When I finally saw the dresser, I realized it had potential. It met some of the criteria that I was looking for which was a tall dresser, plenty of storage, sturdy, dovetail joints, and in good condition ~ who could ask for more?
After hanging out with the dresser for a while, I finally decided that I would paint the body grey and dresser drawers a blue-grey. I had a can of Rustoleum Satin Granite in the basement, and I thought that would be great for the body. The dresser was in good condition and the Rustoleum spray would go on easy, cover well, and be a practical application for a kids dresser that might get beat up a bit.
Now I needed to find the perfect color for the drawers.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and so I went on the hunt to find some. Luckily, we happened to have a distributor near by and I picked up a can of Duck Egg, Paris Grey, soft wax, and the soft wax brush.
I got to work on my dresser and covered the body in the satin granite paint. Then I had to sand the drawers and fill the spaces where the hardware once was with wood putty and sand again.
Annie Sloan Clear Wax. I bought the brush that they suggest and applied a thin coat. I had read that you can't apply too much or it gets cakey and can ruin a piece of furniture. So, I thinly applied and then sanded with my orbital sander and then applied again and sanded again.
I gave it some time to really dry before we started installing the hardware. Since I wanted this dresser to have a relaxed feel for my lil' guy's room, I thought rope handles would be really fun.
Here is how it turned out....
I had a lot of fun renovating this piece of furniture and I'm really happy with the finished piece. We find the dresser is both practical and looks great, too. What do you think?