I am hustling to get ready for my huge JUNK SALE this weekend at my studio!
It so hot outside I had to take a break to share a fun midcentury furniture makeover with you before I get too busy this weekend and forget.
I had purchased this dresser at a garage sale a few weeks ago. I laid eyes on it, opened the drawers to make sure they were on track, and then plopped my money down into the seller’s hands.
I hauled it to my shop and let it sit for a few weeks.
You know, I need time to brainstorm about this stuff.
I wish I would have inspected it better because this thing was a bear to work on. I should have taken photos to document the process of transforming this guy, but my camera broke and I wasn’t able to snap any pictures.
The person who had painted it the previous blue color is on my hit list. (fingers crossed they aren’t reading this. If so I am so so sorry and please don’t hate me.)
They didn’t prep it before painting it.
They didn’t use the correct type of paint.
They used oil-based paint.
And didn’t give it any cure time.
And I’m guessing they let it sit in a humid garage so the paint NEVER set correctly.
Weeks after buying this dresser the paint was still tacky. And it was bubbling. And you could peel it off with your finger. And it had paint drip marks. All. Over. It.
Oh, and don’t even get me started on the brush strokes.
If you have read my book you know how I can harp on how to prep furniture correctly.
After realizing what I had gotten myself into I basically resigned to the fact I was going to have to sand down the entire piece. If I didn’t sand the dresser first, putting on a coat of paint, even though Heirloom is a no-sand no-prime paint, it wouldn’t fix the disaster I was covering up.
It would be like polishing a turd.
Bright and shiny on the outside but stinky as heck on the inside.
Sorry if turd talk bothers you.
I have two boys, one being 9 months old, so turd talk is common around these parts.
I sanded the dresser down with my orbital sander. I was reminded why I am so passionate about no-prep paints. I had blue in my nose and in my ears.
I also wanted to add some gold to the piece so I taped off where the bottom drawer was, and all around the edges of the dresser.
Once it was taped off, I painted a coat of Feathered Nest over the tape.
If you have ever had bleed thru you need to know this tip.
When you paint the base coat color over the taped off areas the bleed thru is the base color.
I painted the color block stripe in Heirloom Traditions Metallic Masters Golden Glimmer.
All of my prep worked payed off because I had a super smooth finish to admire.
Prep matters people.
I sealed the entire piece in Aqua Clear Ultra Finish Top Coat. I dampened a sponge brush and used it to apply the top coat so I wouldn’t have any brush strokes. The finish turned out perfectly but I ruined the whole can of top coat by double dipping my brush directly into the can, tinting it light blue, from the matte finish of Feathered Nest. Do as I say not as I do.
I shot my first Periscope video showing how I applied it. Eeek!
I did have to do several coats of the Golden Glimmer to get such an opaque finish. I manipulated the finish to appear more like paint but you can get by with just one or two coats and you will still be able to see your base coat color. Just like in this project.
Metallic Masters is a top coat so no additional steps are needed.
I am loving this color right now.
It goes with nothing but goes with everything.
Mid Century can go with any type of decor.
Plus it makes me feel hip when I am really a mom who daydreams about getting a new Honda Odyssey Minivan. #truth
This color block technique is easy & fun. I hope you try it.
And then send me pics.
It makes me feel like a proud mamma bird. A mamma bird who wants to drive a minivan.
If you are out and about this weekend stop by my shop for an EPIC JUNK SALE. Get all the deets here.