We purchased a Waterfall type wardrobe and dresser, but didn’t have a clue how we wanted to paint them. I posted them on a couple of selling sites as is and offered to custom paint them. Someone who had a vision loved them and knew exactly what she wanted them to look like. And so the process to transform these pieces with good bones but needing a lot of work was begun.
She had seen a chest I had painted gray and with drawers left original. The dresser drawers were in good enough shape that this would be possible to do. So, we had a plan and started with that piece.
All the original pulls were there but they needed some restoration. I had found a product I loved called Rub n Buff. I chose to use Antique Copper on the hardware and the result was amazing! This is a good video tutorial on Rub n Buff. After I buffed the dresser hardware, I sealed it with a couple of coats of water-based polyurethane to keep them looking good.
Then came the transformation of the dresser. I used Missouri Limestone Paint Company’s chalk-based paint “Gray Goose” on the base. Due to the dark color and the old wood, I chose to then use a couple of coats of Minwax’s Sanding Sealer, sanding in between coats to even out the finish. I applied 3 coats of Varanthane’s water-based satin polyurethane to seal and the finish was smooth as glass.
For the mirror and drawers I was able to keep the original wood. I brought out the beauty of the wood with a couple of coats of Varathane’s water-based stain and sealer. They turned out beautiful.
Next up was the wardrobe. My customer found an awesome inspiration piece on Pinterest. I painted the outside of the wardrobe and the drawer fronts with Missouri Limestone Paint’s chalk-based paint with “Trading Post”, a beautiful turquoise. The drawers and the inside of the wardrobe were painted with “Field Corn”, a bright yellow.
The inside of the inspiration piece had a dandelion decal. We were able to find the same exact decal on Amazon. I researched and found it was best to seal the decal with Modpodge. I used two coats of Modpodge on the decals then sealed everything with 3 coats of Varathane’s water-based satin polyurethane. I did not use the sanding sealer on the lighter color paint. I also used Rub n Buff on the hardware.
This before and after restoration project is absolutely stunning. This one is going to its new home today and now I can’t wait to start a new project.
Love the inside. Would have liked to see some emphasis on the scroll work. Using just one color doesn’t do it justice. Some wipe on and off glaze in the crevasses perhaps.
Can’t help but think the yellow and butterfly effect would look great on the outside. Again it’s too beautiful to be hidden inside.
Thank you for your thoughts. It’s always good to get new ideas.
It’s beautiful. I’d want to leave it propped open with some nice vintage items so I could enjoy the flower and butterfly.
I’m into color so I think the outside could have tolerated accenting but that was up to your customer and her decor.
Overall the way it is it had sooooooo much decorating potential. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks. Yes, this is the look the client wanted. But all, great ideas!
Gorgeous!!!!!! Love what you have done!!!!
Thank you very much!
Thank you very much and taking the time to tell me. I enjoy sharing what I do. Hence my business name SharSum *Share Some” a play of words on my name. : )