First let me state that I did not get any during photo's. No tutorials, because they are all over the internet anyway. Also, for some reason unknown to me, when I purchased the paint and was given the option to get flat, semi-gloss etc, I said semi gloss. Ughhh! I always use Clark and Kensington flat paint when I don't have chalky type paint in a color I want.
So here is the before....
Well, actually it is a during. I was stripping the top to get down to the wood. It had ugly yellowing yuck on it that Had to go! I ended up stripping the whole dresser. From top to bottom. Then I tried to sand all of the deep gouges out of that center large drawer.
After washing it all down with Mineral Spirits and then with TSP, I went to work. Let me reiterate that I do not like semi gloss paint!
I decided to restain the top using General Finishes Java Gel Stain. The stripping and the staining are both firsts for me.
After getting the stain just the way I wanted it, I used General Finishes High Performance Topcoat. I applied three coats, allowing each to completely dry in between.
Then I painted the sides and legs of the dresser, using Clark and Kensington Whipping Cream. Basically it is white....looks white as white can be, but with a fancy name. I also stained the frame between the drawers, making the white pop and breaking it up just a tad at the same time.
The drawers have issues and I am not a woodworker like so many of you are. This piece needs new drawers built desperately bad. They have been through the wringer in their time, do not sit well in place, and so much more. I am currently looking for someone local to make new ones for me at a reasonable price.
Until then, they are painted and decorated. Being it is truly going to be a temporary decoration, I didn't invest a lot of time or money into this part of the piece. I used the original knobs for now as it would not do this piece a lot of good to have new ones, until the new drawers are built.
As for the decoration of the fronts of the drawers, I will let you guess how I managed this effect as you ponder the fact that I cannot draw a stick man!
Here is the long awaited after!
Here it is, in my garage before putting the knobs back on. I also still had to paint the legs because I spaced that out.
Because the room is blue I chose purplish flowers to offset the walls a bit, This picture does not do it justice honestly.
Can you guess how I did the flowers?