Duck Egg Painted Dresser

As I shared earlier this week I’ve been coming home with lots of goodies lately. I went out again last Thursday and this dresser was one of several pieces of furniture that came home with me that day.

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But I secretly wanted to bring home this chandelier sconce. There were two of them. Oh my word, look at all of those crystals! Gah!

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The dresser was in good condition save for a bit of scratching on the top and the drawers. The style is very traditional and if were in my parents home I wouldn’t have painted it.

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But this is for my booth at The Pickers Market and I have a lot of customers that love coastal home décor. In fact, there is only one piece of furniture painted in Duck Egg left in my booth space.

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I’ve been making my own custom colors for a while now and that’s how I approached this dresser too. I started with Annie Sloan’s Old White and kept adding Duck Egg until I found the color I wanted.

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After I had painted the body of the piece, I realized I didn’t want to paint the top. I wanted to strip the top and stain it a driftwood color.

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I used 40-grit sandpaper and an orbital sander. Make sure you wear protective eyewear because you don’t want to get bits of wood, varnish and stain in your eyes. Yikes!

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The 40-grit sandpaper is fierce but it also leaves the wood really rough. Make sure you follow up with an 80 and 220-grit sandpaper so the top of your dresser will be smooth.

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It turns out I didn’t actually have stain the color of driftwood so I had to create my own using a combination of French Linen, Old White and Paris Grey. I watered down the mixture a lot because I wanted to see the wood grain once I had applied the paint to the dresser.

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I brushed a bit of paint onto the dresser

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This is the effect it gives the wood grain.

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Pretty, right? Just like driftwood!

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With the driftwood colored top and the pale duck egg body, the color of the old hardware wasn’t really working for me. So I painted the hardware with Pure White.

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Such much better. I was out of furniture paste wax and decided to seal with Varathane Polyurethane in a matte finish. It’s the first time I’ve used that product on chalk painted furniture and I really liked it.

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This piece has already made it safely to my booth at The Pickers Market, as have these baskets.

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Honestly, this dresser can be used in so many different ways. I hope my customers are as excited about it as I am.

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Many blessings,

CoCo

Comments

    • says

      This one definitely felt like a gamble with the different colored top. I’m anxious to see what the reaction from the customers will be. Thanks so much ladies. Hugs, Coco