This once dark and dramatic dresser was given a fresh, bright new finish by Aubrey from Luscious & Lively with Elegance and Hemp Oil!

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Don’t get me wrong – there are days I adore dark and dramatic. But when my friend sent me this picture of the dresser she had bought online, it was all wrong for her room. The previous owner had painted all of it a high gloss black; they even painted over the metal hardware.

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I had a vision, but stripping black paint out of pine is no easy task! A sunburn and a few applications of stripper later and my friend and I agreed – leaving a bit of the black paint in the grain had given the exposed wood a barn wood feel.

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To contrast with the newly rustic wood, we painted the drawer details and the majority of the dresser body with Country Chic All-In-One Decor Paint in Elegance.

The colour popped and brightened everything up! Elegance is so versatile, and works with French Chic and Rustic styles, and everything in between.

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We sealed the exposed wood with two coats of Country Chic Hemp Oil. Trust me, this wood was thirsty after all that stripper! It really brought out the grain and colour of the wood, and will help to protect its new finish.

Bonus item: stripping the black paint off of the hardware revealed rusty patina under the paint. Delicious!

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Top tips for lightening up those dark furniture pieces:

  • Expect to do multiple stripping applications. Depending on the type of paint they used, it may take a while!
  • When stripping and sanding a soft wood like pine, be gentle. Scraping off paint too roughly can gouge the wood, leavings marks you can’t sand out!
  • Apply primer after stripping and sanding, and before painting – you don’t want any of that black bleeding through the gorgeous blue!

Aubrey {Luscious & Lively}

Luscious and Lively was borne of a desire to have a beautiful home that reflects my own personal style and creativity…without breaking the budget. A mix of home decor, DIY and delicious recipes, Luscious and Lively is a place where I can share my latest projects with anyone who wishes to drop by!

I live pretty close to the home base of Country Chic Paint, on beautiful Vancouver Island, British Columbia. My home is a cozy space shared with family, friends, and my high-needs dachshund, Kiely. I love to update it with refinished furniture, and one-of-a-kind finds from thrift stores and flea markets.

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