Balayage Dresser and Welcome Center

Also Included:

Quick Glaze How to!
Make a Chalkboard!
Stop Bleed Through!
Balayage/Ombre!

I love auctions, it used to be something we did every weekend and became our date night.  But life gets busy and priorities change. While I can’t always go with my honey, I can still buy online! This Victorian style dresser was a good buy even with it’s broken imperfections. I’m drawn to the broken pieces that your average antique dealer would pass up.

First Piece – The Mirror

Welcome Center – Check your hair, hang your hat, write a note.

Bold farmhouse inspired welcome center.

How To:

Clean

How to clean furniture for paintingWhile Shabby Paints doesn’t require sanding or priming it does require you do a thorough cleaning. So, get out your water/vinegar mixture and scrub every nook and cranny. Years of oil, dirt, dust and grease soak into wood and will prevent the perfect finish. Rinse with a clean wet rag.  (If it’s extra grimy add a few drops of original blue Dawn)

Now the unfun part is over….let the fun begin.

Paint

This beauty was painted with 2 coats of our new color Armour.  Yes it was that easy!

Protect

Matte or Satin VAX

Protection – Never Buff again!

Before glazing I highly recommend sealing with matte or satin VAX first. It makes glazing or aging with reVAX so much easier. It gives you more time to work and easier to erase mistakes. It also protects the entire piece. I applied one coat, all over with a cling on! brush.

Glaze

reVAX Complete-All in one

Age, Glaze, Protect and Stain with one product!

Apply reVAX, working in small sections, being sure to get it into the details, then wipe away with a damp rag (I use damp wash rags).

Chalkboard

This beautiful mirror had a heavy “broken” slab of marble in it.  It was ugly so no tears over finishing it off with a hammer.

To create the Chalkboard, I cut a piece of Luan to fit where the marble was and painted with Licorice. *Note-Any Shabby Paints colors left unsealed create a beautiful chalkboard.

When you season with chalk maybe you can use a larger piece of chalk than I did, unless you enjoy the sound of someone scratching a chalkboard ☹

Hooks

To finish the perfect little welcome center, pre-drill holes and attach cute little hooks. This way, you always have a place to hang your hat!

Second Piece-The Dresser

Blue Sky Sunset Inspired Balayage Dresser

I’m not sure what to call this dresser, it has been inspired by a lot of different techniques and styles. I rarely give myself permission to just go for what is in my heart but, I did with this one.  And let me say it was fun.  Let’s call this a Coastal Balayage dresser.

How to clean furniture for paintingClean

While Shabby Paints doesn’t require sanding or priming it does require a thorough cleaning. So, get out your water/vinegar mixture and scrub every nook and cranny. Years of oils, dirt, dust and grease soak into wood and will prevent the perfect finish. Rinse with a clean wet rag.  (If it’s extra grimy add a few drops of original blue Dawn)

The Top

I loved it in all its worn, damaged glory.  I did finally decide to apply a thin coat of Hazelnut reVAX with a VAX applicator sponge.

Paint

OH NOOO WE HAVE A BLEEDER!

BLEED THROUGH BLOCKING

First I applied a coat of Blessed Blue on the top half. This revealed a bleeder, yeap the tannins wanted to rear their ugly heads. I decided to stop, let what I have done dry and then apply two coats of VAX over the entire dresser to stop further bleed through.

Paint take 2

Now back to painting, two coats of Blessed Blue on the top half. Yay, no more bleeding!

Next I applied two coats of Indigo Sky on the bottom half and I feathered the Indigo Sky where it met the Blessed Blue.

Protect & Age

I applied a coat of Matte VAX using a VAX Applicator Sponge to protect.

I decided at the last minute to do a little aging with black reVAX around the edges and areas that would get the most use.

Rope Hardware

Hardware debacle….The original hardware was damaged and after a trip to Hobby Lobby I couldn’t find anything to fit or that honored this beauty.  Luckily posting in our support group is such a great way to get and share ideas. Thanks to member and Rescue Rep. Scottie of www.SavedbyScottie.com  for suggesting I use ropes for pulls. Wow what a time and money saver. Perfect!!

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