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fabulous dresser tutorial!

so here we go….. let’s go from this…..you know you can find something similar to work with….and feel free to change color schemes to work with your space….to this!!!

before being Rethunk!

before being Rethunk!

AFTER being Rethunk!

AFTER being Rethunk!

let’s prep this puppy! spray on the prep – let it sit for a few minutes (just long enough to have a light snack – haha) and then wipe dry with a soft cloth. THIS is why we prep! gets rid of any oils and greases and dirt on the piece and now you’re ready to paint!!

Prep it!

Prep it!

i used Linen on this piece – shake shake shake the paint and then apply it with a quality brush. (no foam brushes or chip brushes – but nothing expensive is necessary) here’s what my drawers looked like after the first coat. aim a fan at it and you’ll be dry and ready for the second coat in no time!

one coat...

one coat…

i cut squares of scrapbook paper that i liked for the center of these drawers. using mod podge, i glued them on. i don’t worry about wrinkles too much – or even cutting the exact size – you’ll see why in a bit… you can see wrinkles in this very photo!

using mod podge

using mod podge

when it’s dry….i distressed the drawer – i use the sander (electric sander) to “trim” the edges – which is why i don’t worry about cutting the exact size. and i even sand the paper itself where any wrinkles are.

distressing

distressing

now we glaze! apply our Dark Glaze with a brush (see how it looks like i ruined the drawer??) you need enough to work with….then use a damp cloth (wring it out really well) to blend/erase till you get the look you want. super easy!! i glazed over the paper – and then glazed the whole dresser.

glaze step 1

glaze step 1

glaze step 2

glaze step 2

now let’s tackle the top of the dresser – i used our Stain Top. this is one coat of our Stain Top brushed on. look at the difference!

before Stain Top

before Stain Top

after Stain Top

after Stain Top

one coat of our Tuff Top on the top to seal and protect and you can step back and admire your masterpiece!!!

AFTER being Rethunk!

AFTER being Rethunk!

2 replies
  1. Wanda
    Wanda says:

    Laura – my sisters and I did a piece this weekend (actually my mom’s old china cabinet) that is close to the darkness of the dresser you have pictured here. Two things I need to ask, I had to put 3 coats of paint on it; is that normal or did I do something wrong? Secondly, after distressing it and applying the glaze, every time I wiped off the glaze in a majority of the areas that were distressed, it went back to the original ugly “orange’ish” color. Again, did I do something wrong? The fix was to just basically paint the glaze on those areas hoping it never comes off. I really LOVE the piece and am waiting on the hardware before placing it in my kitchen. FYI, I did use the prep, linen paint, and dark glaze.

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    • Laura Whitlow
      Laura Whitlow says:

      Hi Wanda! Thanx for your questions. Sometimes if you’re going over a really dark piece with a light paint color three coats can be normal. Sorry about that. We find that two is just fine if we are going to glaze. As for the glaze issue… We find that if people have difficulties glazing it’s because of the following factors…
      1. Using a dry rag or a rag that is too wet
      2. Glazing before the paint is thoroughly dry
      3. Applying too much pressure when wiping the glaze on
      Let me know if this helps and if I can answer any other questions at all! Thanks so much!!

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