This dresser is one of our most recent custom furniture painting projects. It was dropped off at our little store front in Santa Ana a couple weeks ago by a woman who was redecorating her daughters room. She chose the perfect pink for a sweet little girl. The color that we painted this dresser is called Gracious Rose, a Sherwin Williams color.
We did the usual scrub and sand before we sprayed the dresser with two coats of Sherwin Williams Multipurpose Primer. Because it was a deep green it took two coats to cover the old color.
Then we applied two coats of Gracious Rose in a semi-gloss finish. Because this dresser is going in a little girls room I recommend a semi-gloss to the client. Semi-gloss is more durable and easier to keep clean than flat or satin finishes.
The factory finish on this dresser was very old world. It had intentional brush strokes, runs, tiny pin holes and other imperfections that made it look perfectly old and worn. We decided to play up those “imperfections” by applying a dark stain in a few strategic areas on the dresser. The dark stain adds a bit of depth and contrast, which creates an aged patina.
To achieve that look we applied Dark Walnut stain, a product by Minwax, in the deep crevices that run up the front of the dresser on either side of the drawers, in the edges of the drawers, and in a few spots on the curvy, detailed base. Stain was applied lightly and quickly blended with a clean, dry cloth.
Last, but not least, we used gold leaf on the hardware to complete the rich, elegant look on this dresser. We used the gold leaf that comes in a squeezable tub and a craft brush to apply it.
Alchemy fine living is a creative business. My mom and I offer furniture painting services, simple upholstery, and custom slipcovers.
We have been painting furniture for clients for over a decade now. The two of us have been sewing our whole lives. We've sewn things like prom dresses and bathing suits, but back in 2008 we decided to focus our seamstress abilities on home decorative items; specifically custom made slipcovers.
I'm Deana, the author of this blog. My mom, Connie, taught me from a young age how to spot a deal at a flea market or a thrift shop. She could always spot the hidden potential of an old, worn out piece of furniture. I learned to sew when I was four years old and all through the years I helped my mom with DIY projects around the house.
In 2008 she & I turned our hobby into a business. We offer furniture painting, upholstery, and sewing services.