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Refinished French Country Dresser

This dresser was just waiting for some love. Follow along and learn how to refinish your sub-par surfaces!

It started out like this:

 

It actually belonged to our landlord and had been sitting in the jam room for about ten years. Matt used it as an instrument/music stand. The drawers were filled with broken guitar pedals and picks. I inquired about purchasing the dresser and he said I could just have it. Sweet. (Thanks, Rick!).

It’s strikingly similar to the nightstand I got from Value Village, which has a very shabby chic thing going on. As you can see, this dresser was definitely more shabby than chic.

Step 1: Pokie’s Inspection

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She’s so thorough, you guys.

Step 2: Remove Hardware + Wipe Down

After that I moved on to removing the hardware and giving everything a good scrub. The pictures are deceptive, but it’s huge! Using a standard scraper, I removed the chipping paint from the drawer fronts. There were three holes that I filled with Elmer’s Stainable Wood Filler. And sanded all the surfaces with 80 grit, then 150 grit, (then 320 grit just on the top) sandpaper to get the smoothest, buttery-est texture possible. Remember, most especially when working indoors, to use a respirator and cover everything you don’t want layered in sawdust, in my case that includes drums, guitars, amps and keyboards.

Step 3: Pick + Paint

The next step was picking a color. I struggled with the choice because white seems appropriate for the classic French country style, but is not conducive to my lifestyle. The dresser doubles as a vanity and putting on powdery brown makeup over a white surface is just asking for trouble. You know it, I know it, so it wasn’t happening. I decided on Timbermine in semi-gloss because it’s perfectly regal, but not overly dark or dramatic. It’s the Goldilocks of grays. The fine folks at Fred Meyer mixed it up for me.

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Can we just take a second to thank whoever came up with the idea to put paint in screw-top containers? I wanna give a shout out to that homie, whoever he or she is. Because IT’S AMAZING. No waste. No questing if you’ve got a tight seal. They got it going on.

I painted two light coats of grey on the body of the dresser using a 3 inch brush, an artist’s brush for the inlays and a roller. Painting flat surfaces is always trickier than I remember. Using brushes alone creates streaks that can be cute, but weren’t here. To achieve even perfection, I used the brush to apply the paint, but then went over it with the roller to smooth things out. I tried just using the roller, but I found that left different streaks. Combining techniques made all the difference. I used two different polyurethane treatments to protect the paint.

From streaky mess to oh yes!

Step 4: Hardware

The hardware that came with the dresser was gorgeous enough to keep, but definitely needed a paint job. I opted for Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze. It’s like a metallic dusted black that looks perfect in person.

 

Step 5: Drawers

I opted for this ladylike contact paper inside to line the drawers. It’s the perfect little extra. ❤

 

Put it all together and what do ya get? Gorgeousness!

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This dresser definitely classes up the place. And it’s so big, everything actually fits! I consider this whole venture a success and you can, too. Don’t go settling for sub par surfaces, switch it up!

xo,

Catfight Craft

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