Taking a break from all the table makeovers I’ve been sharing, I have a chest of drawers today! This makeover was part of a room remodel we did for my 13-year old son, Jack. His old bedroom was still pretty little boy-ish with a pirate theme, so it was time (if not a little past due!).
It’s kind of hard decorating for a teenage boy! He chose a navy and gray color scheme, but didn’t really have a clear idea of what else he wanted. We are still without wall décor, but at least he has a couple of fish tanks, so they add a little color and personality.
That said, I thought a little industrial touch would be nice. I watched this tutorial from Crys’Dawna at Bella Renovare on how to do a paint finish that looks like metal, and pretty closely followed it to achieve this look.
Here’s the short list of supplies I used.
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- Dresser (owned)
- White Lightning
- Hurricane Gray
- Synthetic “mini” brush
- Best Dang Wax in Black
- Gilding Wax in Sterling Silver
- Hardware – Nickel Cup Pulls (hardware store)
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Hurricane Gray Base Coat
My father-in-law built this dresser for my husband as a little boy, so no pressure changing it up! First, I gave it a good cleaning with white lightning, rinsed with clean water and let it dry. Then, using my favorite synthetic “mini” brush, I painted 2 coats of Hurricane Gray.
Best Dang Wax in Black
You can use a large brush or a lint-free rag to apply wax. Dixie Belle waxes are water-based, so you use them at any point in your project. You don’t have to make sure “wax is last” like the olden days.
I applied the black wax liberally with a brush, and then wiped it back with a cloth. It settled in the lower areas, and created the color variation you see.
Silver Gilding Wax
The last step was to add a little Sterling Silver gilding wax. I used the same brush I had used for the black wax, and applied it mainly around the edges, but a little on the large flat areas too.
By the way, we put a sliding barn door on his closet. I stained it with Voodoo gel stains in Tobacco Road, Up in Smoke and Black Magic and sealed it with Clear Coat in Flat. I love the rustic look of barn doors! It combines well with industrial style too.
To complete the industrial look, I added these nickel cup pulls from Ace Hardware. I was honestly lukewarm on them at first. But once they were installed, they really finished the piece off perfectly.
What do you think? Does the paint job look like brushed metal? If you liked this project, you might enjoy these projects too:
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21 thoughts on “Industrial Metal Look Dresser”
What a gorgeous makeover!! I need to get brave enough to do more furniture! You are inspiring me! Thanks for sharing at Charming Homes & Gardens!
Thanks, Kristin! I love hearing you got some inspiration here!
This dresser looks fabulous Shannon! I am loving the hardware! Thank you for sharing with us at Charming Homes ad Gardens Link Party!Pinned!
Thanks, Kim! I appreciate it!
Love this idea. Thanks for sharing with us at Charming Homes and Gardens Link Party!
Thanks, Rachel! xo Shannon
That looks great! I love a dark piece of furniture and I haven’t tried Dixie Belle paint. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks, Andrea! Glad you like it! xo Shannon
Wow! What a transformation! I love the paint technique you used and the drawer pulls tie in perfectly!
Thanks, Pamela! I’ve got a desk with the same finish I’m working on today 😉
I love the finish and the color of this dresser makeover. The brushed nickel cup pulls are perfect too. Pinned 🙂
Thank you so much Marie! xoxo
Dressers are one of my favorites to decorate with! I’d luv to invite you to join us and share over at Charming Homes and Gardens Wednesdays-Sundays🙌🏻 https://www.dabblinganddecorating.com/single-post/2020/03/31/Charming-Homes-Gardens-Wednesday-Link-Party
Thanks, Ann! I’ll check it out!
Hi. First time here. I love CrysDawna’s work and I love how you did this. I’m working on an apothocary style dresser and I think this is what I want it to look like. I don’t think I have enough Hurricane Gray though. I wonder what it would look like mixed with Hurricane Gray or Driftwood? Thank you for the inspiration and I will for sure go watch her video.
I think any gray base will work; the end result may be a little lighter, but you can always do more black wax if you want it darker. I’d love to see your end result if you want to share!