We’re so excited to share this makeover with you today! For two reasons: 1) This is our first time participating in the Themed Furniture Makeover Day (TFMD). And 2) because I FINALLY finished this dresser!
Let me first give you a quick introduction to the TFMD. Last month, the TFMD girls asked if we’d like to join their monthly furniture makeover challenge. They come up with a theme each month, and all participants do a furniture makeover based on that theme. These girls are super talented at painting furniture and we’re so thrilled to be joining them.
November’s theme is “storage”, and I immediately knew I wanted to makeover this thrift store dresser for Max’s nautical bedroom. You might remember we already painted the companion piece to this dresser: The Ship Silhouette Chest. Soon after finishing the chest, I started prepping this dresser for paint…and then abandoned it for the entire summer. I just couldn’t decide on a graphic for the front. I finally decided to make my own graphic, and I’m including it here. You’re welcome to download and use it for free.
Here’s a before shot of the dresser.
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This piece is solid wood and super heavy. It had a few dings and scratches but other than that it was in great shape.
I gave the whole dresser a few coats of General Finishes Milk Paint in Coastal Blue. This was my first time using General Finishes milk paint, and it’s important to point out that it isn’t like traditional milk paint (no chipping).
I decided to use Annie Sloan chalk paint “Old Ochre” for the graphic. That’s the base color I used to paint the other dresser and I wanted the two to look cohesive. I used my go-to method for painting graphics on furniture, which you can read about here. I watered the paint down quite a bit when I painted this graphic on. When I was finished painting the graphic, I attempted to distress it a bit and realized that the chalk paint did not adhere to the milk paint. I could literally use a damp rag to wipe the whole thing off. I’ve never had this happen before so just keep this in mind if you ever try to blend both paint products on the same piece.
Once I sealed the piece with General Finishes Top Coat “Flat” it was fine.
I decided to use dock cleats in place of traditional handles on the drawers. If you don’t know what a dock cleat is, don’t worry. Neither did any person at the four different stores I went to to find them. I guess that’s what I get for trying to find marine-type accessories in the middle of Ohio. Anyway, they’re those little metal things you wrap a rope around to anchor a boat to the dock. And yes, that’s the official definition :).
Anyway, I’m glad to finally have the dresser done! You can check out the rest of the Themed Furniture Makeovers below.
A huge thank you to General Finishes for providing the paint for this project!
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