Happy Hump Day!
I hope everyone is having a fantastic week so far!
Remember yesterday when I was admitting that I am horribly indecisive? Yeah, well. It struck again.
Last month I made a post about my Happy Thrifted Bedroom Set which I thought was completed.
However, I let it linger in my garage too long and the “idea monster” bit me.
I’ve been on a glazing kick lately because I’m about to start working on my kitchen cabinets and I want to make good and sure that I know what I’m doing before I start glazing them.
So? What better to practice on than something you’ve already painted?
I started with this set. A dresser and two nightstands that I had previously refinished and was unsure if I wanted to resell it or keep it for the potential (somewhere hoping in the not too distant future) baby room.
I found this totally rad (yes, I said rad!) Krylon Premium Copper Foil Metallic Spray Paint at Hobby Lobby and wanted to use it. (I used my 40% coupon too!)
Let me tell you, it’s dreamy how real this stuff is. I haven’t been able to find a spray paint that actually looks like real metal but this baby takes the cake.
I also picked up my second most favorite thing in the whole world!
A Behr paint sample (I think I have about 30 of them now)!
This color is called Cloudy Day and it’s a perfect baby blue with just a hint of gray.
What do you get when you put all this together??
*Drum Roll Please!*
A super fab dresser makeover on an already made over dresser!
Here’s what I did:
I took my dresser and nightstands and took all the hardware off.
Laid them out for spray painting. I just use a box for anything not a plain knob.
1 coat of my Krylon Copper Foil Spray Paint. Ta Da! Gorgeous!
Helpful Hint: Use a piece of 1×4 with holes drilled into it to hold all your stand alone knobs for painting.
Then I painted the interior section of every drawer using a small craft paintbrush and my paint sample.
Helpful Hint: I use a 3″ paintbrush specifically for dusting pieces of furniture before I wipe them down.
At this point it looks like a child’s dresser so we have to step it up and make it look more rich and luxurious so it will look like an adult dresser in a fancy cottage somewhere. Right??
I used 220 grit sand paper and my Ryobi Corner Cat Sander (Cordless) to distress the edges of all drawers, doors, and bases.
This is the distressed drawer front. You can see my blue paint isn’t perfect, this is because the nature of glazing is to perfect imperfections. Meaning: imperfections are preferred!
Then using a small sponge applicator brush I slathered the drawer in my decorative glaze.
After application I used a cotton cloth to wipe away the excess making sure to wipe with the wood grain in all directions to keep the look consistent.
I used a glaze from the bathroom cabinets that came with my Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations kit.
My apologies that this is not singularly available over the counter. But it should be!!
Did I mention the sprinklers came on in the middle of my project? Luckily I was out of the way but Juliet got trapped on the porch and then decided the sprinklers were fun to play in…
This glaze coupled with the distressing gives us the super shabby chic cottage-y look and feel. The glaze tones down the pastel in the blue paint and makes it softer and more neutral. I love it!
Helpful Hint: Line up all your drawers that are you are glazing so you can keep them visually consistent with the amount of glaze from drawer to drawer.
If you end up with a drawer that is a little heavier in glaze than you would like, repaint and reglaze is your best option. Trying to patch a specific area does not work very well in my experience.
You may choose to skip this next step. It’s mostly optional but recommended for projects that will see a lot of use (i.e. a dresser!) because it will protect your surfaces. I used the spray version for the drawers and hardware and the painted version for the surface and sides.
I love the copper. LOVE IT!!
This piece has taken such a huge turn for the better. I am in love with everything about it.
Shabby chic, Yes please!
Since this piece was already “finished” it only took me an afternoon to complete the transformation.
This was not a spray painted piece, I hand painted it and it took me about 4 days to paint all 3 pieces to completion, plus hardware.
What do you think? Are you loving the copper hardware? I feel like copper is such a beautiful metal and often overlooked for stainless. Not today!
Have you ever glazed something? What about distressed? Do you have any helpful hints or tips to share? Let me know in the comments!!