A VINTAGE DRESSER GETS A TEXTURED FINISH USING SEA SPRAY ADDITIVE AND A VARIETY OF SPRING PAINT COLORS!
Hi sweet #sifamily! I hope you’re well and enjoying these first few days of spring. I know I am! And it seems this time of year I get a little spring fever which reflects in my furniture painting. I’ve added links to my prior years Spring Painted Furniture in the “Related Posts” section at the end of this post. But for today, it’s all about the textured paint finish using Sea Spray Texture Additive for Paint!
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.
Here’s the vintage dresser I started with. A nice ReStore find that also came with a mirror. More on the mirror a little later but first, doesn’t this inlay remind you of tulips?… or is it just me?
I couldn’t get spring tulips out of my mind so here’s my spring dresser interpretation. What do you think?
I just have to show a close-up. Look at all this gorgeous patina and texture!
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HOW TO USE SEA SPRAY TEXTURE ADDITIVE
Before I get into this how-to, a big thank you to Maja from Reloved By Maja Komosa. When I came across her IG I fell in love with her work. All her painted furniture has a worn, vintage authentic patina yet feels so colorful and fresh. Not an easy technique to pull off! I took inspiration from her textured style and I hope I did it justice.
Here’s the step-by-step to get this look.
PREP – Clean and Sand
I started by giving this dresser a cleaning with this White Lightning Cleaner. Then I sanded the outside of this piece and took the mirror out of its frame for a clean finish. As a side note, I did paint the mirror frame but decided it looked a little too busy for the finished look. I’ll be using this mirror for another project down the road.
Before I repaired this dresser, I added a little extra detail with this WoodUbend design. Do you remember the WoodUbend I used on last week’s table makeover? I used the extra tidbits of the applique I had cut off. They look fabulous! A little WoodUbend goes a long way. I still have 3 pieces left over for another project!
Like many of these vintage pieces, the frame needed a little tightening with wood glue and a few extra screws. When I see gaps in vintage frames, I find it easiest to flip the dresser onto its top and then work on any repairs.
SEA SPRAY TEXTURE PAINT ADDITIVE
To get this fabulous worn and textured finish I mixed some of this Sea Spray Texture Paint Additive into this Matanee Gray paint. I mixed 2 scoops into 8oz of paint per instructions and mixed together to create a thick brownie batter consistency. You can customize the amount depending on how much or little texture you like.
Using one of my cheap dollar store brushes (you can check out The BEST Paint Brushes for Furniture here!) to apply the first coat, I combined a pouncing and smoothing motion to create highs and lows in the paint. If the peaks look a little harsh, you can flatten them out with your brush so long as the paint is still wet.
PAINTING OVER THE TEXTURED BASED COAT
Keeping my water misting spray bottle and shop towels close by, I applied the paint in sections and dabbed at it with my shop towels to create variances in intensity and making sure all the colors blended together into a patina. Here’s how it looked step in each phase.
I kept adding wash and dabbing off the excess. Waiting for it to dry. And then adding another layer of wash repeating the same technique. I added five (5) layers in total to get this final look.
And aren’t these knobs perfect for this new finish? I bought them from Pier One 3+ years ago. I can’t tell you how many pieces I’ve wanted to use them on but they never looked quite right… until now!
TOPCOAT / PROTECT
Because there was a lot of dry time and layers involved, I haven’t top coated this piece yet. When I do it will be a flat spray finish.
I’m not sure how fast (or slow) this textured look will sell here in the GTA (Great Toronto Area) as we Canadians as a whole are more conservative with our furniture colors and textures than they are in Maja’s country – Poland… or anywhere in Europe. But hey. I love this dresser. It went through a few scary phases but what a fun finish!
I think it turned out really interesting with this textured vintage patina and colorful spring cheer!
And the nice thing about working with textured paint is it’s SUPER forgiving. If you have any flaws in your furniture it’s a perfect way to hide them.
And now for some FURNITURE FIXER UPPER FUN!
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 learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek as well! x
4. Salvaged Inspirations (happy you’re here!)
Here’s another look at my Textured Spring Dresser before and after. I hope it’s inspired you with some new ideas.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS TEXTURED SPRING DRESSER. WOULD YOU TRY THIS TEXTURE PAINT TECHNIQUE ON ONE OF YOUR FURNITURE MAKEOVERS? FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting friends!
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