This was a Craigslist find in Lynchburg, VA. We were immediately attracted to this piece because of its attractive veneer and intricate lattice. This was a one of a kind piece of furniture and one that we could not pass up the chance to work on.
We wanted to make sure that the gorgeous wood tones were brought out, so we went with a lighter gray paint color to make those wood tones pop.
We used the following supplies on this dresser:
Before we painted the body of the china cabinet we made sure to tape the stained portions of the dresser that we wanted to keep in its original tones (or that we added cherry stain to to make the color more vibrant). This was a necessary step on this project in order to try to limit how much paint ended up in those areas.
After we finished taping the body and drawer we started painting. We used two coats of paint on this project.
After the stain and paint were dry we were ready to apply a coat of water based Polycrylic to both the body of the dresser and the drawers.
Poly does two things: (1) it creates a layer of protection for the furniture from everyday abuse; and (2) it creates a smooth finish. We typically apply two coats of poly, but some projects may require more. After the poly has dried we use a wet sanding technique with extremely fine sand paper to ensure that the stained areas are smooth to touch. The wet sanding process is really simple, just spray on some lemon oil and lightly sand over the stained areas with an 800 grit sandpaper (you can also do this over the painted areas, but you need to be careful not to sand too aggressively over the painted areas or you will end up with a distressed look).
Hope that you have enjoyed the finished product! Thanks for reading!
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.