Sunday, February 16, 2014

Tall Green Dresser

I finally got around to paint another piece of furniture that I bought last summer.  It was an off white tall dresser that I got for $5.
No structural issues, but it was painted with a textured paint that needed to be sanded off. I thought it was going to be one of those makeovers that I could do by just distressing the paint that was already on the piece. No luck. I used 60 grit sandpaper on my orbital sander and was only able to get the texture off--the paint didn't budge.  

I painted it with two coats of SW Green Sprout color mixed into homemade chalk paint, lightly distressed it with a sanding sponge and waxed it with Minwax Finishing Paste. 

I thought about changing the hardware, but I would need so many and I didn't have enough in my stash. So I soaked them in ammonia to remove the ugly paint that was on them.
Here are some pictures of the hardware after it is soaked in ammonia so you can see how the paint just melts right off.  You can also see how it buffs to a shine with a green scrubby sponge.

After the hardware was clean I sprayed it with oil rubbed bronze because I didn't want them to be that brass look. 
I haven't painted hardware in oil rubbed bronze in a very long time...I forgot how awesome it looks.  It made those ugly pulls on the bottom drawers look so much better!
I thought about adding some stripes to the sides and top, but left it alone.  I think the green paired with the hardware look so great together that adding more details was unnecessary.

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  1. Great job! I love that you repeat tips throughout your articles. You taught me about the ammonia, but I had forgotten. That really helps us. Thanks for such a great go-to blog.

  2. Your chest of drawers looks very nice. Thanks so the ammonia tip!

  3. I just love that color! The dresser looks so nice:) It's sure to be the focal point of the room:) I never knew that about ammonia- I can't wait to try that. Thanks!

  4. nice job, like the color, and wow, that you could get that hardware clean and shiny was amazing. Great tip!
    Now want to see it in a room!! lol
    Blessings, Nellie

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  6. Sorry about that...Nice job and such a pretty color! I meant to say...Hello from Give me the goods monday!

  7. Love the new color, what a fabulous find for $5. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  8. That dresser came out so beautiful! The ammonia trick is brilliant! I never would have thought to try that. Great tip!

    Thanks for linking up to our Twirl and Take a Bow Party. Hope to see you again this Tuesday!

  9. Beautiful piece, love the soft green and dark hardware.

  10. So pretty. I like the soft green.

  11. Wow, look at all those drawers! Really pretty and great tips on the hardware!

  12. Tall Green Dresser. I finally got around to paint another piece of furniture that I bought last summer. It was an off white tall dresser that I got for ...


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