Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pewter and White Dresser

Hey DIY friends!
Hope you enjoy this before and after
and everything in between.

So many of these little lovelies
begin something
like this:

And end up
finding their way into
hearts and homes:

With some soft color,
a worn treatment,
and some new hardware,
old furniture pieces
become wanted and new again.

The little details make the difference

I would love to help you
fix up an unwanted furniture piece
for your home!
So here are some tips:

After removing old hardware
making any repair with wood filler,
sanding and wiping down,
you are ready to prime.
On larger pieces I use a brush on primer.

Then I (I mean my husband)
base painted the dresser
in a semi-gloss white

Looks so much better already.
I wipe all interior drawers
with a cleaner bleach.
If there is still an odor,
spray with a clear spray paint.

Now the fun begins.
I mixed some of my acrylic paint
with white to get the gray I was looking for.

You will need at least two coats on the drawer fronts.

Now you can make the edges look worn
with sandpaper.

Next I added some paint detail...
scrolls and flourishes.
I used a flat brush double loaded
white on one side of the brush
and darker gray on the other.
Dip in clear glaze and
paint out your design.
Then use a liner brush for finer detail.
I wanted a very subtle design.
It will be soft
and maybe only seen from certain directions.

Now it's time to add some dark edges.
I think it warms the piece up.
Using black acrylic paint and glaze
use a smaller brush to apply
around edges.

Wipe off extra with a baby wipe.

After the acrylic sealer was brushed on the top
and the drawer fronts,
she was all ready for her new jewelry...
the cup pulls.

Okay, now this will turn you into
my dumpster diving friend -
I found this in the neighbor's trash!
That makes the transformation even more fun.
I think I will sell this locally.

I love sharing these tutorials with you all
and I hope you find ways
to use some of these ideas in your home!
See you soon, Deb

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Kathleen said...

You turned that dresser into a showpiece! Thanks for sharing your techniques.

Diane said...

You really transformed this piece into a more interesting and sharp looking dresser that I'm sure someone will love. Always glad to read and learn your techniques from your tutorials...thanks!

Bliss said...

Seriously? You painted those swirls free hand? You're good. Guess that's what it means when Lake Girl Paints!


Cynthia said...

Oh so beautiful! That style of dresser always looks so good after they're painted.

Deb Hrabik said...

I always keep my eye open for a nice paintable surface. Transformations are so much fun!

Good Time Charlie said...

So pretty! I love the color choice. Thanks for sharing at my party. -K

Deb Hrabik said...

So glad to be a part! and nice to meet you K!

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

love the dresser, the color and the handles with the stencils look perfect together, i would love to feature it, if that would be ok with you please let me know

Deb Hrabik said...

Lauren - That would be great.
Nice to meet you! I went to visit your blog and joined.
Thanks! Deb

Drama Mama Lori said...

I can't believe you hand-painted those flourishes! Beautiful!!! ~Lori

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love this! those flourishes are so soft and pretty- i love that they blend in and aren't stark. fabulous job!

Decor & Harmony said...

Love the color and swirls :)

Deb Hrabik said...

Thanks Vicky!
I appreciate your stopping by, Deb

Courtney said...

Looks so beautiful Deb!! Great tutorial too, thanks for sharing this!

Holly Lefevre said...

This is a pretty and regal looking even. Gorgeous!

DIY Show Off said...

Beautiful job! I love the detail.

Martha said...

Hi Deb,
This is a very nice piece. I love the texture. You have a great eye for how much OR how little to distress. Lovely stuff.