gets onto the edge (as in pic below) I don’t worry about it. After the paint has all dried and I’m ready to stain, I sand the edges of the dresser top. Then stain. This leaves me with a perfectly clean line of paint where the stain meets up.
To give this dresser more character, I added these WoodUbend Corner Molds. These appliques are really easy to work with because once they are heated, they actually bend and mold perfectly to the surface. I have a full tutorial including a video here.
To give them a distressed and aged look, I dry brushed a tiny bit of this Coffee Bean just hitting the high spots of the applique. This is the simplest technique and takes barely any paint at all. I find a good stiff stenciling brush gives me the best result for this method.
I created a video tutorial using this paint aging here. (starting at 5:55 in the video)
For the small metal keyholes, I used this Posh Chalk Patina from WoodUbend.
I love the end result and I’m smitten with this chunky hardware as well.
Here’s another look at the before and after…
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS SALVAGED RUSTY RED DRESSER OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE. I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
UPDATE:: It’s almost one year later and I just found out this Rustic Red Dresser made the FULL back cover on the Country Sampler Farmhouse Style Autumn 2021 Issue. I couldn’t be more thrilled!
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Oh, Denise, this lovely lady is once again a striking show piece!!!!!!!! I love everything about this beautiful dresser: the color, the dark accents the chunky pulls and the bendy design. WOW!!!!!!
Thanks so much, Marian! XOXO
Congratulations on making the cover! Back or front, it’s a cover! I will have to check and see if I have my new issue yet. I can’t wait to see it in person. Where on earth did you get that beautiful chunky hardware???? I just love that and it really makes this piece so unique!
Thanks Shirley!!! xo I bought this hardware at a little shop in Elora ON. 🙂
Well that’s sad☹️Do you have a name on it or who it’s made by?
I know, sorry. There’s no markings on them and I plucked them out of a bin. They didn’t come in a box or any wrapping. I even tried finding the little boutique online (because so many people have asked where I bought them) but unfortunately, I believe they closed. 🙁
Lorna Carrara says
Oh wow Denise. You did it again. LOVE the color, trim pieces and the HARDWARE! Wow. What I also so much appreciate is that you describe every detail of the process and give us all the links!! Who does that?
YOU ! Lol. Your are my inspiration. 😇
Aww, thank Lorna… I appreciate you. You put a big smile on my face first thing on a Monday morning.🤗
Hi Denise! It was so good to re-read this again a year later. You only used 1 layer of paint? The dark is the actual wood. Wow, this is amazing. Congrats on the Magazine. I will be picking one up
Only 1 coat! Gotta love a no-fuss easy makeover, right?! 🙂
Hi Denise. What a gorgeous transformation! I just picked up a copy of the magazine today and admired the back cover. Then I open my inbox to see your post with all the details! I love your work. Thanks for sharing.
whaaat, that’s so funny!😆 Thanks so much Elaine and enjoy the magazine. I really enjoyed the Liz Marie feature. 🙂
Hi Denise. What a beautiful makeover. I’m always very impressed with your work. Congratulations on the magazine 🙂
Thanks so much, Monique! Hugs XOXO
This transformation is fabulous!
Thanks Donna! x
The piece is beautiful!!!! I just have a couple of questions… do you paint the back of the dresser and do you paint the inside of the drawer lip. Plus, did you dry brush lightly over all the red or just parts of it.
Thanks Amy! For this dresser I did not paint the back but yes, I always paint the drawer lip(s). The dry brushing was done mostly on the front. Some of the dark you see peeking through is the actually tigerwood showing through as only one coat of Rustic Red was used. 🙂
Traci Smith says
I love it! I have the exact same dresser but i am more towards grey, the topwood stained color and shades of blue! Maybe I will have a go at mine!
Thanks Traci and have fun with yours! Those colors/stains sound amazing!
Marie-Interior Frugalista says
Girl, you know how much I’m loving that red! Such a beautiful makeover and the chunky hardware is so unique and gorgeous too.
