I love geometric designs and mid century furniture. Last year I painted a geometric nightstand and had to bring the design back for this Dixie mid century dresser. When I bought it, the finish was not in great shape. It had a lot of scratches, areas where the stain was rubbed off, dings, and just needed some love. I first painted the design on the drawer using regular Behr white paint and primer in one (straight off the shelf), Sherwin Williams Loch Blue, and General Finishes Lamp Black. It definitely takes time and patience, but it pays off! I wanted to change those pulls out since I don’t think they fit the piece, but I don’t know what to replace them with.
For the rest of the dresser I sanded it with 220 grit sandpaper to remove some of the sheen and get any gunk and years of build up off. After cleaning it off I gave it one coat of Rustoleum’s Ultimate stain in Dark Walnut. I applied the stain with a staining pad then wiped it off. It just enhances the tones of the wood and makes all those surface imperfections disappear. Once it cured, I finished off the whole entire piece with General Finishes High Performance Satin Poly.
Here’s a video tutorial of how to refresh wood without stripping using Gel Stain.