How to Perfectly Layer Paint and Distress Your Old Dresser


I can remember the day I saw Renfrew for the first time... 
Soon after a local shop decided to carry the line and I was THRILLED at the opportunity to try it!
This sweet Solid Maple piece would get a whole new look.  I was excited to play with the orange hues.. oddly enough.
First came the prep.  I cleaned with a scrubby pad and TSP. Then wiped down well with vinegar and water.
The first coat would be Fusion Mineral Paint in Homestead Blue.  (Forgive the picture quality-this was looong ago!) Contrary to what you may see, Homestead is a lovely muted grey blue!
After that I went on to do another coat of Renfrew Blue.
I wanted the piece to seem time worn.  As if it had been lovingly painted for one child and revived for another before being passed down along the years..
Because Fusion contains top coat I feel that may help when distressing to reveal layers,. maybe not but I loved the effect.. 
And I really liked how the tone of the wood played so nicely in contrast to the blue hues.. 
The knobs I decided would stay for this very reason..
I decided to take a little Laurentien and Renfrew to create a custom blend and applied that to the sides of the drawers.  (..if you want a little chuckle you can check out one of my MUCH earlier articles on how I lined the drawers.. I'll be updating that soon I hope! But you can see it HERE.)
I also decided to use a table cloth I found on clearance to line the drawers.. I just LOVED the pattern and how it played with the colors.. 
And there you have it,. Homestead, Renfrew, and a kiss of Laurentien.  I followed up by top coating with their Tough Coat then waxing everything in their Beeswax Finish.
Do you love it? I'd love to have this accent piece in my home.. Maybe one day! Until next time, thanks for joining me at That Sweet Tea Life!
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2 comments

  1. Such a great post and I LOVE how this came out!! Great layering and use of colour! Sharing!
    xSada

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  2. When you want some of all three colors to show when you distress, do you paint all three and distress once or distress each coat as you go along? My next project will be similar to this, starting with bare wood, but using OFMP. TIA. ❤

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