Friday, October 21, 2016

Delightful Dresser

When a friend asked me if I wanted to buy some project dressers (four total) that she had not been able to get to, I jumped on it.  Good, decent dressers are becoming harder and harder to find.
dresser makeover, oak dresser, before, fusion mineral paint,
Here is the first one I took from dumpy to delightful!
farmhouse dresser, fusion mineral paint, furniture upcycle, paint makeover,
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 It is a fairly common oak dresser, with some nice details, dovetailed drawers--but, it had seen better days.  It was fairly beat up, with lots of scratches and dings and dents.

I knew it was a perfect candidate for one of the new Fusion Mineral Paint colors from the Michael Penney collection.  I chose to paint it in Putty, which is a greigy, perfect neutral color that will coordinate with anything.
fusion mineral paint, putty, dresser makeover,
I sanded the top (there were some pretty good gauges in the top) and stained it with Minwax's Dark Walnut. 
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I used Minwax's Polyacrylic in gloss to protect the top.  TIP--if the finish feels a little rough after it dries, use a brown lunch sack to give the finish a very smooth feel.
Minwax stain, oak dresser, brown bag sandpaper,
After staining and clear coating the top, I painted the drawers and body of the dresser.  
farmhouse dresser, chest of drawers, paint makeover, fusion mineral paint,
I have used a lot of different chalk paint, and while they all have their own attributes and work well, I love FUSION!  It goes on so smoothly, covers so well (this is one coat!), has ZERO VOC, dries so nicely and has a built in finish--no tedious waxing!! I only used about 1/4 to 1/3 of a pint to paint this dresser. 
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I painted right over the drawer hardware. I distressed the paint lightly, using my random orbital sander and 120 grit sandpaper.  I simply touch or pounce the sander on the paint to lightly distress it.
dresser, paint makeover, distressed paint, fusion mineral paint,
I love the keyholes on each drawer.
distressed paint, dresser, keyhole, fusion paint,
The wood top and the painted body gives this dresser that great farmhouse vibe that I adore!
farmhouse, dresser makeover, fusion mineral paint, upcycled,
Bonus fall centerpiece idea:  I threw some gourds in a pedestal  wood bowl I painted and added some copper string lights. It adds a nice, warm glow in the evening.
fall centerpiece, gourds, twinkle lights,


  1. Love it! Especially the stained top with the painted body.

    1. Thank you Kim. I always like a little wood to still show, if possible!

  2. Wow what a difference! Love Love all of it! I wonder..did you line the drawers? or did you paint the outside of the drawers? Thanks for sharing!!

    1. I painted the drawer fronts, but other than that, I didn't do anything. They were in good shape so I left them as is.


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