Aug 9, 2011

Turquoise Painted Dresser

So are you dying of curiosity from the preview I posted on Monday?  
Did you come back for the full story?  If so, I'm glad you did!

So, as a refresher, here's the original.

Here's the teaser, and you'll have to scroll on down to see the full finished product.

I bought this dresser at a garage sale about three years ago, I'm pretty sure I paid $20.00 for it.  I was pregnant with Addie at the time and thought the dresser would be the perfect size for sleepers, diapers and blankets.  I also put a little change pad on top and used it as a change table for awhile.  The dresser has been here and there throughout our house ever since, and I've always intended to paint it.  Last week I finally got around to it, hauled it up out my laundry room and into the backyard for a makeover.  

I started by removing the drawers and their hardware, and sanding all the finished surfaces of the dresser.

Next up came a coat of primer.

Then I had to decide on a paint color.  I knew I wanted to go with a shade of turquoise, but I just couldn't quite find what I was looking for.  I ended up buying two tubes of turquoise acrylic craft paint,  and adding a bit of white to tone it down just a little bit.  I think my tube of paint was a little old, too, it was super thick, so I added just a little bit of water to loosen it up.  Worked like a charm.

After two coats of my custom turquoise, it was time for my inspiration to come into play.  I've had this picture in mind for awhile now, knowing I wanted to incorporate something similar somewhere along the line.  This staircase is just so lovely, the branches are gorgeous, so I decided to emulate the same idea on my dresser.

Sorry for the teeny tiny picture, it got horribly fuzzy as soon as I tried to make it bigger.  Check the link out if you're interested in seeing the full version of this gorgeous room.

I started by sketching out my dresser and the branch layout I was planning.

Once I was satisfied with my sketch, I lightly drew out the same plan directly onto my dresser drawers.  I tweaked my sketch in a few places, but pretty much stuck to my original plan.
With a chick flick playing, the kids in bed, and Zach working late, I began to paint in the branches.  I used some brown paint I had on hand.  I poured a little bit in a cup and watered it down just a little bit to thin the paint out.  Though that's totally my own personal preference.  By the time the final credits were rolling from my movie, I was just finishing up the last drawer, perfect timing.

Apparently I forgot to take a picture at this point...oopsie.

After letting my freshly painted branches dry I put all the drawers back in the dresser to see how it all looked together.  The result?  Amazing!  The only thing I wasn't thrilled with was how absolutely electric my turquoise was.  It was SO bright.  So I decided to tone it down a bit by washing the whole dresser down with some really watered down brown paint.

I took the same paint I painted the branches with and watered it down even more.  My paint was really thin.  Then, using an old brush I brushed paint across the top of my dresser, and immediately wiped it off with a rag.  This lets the thin paint get into all the character dings, scratches, nooks, and crannies of the dresser, giving it an aged and worn look.  I did the same thing over the rest of the dresser, working in small sections at a time.

If I wiped too much paint off, I'd do another light layer of the brown paint and wipe it off again, adding layers of age and character.  Lastly, I did the same to the drawer fronts.  Can I just say, I nearly wet myself?  It was so hard to paint over the branches I'd slaved over...but with a deep breath I dragged by paint brush across the first drawer and swiped it off with my well worn rag.

Sorry for the AWFUL lighting here, daylight was fading and I wanted to get my painting done!
And the result was good.  I don't mean to brag, but I'm so pleased with how my fake glazing worked.  I love the way my little dresser turned out!

After all the paint dried and I calmed down from the "crafter's high" I was on, I sprayed a few coats of clear coat over the dresser and drawer fronts to protect my hard work, reattached the drawer pulls, and sipped a tall glass of iced tea.  Done.  

Well, was it worth the wait?  Thanks for stopping by today, come on back Friday for some more crafty action!

Be blessed,


Melissa said...

So awesome! I want to paint some furniture so bad, but I am really scared! Yours is beautiful! The freehand is amazing! Great Job!

Christina said...

You are so talented!

Lesley said...

And you'[re mailing it to me tomorrow, yes?
Haha...seriously it's absolutely lovely. Great job, you!

melissa said...

amazing job Jen!! Beautiful branches, you really are an artist with mad skills

Stacey said...

Wow! I need to find some old furniture!

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful! Truly art :)
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Anonymous said...

This is beautiful! Truly art :)
I'm your newest follower!

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

This dresser is beautiful! I love the color and the branches add just the right amount of personality. You did a great job!

Anonymous said...

I love this dresser!! So pretty.
I'm hosting a link party today over @ For Mamas. I'd love it if you stopped by & linked up!


Sachiko said...

This is such a beautiful piece of funiture! Thank you for linking to my party!

BeingBrook said...

Lovely!! Love the color too-so pretty!

FlowerLand said...

Your ebautiful DIY is on my blog!

Thak you so much!


Wendy said...

Found this after a circuitous route from Pintrest. I have an ugly but well made chest I inherited from my great-aunt. I've always wanted to paint it, but felt unsure of my abilities. This dresser--colors, leaves, and all--matches my daydreams well, and your tutorial is quite clear. Thankyou for the inspiration!

Designs Kitchens said...

You are a gifted artist.Those of us who have been blessed with this passion and vision should be are a truly wonderful people that God loved a little more by letting us feel the way he must feel when he creates something beautiful.