A BEAUTIFUL INSPIRED DRESSER MAKEOVER USING REBEL YELLOW AND A SPRING MEADOW GARDEN MOTIF!
Hi lovely #sifamily, I’m excited to share today’s Spring Meadow Painted Dresser with you! This dresser was really plain and flat-faced so some color and design were a must. From start to finish this bright yellow girl put a big smile on my face. As an added bonus, this makeover is for my sister Andrea. She’ll be seeing it for the first time with all of you…I hope she likes it!
It’s also Furniture Fixer Upper day! If you’re new to the #siblog, I join a group of my talented blogger friends on the fourth Thursday of every month. I’m sharing their tutorials at the bottom of today’s post. I’ve seen there before’s and believe me, they are some spiffy-looking pieces this month!
Here’s what I started with…
This old dresser lives in Andrea’s spare room. We call it “Bunny’s dresser” because her fur baby loves sunning on it. I wish her cat was here when I took the before pic.
I’m loving this NEW look. So bright and cheerful. What do you think?
I picked this Spring Meadow Life transfer because both Andrea and I have started gardening again. This floral motif is a nice way to symbolize all the beauty she brings to her gardens.
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SPRING MEADOW PAINTED DRESSER
STEP 1 – Clean & Prep
I often say prep is the KEY to a great paint job but it’s worth repeating.
I started by removing all the old hardware and then I gave this dresser a good cleaning with vinegar and water. To get into all the grooves, I like using a dollar store brush. I buy these brushes in different sizes. They really come in handy.
STEP 2 – Fill Hardware Holes
I used Bondo to fill in the old hardware holes. If you’re not sure when to use Wood filler or Bondo, I have an entire tutorial on the difference between wood fill and Bondo here.
STEP 3 – Sand
Once the Bondo dried (it only takes about 10-15 minutes) I sanded down the Bondo and gave the entire dresser a once over with a 120 grit. I used my trusty Dewalt Orbital Sander which I can’t live without. The goal is not to remove the old finish, just to scuff it up enough (create tooth) for the new paint to cling to. If you don’t have an orbital or palm sander, hand sanding using a 120 grit takes a little longer but works just as well. You want to wipe your piece down (with 120 grit) like you would your kitchen counter.
STEP 4 – Prime
I used BIN Shellac Primer to prime the entire piece. This is my go-to primer to stop bleedthrough because it works super fast. I can apply two coats and be painting within the hour. I have a full BIN Shellac Primer Youtube tutorial here.
STEP 5 – Paint
I used my paint sprayer and sprayed two coats of this gorgeous Rebel Yellow. Dixie Belle Paint is highly pigmented and nice and thick. This is amazing because a little goes a long way and the coverage is exceptional. Because it’s nice and thick, I thinned the paint down with 10% water for spraying. With a little thinning, it sprays like a dream!
You can tell my paint room gets a lot of action, right? 😉
Here’s what the dresser looks like with the second coat of Rebel Yellow drying.
STEP 6 – Rub-On Furniture Transfer
Once the dresser was 100% dry, I rubbed on this Spring Meadow Life furniture transfer. If you’re new to furniture transfers they are really simple to use. It’s basically peeling and stick and then rub the transfer on with the wood rub stick that is provided.
I hope my sister loves this dresser as much as I do!
STEP 7 – Top Coat | Protect
I was running behind on finishing this dresser for today’s post so it hasn’t been top coated yet. But as you’re reading this, I’m probably in the middle of spraying three coats of Dixie Belle’s Satin Clear Coat to seal and protect.
And now for some FURNITURE FIXER UPPER FUN!
I know you’re going to LOVE what this creative team of girls do. Unfortunately, our good friend Kandice has opted out of the group. We are going to miss her 🙁 but you can still visit at Just The Woods anytime!
Below are the 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 right now myself! x
3. Salvaged Inspirations (so happy you’re here!)
One last look at this before and after!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS PAINTED 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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