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Savvy Shabby: Dresser Refinish Tutorial; Guest Post

04 May 2010

This party link from at Danielle at Savvy Chic Home is a great general tutorial for refinishing  furniture in a shabby chic style.  I thought I would show it to you.

Do you remember this $10 dresser????

Well after a coat of primer, paint and glaze, and a little bit of sanding. Here she is now. I used it as a buffet table in my dining room.

I love the color, the curvy lines, the glaze, and the antique handles. This bottom pict is more true to the color.
I'm not quite done, but I couldn't wait to show you. We (well probably my hubby) will add a shelf or two in the open area. I think I might re-spray the handles in an oil rubbed bronze to tie more of the dark tones into this area. She is coming along so nicely though.

If you want to revamp an old piece of furniture don't be scared. It's so easy.
Here are the steps.
1. Prime- I use Kilz water based primer, only $15 a gallon with tons left for many more projects.
2. Paint- I used a brush in the corners and a roller in the flat areas. The color I choose was Valspar's Seafoam.
3. Sand edges.

4. Glaze. This step was kinda intimidating to me, but it was soo easy and makes a huge difference. It really makes the detail stand out and tones down the color. Brush glaze into corners and over flat surface. Then lightly wipe down with a damp cloth. Keep repeating until it is dark enough.
Before the wipe down.

After the wipe down.

I plan on doing something different with the table display & picture. What would you do? I am thinking about flanking the dresser/buffett with a few chairs to add length to this wall and to balance out the room better.

I love the color, and the instructions are great!  
Thanks for linking up to the party!


Danielle @ Savvy Chic Home May 4, 2010 at 12:22 PM  

Thanks sooo much for the feature!!!!! It's so exciting for a new blogger like me!

Kelli @ RTSM May 4, 2010 at 12:34 PM  

What a great redo! I love the color and the glaze. I'm still a little scared of glazing too, but I might have to give it a try now!

Anonymous,  July 27, 2010 at 6:39 PM  

Fabulous tutorial....just what I was looking for! What did you use for a glaze?

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