Friday, October 3, 2014

Chic Black and White Dresser

I had been waiting for the perfect piece in which to try out white General Finishes milk paint. I found this sweet little vintage dresser that was one step away from the dump and was screaming (at least to me) for a makeover!

The drawer guides were a mess - every single wooden track needed to be reattached. Here's a shot of the repair process after I had already prepped and sanded. Who needs diamonds and flowers? This gal needs more clamps!

My vision for this dresser was to give it a sleek appearance. The handles were adorable and all I did was spray paint them in Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze and seal them. I primed this dresser twice only because I wanted to avoid multiple coats of white paint. After THREE coats of GF Snow White paint, it finally covered. It's hard to describe what happened, but after the second coat, magic happened! It no longer had a flat, matte appearance but took on a beautiful, shiny sheen!

I lined the drawers with adorable paper to tie in with the black and white theme...

...and lightly sanded between coats on the top to remove obvious brush strokes. Then I coated the top with General Finishes Satin Top Coat for protection. I was really pleased with the results...I have a pet peeve about running my hands over furniture and not feeling a smooth appearance.

I won't kid you - this took a lot of work to get this finish! The best part was that it went to a great new home who appreciated all of the hard work that went into this piece.

So that was my experiment with General Finishes milk paint. Would I use it again? Absolutely (and I have)! Although it took more coats of paint to perfect the finish, the results were definitely worth the labor of love.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous week!

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  1. I admire a piece of furniture with a smooth silky feel. The finish turned out wonderful and good decision to keep the hardware. If you have time, come over to Make It Monday (live now) - we would love for you to share this dresser.

    1. Thanks so much for the compliment, Donna! I just linked up to your party - thanks for the invite! Have a great week!

  2. What a great transformation! Love the inside of the drawers. Thanks so much for sharing at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party.
    Have a great week!
    House on the Way

  3. I love any thing white for decor, your white dresser came out lovely! Love if you share this on Fabulous Friday Party
    Thanks Maria

    1. Thanks for the invite! I just linked up to your party and I'm looking forward to reading all of the inspirational projects your readers have submitted! Have a great weekend :)

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