We took this thrift store find from boring to BAM! with just a fresh coat of Colorhouse paint!
PREP! As with any painting project, a properly prepared surface is the key to a beautiful finish. Here is a quick list of steps….easy as 1,2,3! Well, actually 4 and 5!
1. Remove the drawers and take off the hardware.
2. Sand all surfaces to de-gloss.
3. Fill any imperfections with spackle, sand smooth.
4. Wipe down all surfaces of the dresser with a slightly damp rag to remove dust.
5. Caulk any visible gaps.
Our dresser was previously painted with a water-based paint, so there was no need to prime. If the existing paint is an oil-based paint, or if you’re unsure what was used before, prime with Colorhouse Multi-Purpose Primer before painting.
We raised the dresser off the floor so we could access the bottom of it easily without picking up any dust from the drop cloth in our brush. Apply 2 coats Colorhouse paint in CLAY .07 using a quality brush. Allow 2-4 hours of drying time between coats. Then wait 24-48 hours before the next step- the fun part of painting the design!
With blue tape, mask the pattern you want to create. For this project, we created an abstract angle to mimic the rad building blocks from our friends at BITTE– our favorite online destination for unique children’s toys and apparel. Seal the edge of the tape with CLAY .07. Any paint bleed under the tape will be the same color as the dresser and make for perfect lines. Get the lowdown on this technique here.
Apply 2 coats of DREAM .04 and remove the tape right away.
Colorhouse paint does not contain the chemical solvents found in the finishes typically recommended for furniture. While this is a good thing for people and the planet, we believe that performance and a long life are vital components of a sustainable product. Water based paints, in general, tend to not be tough enough to withstand the daily wear and tear that furniture pieces encounter. For added durability and better block resistance (when painted surfaces stick to themselves it is a condition called blocking), we recommend applying a water-based clear coat once Colorhouse paint has fully cured – about 7-10 days after painting. Vermont Natural Coatings makes a poly-whey product that is compatible with our products, and provides added durability and hardness to the finish. Other clear products may also work, but test for compatibility before moving forward with the whole project.
This dresser was part of our 2016 Color Trend shoot. Find out more about the colors we see on the horizon for year ahead here. And for more DIY inspiration, check out the rest of our MAKE THIS series!