The combination of white and fuchsia distressed layered latex paint might be a bit bold for some. No worries. You can use any color combination with this paint technique. This furniture makeover before and after is an easy tutorial.
I have all the details on how to get the two layer paint look. I also made a video showing how I did the distressing and the finishing touches for this project.
Distressed Layered Latex Paint
Multiple layers of paint on furniture are pretty common. Painted furniture has been popular for a while and some pieces have been painted more than once.
A little sanding by hand or using an electric sander can uncover the paint colors hiding under the top layer. Most of the time this distressed layered look is perfection.
I painted a custom piece many years ago and the dresser I painted already had a coat of whitish greenish paint. It was pretty ugly.
The dresser was going in a children’s clothing shop and the client selected a beautiful fuchsia or hot pink paint color as the top coat.
I was recently reminded of this makeover by a reader on Facebook who reached out asking me for the name of the paint color.
That piece was painted just after I started blogging and I wasn’t writing all of the details of the project. Just mainly posting before and after photos…..and those weren’t good.
Anyway, I loved that makeover and thought I would try to recreate it on this chest of drawers. For reference I’ve included a photo of the inspiration piece.
I tried to select a color I thought was close to the original piece but looking at them in the same post they look totally different. Of course the photo of the earlier piece is really bad.
I bought the chest of drawers at an auction. I paid $55 for it. Not a steal, not a deal. Some of you really didn’t want me to remove the oak leaf applique. Sorry. The more I looked at the chest the more I thought about changing it completely. I decided to go for a feminine look.
The oak leaf and the wood handles were definitely leaning toward masculine. I popped that oak leaf off without any trouble using a flat putty knife.
To get the layered paint finish I started with white primer. I was going to use white as the base color anyway and decided the color of the stain on the chest called for primer. You can see in the photo above that some of the stain did bleed through.
The problem areas were mostly where I removed the original drawer pulls. I sanded those areas pretty well because excess stain had settled around the edges of the pulls. Still don’t know why that would cause the stain bleed in that area. The primer is Glidden Gripper.
The fuchsia color I selected is Very Berry by Glidden. I had it mixed in Behr Premium Plus Ultra eggshell finish.
I don't think I've ever mentioned this in a blog post before but I have the paints mixed in the quart size. That size will do several furniture projects. I buy paint by the gallon only when I run across a pretty can of oops paint.
I used a small sponge roller for this paint job. I normally use a brush. A few years ago I used the foam brushes religiously then got away from them. Don’t know why. They work great.
When the paint is rolled on with the sponge roller it looks like the finish contains tiny, tiny, raised bubbles….but the paint dries smooth.
I needed three coats of the Very Berry to get complete coverage over the white. I usually have this issue with red, pink, and orange paint colors.
I was able to find eight French Provincial drawer pulls the perfect size to fit the original hardware holes in my large hardware stash. I also found two knobs for the top drawer.
I spray painted them all in gloss white using the Walmart brand spray paint. I distressed them just a bit by hand with 100 grit sandpaper.
Once I put the drawer pulls on the top drawer I knew I had a problem……..the big blank space where I removed the oak leaf applique. I needed to put something there.
I first thought of an escutcheon plate (thing on vintage furniture where the key goes to open the drawer or door). If I did that I would need to drill a hole to make it look like a keyhole. I didn't want a hole in the middle of the drawer. What happens if I don't like it.
I thought about just adding another knob to match the two on either end of the drawer. Not big enough for the space. No to that to.
I then went through my stash of wood junk stuff and found a scallop shell wood applique. It was the perfect size.
I spray painted it white with the same color I used on the hardware. I used wood glue to attach it to the drawer.
To make sure the applique wouldn’t fall off I used my Ryobi Brad Nailer and shot a nail into each end of the applique. Only problem is I forget how delicate those pieces are and part of the curlicue on the left side chipped off when I used the nailer. Always something to deal with.
I didn’t have another applique to fit in that space. I pulled out the wood putty and reconstructed the missing bit. Once the putty was dry I sanded all the rough edges and tried to make it match the other side in size and shape.
I spray painted and faux distressed the edges…..because I distressed the rest of the scallop shell. For the faux distressing I used black paint and just barely brushed it onto the edge. It looked pretty good after I finished with it.
That wasn’t the end of my issues though. The hardware I picked out to replace the old wood pulls wouldn’t fit into the holes. The drawer pulls were the kind where the screw part sets down into the hole. All I really had to do was drill the original holes a tad bigger. Easy fix.
It's easy to distress painted furniture. You can do it by hand with a piece of sandpaper or use a power sander. Really depends on the finished look you are going for.
I distressed the paint using my Ryobi battery powered mouse sander and 120 grit sandpaper. My plan was to reveal the white paint and not go all the way down to bare wood. You can see how I used the sander in the video I made below.
How To Layer and Distress Latex Paint
Distressed Layered Latex Paint
Once the paint on the whole chest was distressed it needed waxing. The sander took off the paint sheen and made the paint look dull. I used Howard’s Wax in Neutral (clear).
Did I accomplish my goal of recreating the inspiration look? Not entirely. I believe the Very Berry is a bit dark. I like the color but it’s darker than the look I was going for. Next time I use the Very Berry I’m adding a bit of white to lighten it up.
Take a look at my custom mix master bedroom furniture color and dresser makeover here.
If I like the color I will take a sample to Home Depot and have them mix the special paint color for me. I did that with the Petticoat Junktion Red.
What do you guys think of the project? Did you watch the video? Did you notice how I rocked the sander on the edges to reveal the white paint? I also pressed down hard with the edge of the sander on the flat places to remove the fuchsia color. Leave me a note.
As always thanks for being here, Kathy