Sunday, September 27, 2015

Gray and White Arrow Dresser

I'm still loving the whole

gray and white trend.

The colors are so easy to live with.

So, a gray and white palette with arrow art

make a fun paint design for an old dresser.


Here are some tips 

on how it went from "before" to "after".

It did need some sanding,

especially on top.

Then I used a coat of deglosser.

Next, I brushed on Zinnser oil based primer.

It provides a great bond coat.

It dries to touch in 30 minutes

and to recoat in one hour.

My next coat was a textural application

using one puddle of white

and one puddle of gray.

Dip one side of your brush in white

and the other in gray.

Apply in figure 8 motion 

over entire surface.

For the top coat, now,

I repeat the two color application,

but add floetrol or clear glaze to my brush first.

This way, the paints will blend better

and you will get a feathery blended look.

You will still be able to see two colors.

It will be a faded and softened look.

Then, using a small flat brush,

I painted the white arrow and stitch detail.

You can use your finger to smudge in the white

on the arrow tip to get a chalky look.

The glass knobs add a little sparkle

without obstructing the design.

Isn't it fun to see how paint transforms

those old pieces!

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The Charm of Home said...

That is really cute Deb!!

reFresh reStyle said...

Beautiful transformation! Thanks for sharing at #inspiraitonmonday :)

Anonymous said...

This dresser is fantastic! What a great design! What was your inspiration for this piece? Just curious what made this spring to mind when grabbing your brush. If I lived closer I'd buy it from you to put in my second oldest daughter's room! She would love it! Well done! You should link it up to my Making Broken Beautiful party. Starts tonight and goes until Saturday evening!
I hope you have a great weekend!

Deb Hrabik said...

Thanks, Terry
I have been wanting to paint a more detailed tribal dresser in an earthy brown palette.
I took a detour though, and went light and simple . Love both looks. The other one is still on my list!
Thanks for your visit,

Rebecca said...

Your dresser turned out beautifully. I can't believe you freehand painted the arrows. You must have a very good eye and a steady hand. They look great. Also, thanks for sharing how you got the feathery look in your paints.

Maureen said...

So unique! I love it!

Unknown said...

What a great makeover! I love the weathered gray and arrows! Such a fun and unique piece!

Marie-Interior Frugalista said...

I just saw this fabulous makeover featured at Roadkill Rescue. Wow, I'm really liking this dresser. Well done and pinning to share!