I have a large, but quick and easy, project to share with you today!
A friend sold me this solid wood dresser in great shape for $50. Kind of the top end of what I would spend for this size dresser, but it was so clean and repair-free that I went for it. She also delivered it to me, so bonus!
The plan was to paint it in a light beige color called Burlap, stain the top in a dark espresso color and change out the hardware.
Gel Staining the Top
Feeling a bit lazy about stripping and staining the top, I decided to give it a light sanding and try gel stain over the existing stain. To be honest, I am not the best with stain. I struggle to get that beautiful even wood grain look that I see elsewhere.
One thing I can suggest, is using an old tube sock over your hand to apply the gel stain. It gives you more control over the amount of stain you’re placing and where. I did a coat of Espresso stain using a chip brush to apply it, and then let it dry completely. But it was streakier than I wanted.
I switched to the tube sock method, and applied both Walnut and Espresso, blending as I went. The sock also helps prevent little marks on the edges of the dresser that come from picking up and putting down your brush. Anyhow, if you struggle with staining like I do, try the sock. A tip from me to you!
It is sealed with 2 coats of Clear Coat in Satin.
The base is painted in 2 coats of Burlap. Because Dixie Belle chalk paint (my preferred brand) is so thick, I usually use a spray bottle to wet my brush a bit before I dip into the paint each time. I find this makes it glide on easier and smoother.
A light sand with a 220 grit sanding pad, and the surface will feel butter smooth. To distress the edges, I use a lower grit, like 80. I don’t generally seal the paint because the manufacturer says it isn’t necessary. But you could use the sealer or wax of your choice if desired.
The iron cup pulls are from D. Lawless, and they are the perfect finishing touch. If I had it to do over, I would use knobs on the top row of drawers, though, to lighten up the hardware a little bit. There’s always the next time for that!
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- Dresser (thrifted)
- Gel stain (Walnut & Espresso)
- Clear Coat in Satin
- Burlap chalk paint
- Spray bottle
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