Off White paint works wonders on furniture. I used it to update a vintage oak dresser. The oak and the off white paint pair perfectly.
Last week at My Favorite Junk Shop I found a vintage oak dresser that’s perfect for this look. Finally, I’ve been looking for a while.
Here she dresser before makeover. Well almost before. The mirror was missing, so the Junktion Technical Specialist cut a piece of wood to replace the mirror. The JTS tends to do a lot of his work when I’m not around so I only have the after picture with the replacement wood. But it's an easy process. Just measure the opening and cut a piece of Luan to size then put it in place using a nail gun or staple gun.
This really is a simple project. I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil on the oak drawers. The hemp oil refreshes the original finish and gives it a nice sheen. I painted the casing of the dresser with Beyond Paint in off-white. The Beyond Paint is a primer-paint-sealer all in one. No sanding or additional priming needed. For the hardware I spray painted the original pieces with off white spray paint.
I had to tear myself away from the electric sander because I wanted just the slightest bit of distressing on the painted areas. Instead of the electric sander I used 100 grit sandpaper and distressed the painted areas by hand…… very, very lightly
When I had the JTS cut a board to replace the mirror I had in mind to make a chalkboard. I used Rustoleum Chalkboard paint in black for the "mirror" area.
I wasn’t sure if it would look better with the mirror frame painted off white or left as is. I think I like it best like this. The original oak finish of the mirror frame ties in with the drawers rather nicely. But what do you think? Do you like the chalkboard as a replacement for the mirror? How do you feel about the two tone finish?
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