Blue and white with some warm wood mixed in is such a lovely combination! I bought this little dresser from some friends we know. I didn’t see it before it was dropped off but had somewhat of an idea of the piece and what needed to be done.
It cam mostly stripped. It was previously painted white (which was now yellowed) and had a terrible paint job, it was in need of a fresh look. I had to finish stripping the bottom drawer and parts of the back legs. There were also some veneer issues I had to fix, but it just involved some wood glue, clamps, wood filled and patience 🙂
Once the dresser was all stripped and sanded I primed everything but the top with 2 coats of Zinsser Cover Stain oil based primer. I then moved onto staining the top before painting the rest of the dresser. For the top I used General Finishes Gel Stain in Antique Walnut. I have to say I love the color of this stain. It’s not too dark and doesn’t have red tones to it. A new favorite! I used 2 coats for the top, letting it dry overnight in between coats. Some scratches and marks showed up and were still visible after applying the stain, but it gives the piece a rustic, farmhouse look. I then taped off and covered the top. For the rest of the dresser I used 4 coats (painful, I know!) of General Finish Snow White milk paint. I wanted a crisp, true white, so I went with this color. I did sand in between coats to minimize brush strokes. I always get more brush marks with white than any other color of paint. It’s just how it is!
Once the whole dresser had cured I sealed both the top and the painted parts with General Finishes high performance poly in satin. I made sure to use 2 different brushes, one for the top and one for white painted areas, so there would be no discoloration on the paint. Once it dried (and it dries fast), I added some blue, bubble glass knobs I got at Anthroplogie. They go so well with the piece and are the finishing touch the piece needed!