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Saturday, June 30, 2012

"Little Blue" The Details

Hello, hello!
Now that you've seen 'little blue' I thought I'd give you a run through on how he came to be.
I picked up this dresser last fall & it had been sitting in the shop since then. It had one of those fake vinyl-like tops so I wasn't too pumped about jumpin' on it. 
I had a request this May to do a replica of the pink harlequin dresser I did last winter. This sweet girl had purchased that along with a few other pieces of mine & wanted a blue one for her son. 
We agreed to use this 6-drawer beast  & I began the makeover.


This dresser was a heavy beast. It smelled, it had some sort of grease all over it, a few drawers were in need of repair, & someone had taken paint to the top in what can only be described as a torture session. Plus, the entire piece was covered in some awful, almond colored enamel paint that was chipping off.
Seriously?! Somebody thought that was 'painting?'

I don't know what it is, but I'm not waiting to find out

Needed some help
I never did get a picture of it all together before I started, but here is a shot with the drawers out & the legs off.
When I run out of shop space I place 2 pallets together, cover them with a tarp & it makes a nice work 'table' to keep things off the ground
I started by taking the latex paint off the shiny-plastic-like top. Yes, I used Windex. It's my go-to, cure-all, wonder cleaner of all time. Let me tell you, it worked!
As I started scraping the mess off, some markings began to appear.
No, this is not a sponsored post for Windex.
At this point I got kind of excited to see what I would uncover. Someones name? Old song lyrics? Alice loves johnny? I scraped a little faster as my curiosity got the best of me.
When I got everything off and this is what I saw. Really?! That's all?!
I don't know who geezy or the suave's are, but nice homage
I stripped everything completely down to wood & gave it a cleaning & sanding.
LOVE my scraper!!!

 It went from looking like this.......

To looking like this....
The top lip wasn't finished yet, but I was so excited by the results I started snapping!
I filled the old hardware holes with wood putty, sanded it smooth & at this point, realized I would need to get new drawer guides. They weren't broken...yet, but 4 of the 6 did have little fractures in them.
It's always safer to put new ones on so you can rest assured you're sending out a good, solid piece of furniture.
Once it was all clean it got primed, then sanded, painted, sanded, & wiped down one last time.
Yep, we totally paint after dark around these parts
Then the fun started.
I sketched out the harlequin pattern on top & filled it in with homemade chalk paint.
There are probably fortyelevenhundred ways to do this pattern, but if you want to see how I do mine you can click here.

Just get comfy & hit 'play' on your DVR cuz it'll take a hot minute to do this step
DONE!
Then it got sanded, the drawers were painted on the inside & I primed some metal knobs for the hardware.


Always use a primer especially made for metal, it DOES make a difference in durability
I was going for a fun, whimsical dresser just like the pink one, but with a few extra touches. I taped off 2 of the legs & painted them while I cut some small k's with my Cricut.
I applied the k's then painted over them. Before they were completely dry, I pulled them off.
I used my Rustoleum metallic paint in silver & painted the small metal parts of the legs.
I went over that with some watered down black paint which I applied then immediately dabbed off.
 It left just enough to look like a faux zinc.

Once that was all done, I used the leftover negative space from the vinyl k's on the knobs to monogram them & drilled new holes for the hardware. 
The entire outside of the dresser got a glazing & waxing.
 I used my fave Johnsons Paste Wax & gave it 4 coats.
This was for a little boy remember? It had to be scratch/climb/car/truck/anything proof. 
The legs got clear coated x 3. 
Finite!
Just a reminder for you from the last post.....

 Well, I'm off to go beat up a flag & put an armoire back together. 
See ya next time!

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