I KNEW you’d love it… 🤣😘! Happy Thanksgiving to you Marie! XOXO
Marie - Interior Frugalista says
Congratulations on the full-page feature, Denise! Well deserved my friend. xo
Aw, thank you so much my beautiful friend. Hugs XOXO
I really love this red piece. Where did you get that chunky hardware? I have never seen that kind before. I also can’t wait to use your trick for dust. Thanks so much.
Hi Lori! Here’s a link to The NO Dust Sanding and as for the hardware, I bought them last summer at a boutique in Elora. I’m not sure the shop is still in business though. 🙁
Wow Denise that is just fantastic!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! I would buy that in a second and make it a center piece in my home! Thank you somuch for sharing with us how you did this makeover. I love following you always!! Can not thank you enough!
So glad you love the makeover Kristi! Have a super day! xo
Mary Lou McMillen says
This is an exceptional piece! Although I love the old wood finishes, I realize some pieces have outlived their finishes and all of your pieces really capture the beauty of the original and then expand upon it so beautifully! I enjoy all of your postings because you take the time to go over the entire process so someone with no experience in furniture painting can understand what you have done to create your beautiful pieces! I look forward to your next posting! Have a wonderful day!!!
Thanks so much, Mary Lou and wishing you a wonderful day and weekend as well! XOXO
Cheryl r Atkinson says
Hi Denise! The dresser turned out so pretty. Thank you for all the tips in the one. I needed them
You are so,so talented!!
Thanks Denise!! Have a super day. 🙂
Lori Sawyer says
I love this and I’m completely smitten by those pulls. As always ,great job!
Thanks Lori… and I’m pretty smitten with the pulls too. 🙂
Oh, Denise, this is absolutely gorgeous! Rustic red is perfect for this dresser. I absolutely love the hardware. So unusual. You have done it again. I live vicariously through you.
Thanks, Marian… I’m so happy you like it and I couldn’t agree more, I think this piece was begging to be Rustic Red. 😉
Jill Kirby says
I’ll be following to find the name of the botique in Ontario
Thank you Linda! 🙂
Kathy W F says
This piece is absolutely stunning! The pulls are perfect. And yes, let us know how we can puchase these. I have a piece just like this in storage and I’ve wondered what to do with it….now, I have the answer. As always, you’re talent really shines through. Question….did you distress the whole piece just like the video shows using the dry brush technique? Thanks so much for sharing all your tips and tricks. Can’t wait to see what you’re up to next? Take care.
Thanks so much Kathy! For the distressing, after one coat of the Rustic Red was applied, I really liked the tigerwood showing through. More of it was showing through on the sides than the front though because I filled the old hardware holes and sanded. So the majority of the distressing was on the front and very little on the sides. But honestly, it’s all a personal preference. You can add as little or as much as you like. 🙂
Gorgeous! You turned it from a Plain Jane dresser to a one-of-a-kind statement piece! Love what adding the moulding did for this piece!
Thank you Nancy!! 🙂
Teri ronk says
WOWZER!!! This piece is spectacular. Beautiful job Denise.
Thanks so much, Teri… couldn’t have done it without your amazing colors! 😉
WOW!!! I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to have a red piece in my home, but if I was – this would be the one! I love everything about this makeover! Thanks for sharing your talent and all your tips. ~ Nicki
Aw, thanks so much, my friend! XOXO
Denise-Red is my absolute favorite color! My husband is making me a new cabinet and I want it to look old.. I thought about red but my husband always comments he doesn’t care about the color as long as it isn’t red…..😏 I also love the drawers pulls. Beautiful! The whole dresser turned out to be gorgeous ❤️ Great job👍
Thanks so much! And red is such a strong color, isn’t it?… not for everyone but it sure does make a gorgeous statement piece!
WOW ! WOW! WOW!! You have outdone yourself, It’s gorgeous . What talent you have. Thanks for sharing,
Aw, thanks so much Dawn!!! 🙂
Caye Cooper says
Just a GREAT project!! I really love the color, and the shading is marvelous. WELL DONE!!!
Thanks so much Caye! 🙂
Carly Salsbury says
This is gorgeous! Red is my favorite color but it can be challenging to incorporate in furniture makeovers without looking garish. I absolutely love the hardware you added too. Would you mind sharing where you purchased the pulls? I think they’d look gorgeous on a project I’m getting ready to start. Thanks again for the inspiration!
