A few weeks ago, I found this four-drawer dresser at an estate sale. I loved the shape and knew my customers would love it too. In fact, while I was at the check out a fellow shopper at the estate sale asked if she could buy it from me. As you guys already know, it’s not always easy for me to find pieces of furniture to paint so I had to turn her down.
I mean look at this extra room
and the hardware was in perfect shape.
When I got the dresser home, I realized the top had way more scratches and water rings than I originally thought it did at the sale. Sometimes the lighting at this venue in particular can be a bit tricky.
I decided to use my orbital sander with 40-grit sandpaper and sand the top down to the bare wood. It’s a really rough grade of sandpaper so I had to follow up with 80 and 220-grit sandpaper as well. You can see the 40-grit on the left and the 220-is on the right.
Once the top was back to the bare wood, I created a weathered stain using vinegar and steel wool.
While the weathered inspired stain was drying on the top, I started painting the bottom. Last week, the sea glass and driftwood inspired dresser sold which meant I needed to find another coastal color to replace it with. I’ve painted so many pieces of furniture in Duck Egg lately I started looking around my paint supplies to find something else that would give a coastal feel. In July, when I attended the Haven conference for bloggers, Fusion gave us pots of mineral based furniture paint to try out. I combined Homestead Blue and Lamp White to create a color I thought my customers would like.
It’s definitely bolder than the sea glass colors I normally use when I paint.
Two coats of mineral paint later, the coverage was amazing and
it was easy to distress too.
The mineral paint definitely dried a darker shade than I was expecting but it went perfectly with the weathered wood inspired top.
I still can’t believe you don’t need a topcoat with mineral paint. The finish is really nice.
The painting and mask head jug are a few things I’ve picked up recently.
I’m hoping to deliver this dresser to my booth at the Pickers Market later this week. I can’t wait to see what customers think of this bold color and new paint.