I don't know how some of you are going to feel about today's makeover. This heavily distressed white furniture piece is a bit over the top. Most of my painted furniture pieces are distressed but not as heavily as this one.
The dresser I have for you today had been painted in the past, at least once. The brown color was definitely drab. The knobs and drawer pulls were not original to the piece either.
I loved all the curves and the door and the legs and everything. The detailed trim between the top drawer and the bottom part of the dresser was the selling point.
I had the paint plan for the dresser, but I wasn't sure it was the right plan. I start working on a piece and before it’s finished, I’m having second and third thoughts….not sure of the color, not sure of the technique, not sure of the hardware, etc.
And when the piece is finished, it might look ok, or it might look good, or it might look like crap, or it might look great (to me). This is one of the great ones. One never to be forgotten. I really like the paint finish. It seems perfect for this vintage dresser I picked up at the Nashville Flea Market. I love the flea market. It's my favorite thing to do in Nashville.
I had to fill holes in the drawers. There were four holes in each drawer for pulls! Why in the world? I take it there had been a few hardware changes over the years. Those pulls on the two bottom drawers were not original.
For the paint, I chose a barely off-white paint from my paint stash and brushed on a light coat, not worrying about covering the piece completely. Then I used my power sander to sand off a lot of the paint.
I decided on a single knob for each drawer, and I picked up these colorful knobs at Hobby Lobby. I bought two large turquoise knobs and two smaller turquoise knobs for the top drawer.
I put the knobs on, and the small ones just blended in. I was in a hurry to take photos and get this post out so I made another flying trip to Hobby Lobby (good thing it’s only 10 minutes away) for two more of the large knobs.
I think the two trips were definitely worth it. I asked the JTS what he thought of the knobs, and he said, and I quote, “They make a statement.” He’s learning (insert smiley face)!
All of the missing veneer and the rough edges made the dresser the perfect candidate for distressing. The painting, drying time, and distressing took all of 3 hours.
So what do you think of the heavily distressed white furniture makeover? Too over-the-top for you? I know this look isn't for everyone. Be honest in your comments, but be kind. What about those “statement knobs”? If you like mildly distressed furniture and a white antique look that is similar to popular pieces at furniture stores, you will love this dresser/sideboard......
This is one of my newest and favorite makeovers. Find the tutorial here.....Antiqued Paint Finish Tops Vintage Buffet For The Win
If you like distressed furniture, you will love this post..... 10 BOLDLY DISTRESSED FURNITURE PROJECTS
Thanks for being here, and have a great day, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com