It’s that time again! Time for my friends and I to share our makeovers for Furniture Fixer Uppers Day. This is always a blast for me because I love to share a new makeover and show you what my friends are up to as well. You’ll see theirs features in a bit. Today, this beautiful Lexington dresser is going to help me show you updated furniture can be super easy.
I will be perfectly honest that I really did NOT want to do anything to this piece since it’s beautiful as is. However, the fact that it had scratches and I had no interest in refinishing it since it is made of veneers and the stain color is so…orange, I had to do something.
I actually got an entertainment armóire with it as well that has its own issues. In a later post I will show you what that becomes, so stay tuned!
This set is huge, heavy, and full of potential. Many of you ask me time and time again about pieces that you own and love, but aren’t happy with the current style it is. You are looking for a way to update without having to paint or refinish yourself. So, here is my goal: to take a perfectly fine piece in current condition that will not only create updated furniture, but make both those who love a new look and those who love wood happy. There’s no sanding involved, no removal of hardware or glass, all you need is the right tools. Stay with me here.
Enter in these awesome brushes by Zibra. I have raved about them and will continue to do so because they are the next best thing to sliced bread. haha.
Yes, this is paint and I intend to you use it. tsk. But, how I’m going to use it is key. Notice the statement above: “No prep work? No kidding!” With only one coat I will show you how to retain the wood presence but update it to a new look.
First, I begin by wiping everything down to get a clean surface to start on, then the fun begins! I use my Square Brush to tackle the mirror and all its ornate details. Why? This brush allows me to cut-in the mirror easy-peasy with no tape and fill in all those nooks and crannies.
Working in small batches, I brush on a light coat and wipe off excess with a soft cloth. This leaves behind the caviar black to highlight the wood. Kinda like a glazing as I’ve shown in these posts, but with more of a presence.
You are going to continue this process over the entire piece. For the dresser cabinet, I used my Stubby Brush to get the look I’m after.
Looking like a hot mess, right? Stay with me… You don’t want to coat the entire surface, but just get enough paint on that you can work it around, again in small batches. Wipe in direction of the grain and blend until it all flows together.
You may make a mess on yourself, but no worries as this natural paint will cause you no harm and is easy to clean up. You could wear gloves, but getting messy is so fun!
Now for the drawers. This set has a mix of acrylic and brass pulls and I leave them right where they are. I use my Fan Brush to tackle the drawer fronts. It allows me to catch the trim and fill in nicely around each pull. I work one drawer at at time, brushing paint on and then using the cloth to remove excess.
This all goes very quickly and I’m done in no-time. You could stop right there, but if you prefer a topcoat like I did, you can use a black wax to seal it all in. Use either a soft cotton cloth to apply and remove excess with buffing. Let cure and you’re done!
This piece now has a whole new vibe to it and I didn’t have to do much to it at all. Even JC when he first saw the after, gasped and said, “Cool. It looks old now”. This coming from my man of few words and wood lover himself. It translates to me, “It’s absolutely awesome!!”
No sanding, no removing hardware, and no prep work. Could it be any easier? I think not. The best part is you could do this with any color of paint for a washed effect. The options are limitless.
JC even asked if we could keep it since he loves it that much. Well…that says enough in itself. As much as we’d like to, we don’t need this piece, so it’s yours for the taking in my shop.
Time for some goodies for you! You know I’m all about inspiring you to give DIY a try and Zibra and I are giving away a brush prize package to get you started. Woot! Easy entry – just fill out the widget below (daily even for extra entries). Winner will be announced via email and will have 24 hours to respond so check your email and spam! Open to U.S. and Canada residents 18 years of age and older. GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.
Do pin and share this technique for those that want to learn how to easily get updated furniture.
Up next, this plant stand deserves to get a fresh new look.
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