Summer is here and with that a bit of a work slow down for me as I enjoy the warm days with my two young boys. I did just finish this piece though, in yet another shade of blue. I’ve never seen a shade of blue I didn’t like and this one is no exception! It’s called Summer Blueberries and it’s one of the latest limited edition colors from Country Chic Paint. It’s such a happy, summery hue that I knew would be the perfect fit for my latest makeover.
Usually I try to take pictures of pieces as I work on them so that you can see how things look not only after they’re finished, but also during. I’m afraid I didn’t do that this time and I’m sorry! Unlike many of my projects though, this one was a pretty straightforward paint job with no major issues to contend with. The dresser was another craigslist find and overall was in pretty good condition. However, the reddish finish was a bit tired and very dated. I applied two coats of the Summer Blueberries and once dry, lightly sanded the entire piece with fine grit sandpaper. This gave the flat surfaces a very smooth feel while highlighting the edges and details. I used Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish to finish and protect the paint.
At some point the original hardware was replaced and though the pulls were appropriate in style for the piece, the finish was not. They were not brass (which I love!) but instead some sort of metal painted a very shiny gold. They unfortunately looked cheap and not at all in keeping with the vintage look of the dresser. I typically try very hard to keep original hardware and while these were actually replacements, I wanted to make them work. I opted to paint them, something I’ve done on many occasions. I gave each pull two coats of Country Chic Vanilla Frosting and once that was dry, applied one coat of Country Chic’s new glaze in the color Graphite. That softened the white and gave them a slightly aged appearance.
The above pull on the left has been painted with just the Vanilla Frosting while the pull on the right has been finished with the glaze.
That’s it for now but I’ll be back soon with another makeover. Happy summer!
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