What started off as a Tarva Dresser from IKEA...
A totally refinished, rustic chic dresser with new hardware, freshly lined drawers and antiqued detailing!
And here's how I did it:
Starting with Americana's chalk paint, dark and light wax, I sanded and painted the piece with two coats of cool grey brushing in all directions so it wouldn't have a perfectly smooth surface. The brush strokes are what the wax likes to stick to to give it a rustic/antiqued look! Once it was dry I applied a coat of the light wax to seal it and once that was dry I began the same process with the dark wax. It didn't come out quite how I wanted but I liked that it was warming up the grey.
After I saw a few of the drawers done with the brown I realized it needed a darker grey to balance it out and make it look less like it was dirty, and give it more character so I brought out my Rustoleum "weathered grey" stain. I wasn't sure how it would adhere to the chalk paint, luckily for me it turns out they work great together!
But the stain looked a little TOO intentional, you could see a lot of the brush strokes and that bugged me so I brought out my sand paper and smoothed some spots out, and roughed up other areas. I also took a screw and marked up the edges and some of the middle of the drawers, giving it a distressed look and a place for the stain to soak into.
Once the drawers were done I got started on the sides. I wanted to give this piece some detailing so I bought some thin molding and attached it to the top right and top left of the dresser. I painted it and added a stain and I'm really happy with how it turned out!
My last step was adding a touch of metallic paint (which you can see in the above photo) to the surface and a touch on each of the new knobs to tie it all together. The dresser needed to be lightened up a little and the metallic paint worked perfectly!
So there you have it! What do you all think?
Let me know if you're interested in purchasing this piece! For sale for $250 and pick up only!
50" tall, 31" wide and about 15" deep.
Hi friends! Welcome to the blog! I'm Mandy and I'm an artist, blogger & founder of the "Artists to Know" interview series. Here you'll find photos of my latest art adventures, furniture makeover projects & advice from successful artists!
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