Trashy Tuesday – Country Style Dresser turned Industrial Chic
UPDATE! This post was originally posted in June 2012. This Free to Me Dresser is still going strong as my husband’s bedroom Dresser.
I originally used commercial (VERY STINKY) and toxic stain. Today, we have far better choices. I only use DIY Paint 100% Natural products. I have stained literally dozens of projects and I only use DIY Paint Dark & Decrepit. It is a water-based, 100% Natural stain and glaze that you can easily darken with more colorant, or make lighter just by adding water. The best part, you can apply DIY Dark & Decrepit directly over stained wood to make it darker.
Do you remember THIS POST, the one where I started stripping a “Free to Me” dresser, and thought I would have the whole project completed that day? This is what it was transformed into!
This is where we started. Country Style, all the way back to mid-1980’s
This dresser technically qualifies as “trash”. It was left behind years ago in a friend of a friend’s garage after the friend of the friend moved. One drawer had been painted green in an effort to transform it, then was abandoned and chalked up to the fact that it would always look like a Country Style dresser. I took the dresser and painted it white and cream, where it has faithfully served as a dresser in my bedroom for almost 7 years now.
Suffering husband and I are finally, FINALLY giving our bedroom a grown-up look. Being one that doesn’t like to throw out furniture. I “REDOUX” it, I wasn’t going to let this piece go without at least trying to give it another life.
I wanted to experiment a little with the finish, rustic, urban, and industrial. I wanted Industrial Chic. Here is what I did:
I stripped almost all the paint off but left some of it in the corners. I wanted the dresser to look like it had been around a long time. See the remnants of the paint in there?
After sanding the entire piece very smooth. I used 220 grit to get a nice surface, then I always finish with 320. This is the step that gives your furniture a velvety, smooth feel. I then used Minwax’s Prestain Wood Conditioner:
This time I did something different with the stain. I worked in sections, top, sides, then drawers. When I got to the drawers, I applied the stain, then wiped some of it off with a painter’s rag, and left some to soak into the wood a little longer. I did this because I wanted an uneven (Old look).
I had a lovely gift card to Anthropology for my birthday. I added these vintage-looking knobs. The dresser was finished, but I was waiting for the last perfect detail. These Vintage Casters I ordered online from Vintage Industrial I love how old they look! Perfect for an Industrial Chic Dresser.
The transformation was complete. When I look at this dresser, I don’t see Country Style anymore. I see a Country Style Dresser Turned Industrial Chic. Maybe an uber cool and hip grown-up would have it in their bedroom. Since I didn’t have an uber-hip and cool grown-up around, I moved it into our master bedroom.
It looks like it could have even been around when you took pictures with a camera that used film!
Can you believe THIS
Is it now THIS????
I am challenging myself to see if I can “Redoux” the entire room with existing pieces, or pieces I found for free. So far so good! If you missed my other “Le Junque” Redoux I added to my master, you can read about it HERE