I am not going to sugar coat the description of this dresser makeover. When I picked this piece up, I figured it just needed a good cleaning, a little wood filler and paint! My original plan was Paris Grey on the body and Old White drawer fronts. Oh man, let me tell you... Those drawers did not want to be white! I have had bleed through issues before, and I assure you that it doesn't matter what kind of paint you are using, bleed through stains sometimes happen. Typically, a quick coat of matte spray Shellac will seal that that stain and you're good to go! Rarely do I even need 2 coats of Shellac.
I'm not sure how many coats I used on these drawer fronts before I gave up...4 or 5?
Finally, I decided to try going over the Old White with a darker color. One coat of Paloma, distressed to show the Old White coming through underneath around the edges of the drawers. That was the ticket! I finished it off with a clear wax and a fairly generous application of dark wax.
I've said it before and I'll say it again... Don't give up on those troublesome pieces! Sometimes they have a mind of their own. Sometimes they don't accept the fate you have in mind for them. Sometimes they turn out better than you had imagined! I am loving this color combo and the layered, distressed paint finish on the drawer fronts!
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you caught a glimpse of this beautiful bridal set that I have staged here with the dresser. It was a recent estate sale find. I shared that during the sale I overheard women saying, "she was the sweetest lady!" I wish I would have had the opportunity to meet this sweet little lady who wore this beautiful dress on her special day.
Thank you for your sweet visit today!
Best Wishes and Blessings,