A really cool couple gave us an opportunity to work on this amazing dresser! Mixing stains gives you the opportunity to create the perfect color and design for your space. Even though we have tried this particular stain mixture on a couple different projects, we feel like the result has been a little bit different every time. Making each piece truly unique.
Before we get to the steps needed to mix the stains, you'll need to gather the following materials:
Step 1: Removing Original Finish
We sanded the body and the drawers down. As we usually do, we start our sanding process with our orbital sander using an 80 grit sandpaper. Then, we use 60 grit sandpaper to make sure all of the original finish has been properly removed. Finally, we hand sand with a 120 grit sandpaper to get a smoother wood before applying paint. . This process seems to be extremely effective in putting the dresser in its bare bones state. Make sure you wash it off with a damp cloth so that there is not any dust or residue left on it. Once it is dry, it is time to tape around the edges!
Step 2: Taping the Dresser
Before we painted the drawers and the body of the dresser, we made sure to tape the inside of the of the body and the inside of the drawers. It is always important to remember to tape the inside of the body where the drawers slide in and out, and the inside portions of the drawers where paint might drip/or the paint brush might touch. We will admit that this is not a necessary step, but if you want to have a re-purposed dresser that looks professional grade, then every detail matters.
Step 3: Primer Applied
The sides on the body of this dresser consisted of particle board, so we primed the sides so that the paint would adhere to the sides of the dresser better. After the primer was dried, we went ahead and sanded it down so that it was smooth and ready to be painted.
Step 4: Staining the Drawers
Sydney found an old Tupperware container in the kitchen, and she used that to hold the stain she mixed since she used a small quantity. For this custom stain, Sydney combined the stain with equal ratios. She poured about 1/3 cup of cherry and 1/3 cup of grey stain into her container. Then, she mixed the colors together with a plastic spoon. This amount provided her with more than enough stain to finish the drawers, so you can use a smaller amount if you are trying to be really conservative.
Tip: As you apply the mixed stain to the drawers, it is important to stain them all at one time so that they turn out the same. Be aware that the color, type, density, etc. of your wood can change the outcome of your dresser. You can see how we did the same thing on our Twin 2 Dresser and this mixed stain project, but the colors were very different from this dresser.
Step 5: Painting the Body
After we were finished with taping the dresser, we painted the dresser using Fusion Paint. We usually do two coats of paint to make sure that everything is sufficiently covered. We generally use Purdy paint brushes so that we can ensure that we get an excellent finish.
Step 6: Applying Finish
After the paint was dry we were ready to apply a coat of water based Polycrylic to both the body of the dresser and the drawers. After the first coat we sanded down the dresser using 320 grit sandpaper, then we applied a second coat of Polycrylic. The picture below shows what the table looked like after we sanded down the first coat (make sure you wipe off the sanding dust with a damp cloth before applying the second coat of Poly).
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Josh and Sydney are life adventurers that love to learn and create. We are exact opposites and enjoy gaining new perspective. Our home is where our varying personalities shine, and we use it to gather our friends and family together.