Thanks! I bought these pulls from a little boutique in Elora Ontario. I’ve already had a few people emailing me about them so I’m going to have to Google and get the name of the place. 🙂
i love the China Red and those appliques look fantastic highlighted.!
Thanks Gwen and ya, I’m fast becoming addicted to WoodUbend… they can really transform a piece, can’t they?!
Sue Mellette says
WOW! What a difference. I love the rustic red finish and the woodUbend appliques really add to the rustic look. Great look! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Sue! XOXO
Annette Santana says
Absolutely stunning. That red color gives it such character. And the distressing, oh my God gorgeous. Great job .
Isn’t this Rustic Red gorgeous?!… I think it adds a ton of character too. 🙂
Cindy D says
You truly are an amazing artist. You just made that ugly duckling into a beautiful piece. What a treasure. <3
Thanks so much Cindy! xo
What an amazing job! I love the rustic red look!
Thank you Carla! 🙂
Great job, the red is so pretty. Where did you get the drawer pulls?
I love this Rustic Red too… a subtle red yet makes a real statement. The pulls are from a little boutique shop in Elora. 🙂
This piece is stunning!
I love that you have a video showing certain steps in achieving your end results. Always looking forward to your projects. Thanks and have a great day!!
Thanks, Rosie and I’m glad the video clip was helpful. Wishing you a super day as well! XOXO
I love everything you did to this dresser. Amazing!!!
Thanks Julie! XOXO
Lovely work as usual! Quick question, why do you sand instead of strip – as you did to the top?
Thank you! 🙂 Even if I had used stripper, I still would have needed to sand to get out all the scratches and gouges this piece had. 🙂
Kellee Kroll says
Gorgeous, Denise! Where did that amazing hardware come from??
Hiiii Kelleeeeee! I bought it last summer when we went to the Elora Gorge (Ontario). I must be getting old tho… for the life of me I can’t remember the boutiques name. 😐
Kellee Kroll says
They are amazing! And such a perfect coice for this piece.
Thanks my friend!
Lynn Martin says
This piece is absolutely gorgeous! I love those colors!!!!! You are so very talented!!!!!!! May I ask where you found that beautiful “chunky hardware”, as you call it? I love that and have some pieces that I’d love to try to attempt to do this way! Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us!
Thanks so much Lynn! I just went to Google the store and i can’t find it.. maybe it’s closed down but it was a little boutique on the Main St in Elora. 🙂
Wow!! Those handles are to die for!!!! Beautiful job!
Julie caudle says
Thanks Julie! 🙂
Do Dodson says
Always inspiring… rustic red was the perfect color for this dresser. Beautiful work my friend. 🙂
Thanks Do! XOXO
Gorgeous! Love the color, casters on everything and the hardware. Another great from and artist and perfectionist. Many thanks for sharing.
Thanks Debbie! 🙂
dominique Berger says
Très joli travail !
Mais comme à l’accoutumé , je dirais.
Merci pour nous inspirer
Souvenir de France
Merci beaucoup Dominique! J’adore recevoir des commentaires du monde entier. Un grand bonjour de Toronto! 🙂
sharon lee says
Wow! What a phenomenal transformation of what many would have thrown on the burn pile. I’m not a fan of red but this piece is gorgeous! The aging is perfect, the Wood-U-Bend moldings add the right touch of romance and the aging glaze is perfect. And the drawer pulls…just stunning!
You sound just like my sister… she’s not a red fan either… she says it ‘scares’ her…lol. Anyway, so happy you like it, Sharon. I’m pretty smitten with how it all came together too! 😉
Hi Denise. Beautiful makeover, perfect for the fall season. I’m absolutely in love with the chunky hardware you chose. Fits this updated dresser and looks gorgeous. Quick question…in the before pic the two top drawers are much darker than the rest of the piece. Are they different wood?
Thanks! The cool FAll weather was my inspo! 😉 Hmm, I thought the same thing about the top drawers but I think they just got darker as they aged.