In a previous post (here) I talked about how lucky I felt when I found a particular dresser that had slipped through my fingers a few months previous. I painted it up in a teal/turquoise with lots of highlighting and distressing and I was so happy with it!
She decided she wanted it painted in pure white to pop off a textured gray wall she had, and although that would not have been my initial choice (you know how I love those blues and greens!) I have to say, that I think it looks incredibly elegant and chic. The raised and recessed detailing capture the shadows and play with the light so much, that it wasn’t necessary to highlight with another colour.
It took a lot of primer and paint for coverage though (one of the pitfalls of white). After sanding really well, I primed using Zinsser Cover Stain because it has great adhesion. I then topped with Dulux Diamond in pure white (my go-to paint). I used a satin finish as I prefer a lower sheen on my white furniture (apart from factory finished furniture – in that case I love super glossy).
On my previous piece I buffed up the hardware to a soft gold using a sanding block. The future mother of this baby-girl was more partial to silver though, so I decided to use spray paint.
I am going to detail the steps I took in a separate post, but to be brief, I scuffed up the hardware with sandpaper, sprayed with Krylon Metalic silver, and then topped it with black glaze to age it up. I then sealed it in with a spray sealer. Im very happy with the result.
One downside of this dresser was that she was a little on the short side – she only stood a meagre 30” tall. So like the other turquoise one I painted, we decided to custom add a cute pair of stilettos to this girl – enter Mr. Chuckles for some expert help.
I sourced a pair of vintage legs, and repeated the same process as I did on the dresser – sand, prime, paint, seal and we attached them using brackets. The height makes all the difference in the world in my opinion! I love legs on dressers, and have added them to many now. It’s a fair bit of work, but the result is so worth it!