Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Robin's Egg Blue Dresser

Posted by: Paulette

I remember when I bought this dresser about 15 years ago. It was my first furniture purchase. I paid $25 for it.  The dresser was a beautiful maple color. Someone had taken the time to strip off the white paint and refinish it. I could tell all of this from the insides of the drawers.Originally it had a plaque of a covered wagon on the top drawer, and it was cracked.That was the first to come off. I bought a small rectangular plaque, stained it with some watered down paint and then painted a flower motif on it. The original knobs were replaced with porcelain knobs with roses on them. I painted a vine of flowers around the wagon wheel on the bottom. I can't believe that I can't find a before picture.
So 15 years later, when I am repainting almost all of the furniture in the house, this little beauty becomes a perfect candidate for a new paint job and new knobs.
If anyone can tell me how to remove the roses off of the original ones so that they can be reused, I'd appreciate it.

Miss Mustard Seed has been such an inspiration for me. All of her pieces of painted furniture are coveted. But I knew that I could do this myself. I bought a pretty Robin's Egg blue paint in Semi-Gloss at Walmart. Fortunately for me there was a gallon can of Kilz base on clearance for $9. I wasn't sure what I would do with all of the extra paint, but it was cheaper than buying a quart.
I also bought he small wood medallion, and used wood glue to a affix to the front of the plaque. Then the dresser got 2 coats of paint. It was sanded, paying closer attention to the areas that would naturally get bumped or rubbed a lot. Then I used a dark brown glaze all over the dresser, using a paper towel to rub into the finish. If there was too much in a certain area, I used a damp paper towel to remove the excess.
The knobs were purchased at Hobby Lobby (my favorite store).
I LOVE my new dresser, and can't wait to repaint the other bedroom furniture.
And as for all of that extra paint, I have plans for that too!