This beautiful, beachy dresser was refinished by Mary from Orphans With MakeUp with a little help from Elegance, Icicle, Cobblestone, Tough Coat, and some Roasted Chestnut embossing plaster. Come find out how she did it!

Hi,

It’s Mary from Orphans With MakeUp back to share my latest transformation. Lately, I’ve been preferring to layer my painted furniture instead of applying one straight color. It just gives a more timeworn look and more authentic to distressed furniture.

Here is what I did:

I stripped, stained and applied Tough Coat on the dresser top.

Beachy Embossed Dresser #diy #furniturepainting #paintedfurniture #homedecor #beachy #embossing - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

I then painted a base coat of a mix of Elegance & Icicle with a few drops of Cobblestone.

Beachy Embossed Dresser #diy #furniturepainting #paintedfurniture #homedecor #beachy #embossing - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

When that dried I painted a second, watered-down coat of just Icicle. I let the second coat dry and then sanded off in strategic areas to let the first colore show through, and some areas I sanded further to reveal the wood.

Beachy Embossed Dresser #diy #furniturepainting #paintedfurniture #homedecor #beachy #embossing - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

Beachy Embossed Dresser #diy #furniturepainting #paintedfurniture #homedecor #beachy #embossing - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

The effect is very subtle but you do see slight shade variances.

And you know how much I love using the Embossing Plaster! This dresser was a little plain and so I decided to stencil on some Embossing Plaster on just the top middle portion of the drawer. This little extra touch really makes it unique. I used Roasted Chestnut. After the Embossing Plaster dried, I painted the same two colours as the rest of the dresser and distressed it enough to show the stencil design.

Beachy Embossed Dresser #diy #furniturepainting #paintedfurniture #homedecor #beachy #embossing - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

The body of the dresser was sealed with Natural Wax and I replaced the plain wood knobs with new antique silver hardware.

Beachy Embossed Dresser #diy #furniturepainting #paintedfurniture #homedecor #beachy #embossing - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

BTW, this was your typical dresser with an attached mirror. I removed the mirror from the harp and hung the mirror separately. This allows more option in placement of the dresser and to me it’s a more updated look.

Beachy Embossed Dresser #diy #furniturepainting #paintedfurniture #homedecor #beachy #embossing - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

Beachy Embossed Dresser #diy #furniturepainting #paintedfurniture #homedecor #beachy #embossing - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

Here is the ‘BEFORE’ view.

Beachy Embossed Dresser #diy #furniturepainting #paintedfurniture #homedecor #beachy #embossing - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog


Mary Vitullo

Mary {Orphans With MakeUp}

My name is Mary Vitullo. I am a wife and mother to three {almost} grown boys. I am a blogger at Orphans With Makeup in Saint-Hubert, Québec, a suburb of Montreal. My furniture and thrifted finds are my little “Orphans” and my paint is the “Makeup”. I have always been passionate about home decor and can never seem to quench my thirst for it. My blog is mainly about repurposing vintage and antique furniture and styling the finished pieces to show them in their best light.

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