The combination of Rustoleum metallic gold spray paint and glossy white paint is a winner….clean and classy.
When you see how I used the gold spray paint I think you’ll be impressed. I know I am. I’m patting myself on the back and eating a piece of chocolate.
How about those leg?? All dressed up. You don’t have to go crazy with metallic paint. Just a bit can have a big impact.
This furniture makeover is the total opposite of the last one. No rough veneer, no distressed paint, no vintage feel. I know some of you are happy about that.
This is how the chest of drawers looked before the makeover. It’s a really cheap mid-century modern imitation. I paid $40 for it at a local indoor flea market. The same place I got the vintage chest.
My plan was to remove the original knobs and pulls and find new knobs after the paint makeover. More on that later.
After some thought I decided to go with glossy white paint. The paint I selected for the top coat is white semi-gloss paint left over from a past home paint project. But first I wanted to apply a coat of primer.
I only applied one coat of primer. The primer just provides a nice base for the top coat.
I wanted you guys to see the inside of the chest. See the thin drawer glides on the sides and there are no cross pieces on the front between each drawer. Not the highest quality furniture although it is real wood.
The semi-gloss paint was leaving a lot of brush marks so as I do sometimes I did my own thing. I worked with what I had and figured out the best way to lessen the brush marks.
I was out of small sponge rollers so no rolling. I used my brush to put paint globs (technical term) on the dresser.
Then I used my paint edger to smooth out the paint. Genius huh! Usually you dip the edger in the tray of paint and then apply the paint to the surface but I couldn’t fit the edger in the paint bowl.
After my workaround the brush marks were still noticeable but not much. You guys know that flat paint is the best for not showing brush marks, right. If you didn’t before you know now.
The semi-gloss paint I used besides being semi-gloss was old. I finally thinned it some with water.
Moving on to the Rustoleum gold metallic spray paint. In order to give this piece a modern look I did away with the original hardware. I looked through my knob stash but didn’t see anything I liked.
I always have wood knobs so I found 8 the same size and spray painted them with the Rust-Oleum metallic gold paint.
But I didn’t stop there. The legs got a coat of gold paint (here on Amazon) too. I turned the chest upside down to make the job easier.
How do you like the gold knobs vs the original hardware? I think painting the legs gold gave the chest a balanced look since the two knobs on the top drawer set wide.
Most of the time I don’t care for the two knob look in place of one drawer pull but sometimes it works.
It all lines up so nicely. Am I the only one who likes this look? You can be totally honest with your opinion as long as you are thoughtful and tactful in your reply. Don’t worry about hurting my feelings. I’m tough….and I do like hearing your views.
You guys have a great day and I’ll see you later this week, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen (Petticoat Junktion)
Kathy is the founder of PetticoatJunktion.com, a home décor blog focused on repurposing and upcycling furniture, old hardware, rusty stuff, and thrifty finds into unique home décor. Kathy’s projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Read more about Kathy here.
Excellent choice of colors and design! You always do such beautiful work, Kathy!
OMG. That is Gorgeous! Absolutely love that. Reminds me of the o9lder furniture pieces that my parents used to have. I do have a ?.
Did you not have to put on a wax sealer or other sealer on your completed project for extra protection?
I'm not a fan of most mid-century modern furniture but for someone who is what you did with this dresser gave it a great sophisticated modern look. It is all clean lines with the spiffy gold knobs and legs which just really give it a spare elegance that will definitely appeal to someone who is into MCM style. It is SO much more striking than before you worked on it, Kathy. You have a great talent for transforming hum-drum to "hot". If you are selling it I think someone will snap it up quickly.
Oh Naomi! Thank you so much. You made my day. Please keep reading and leaving comments.
Linda C Johnston
I love this look! You motivated me to use two knobs instead of one pull. Thanks for the push!!! lol Really great job.
Go for it girl!
I really like the look. I had to replace a broken handle on my dresser with two knobs. Really like the look.
Beautiful job! I love the two knobs side by side. I had never seen that before.
Thanks Gloria. I've done it once before but I can't find it, lol.
Just stellar! I really like this. Very simple, sophisticated.
I love the gold as soon as I saw it but the image that flashed in my mind was that of a distressed navy blue. I think it would also have looked amazing with the gold. Although navy is a bit more specific use then white is. Either way, gorgeous piece!
Thanks Camilla! I think navy and gold look fabulous together. Maybe on another piece. Thanks for the idea.
So cute and simple. I love it!
Thank you Denise.