I found this dresser on the sidewalk down the street from my place this summer and there was no way I could pass it up. So I took it to my sister’s garage and got down and dirty by sanding it to its natural luster. Unfortunately I do not have a picture of its original condition but basically had two coats of dirty off-white paint that has been on there I would guess for over two decades. The dresser was made in St. Barthelemy Quebec Canada and given its style and design I’m guessing it dates back to the 1980’s.
Then I sprayed Valspar Spray Paint over the baby blue painted hardware and changed it to silver.
The hardest part of this project was sanding down the drawers.
Everything was going smoothly or so I thought until it was time to re-paint the dresser. My original vision was to use a type of paint called “milk paint” which essentially would be a light wash of paint over the original wood creating a rustic distressed look. At the time I didn’t realize the difference between the paint type called “milk paint” and an actual brand called “milk paint”. As you can imagine I was very disappointed and embarrassed to find out that I bought the wrong paint. I could have gone back to the Home Depot and exchange it but I was so determined to finish it that weekend I made do with the paint colour I bought.
Click here for some interesting facts about Milk Paint.
Anyways, after re-painting it I also ended up distressing the corners and edges by hand sanding it down to create a slight aged look. I was very attached to my original thinking so the slight distressing was a happy medium. But after a few weeks of it in my room I decided it needed a little something more. I realized that I no longer like the silver hardware colour I original selected and decided that with the little bit of black matte paint I had left over from a few other side projects I’d re-paint the hardware black as well.
End result, my first recycle, reuse, and reinvented master piece of furniture is complete!