For a while I have wanted to find a dresser I could try a new technique on. Instead of painting the outside of the dresser and staining the drawers, I wanted to do the opposite. I searched craigslist for an antique dresser because I like the style and character they have. I found this one and knew it was perfect for the project. (Sorry, the pictures are not the best. I forgot to take before pictures so these are the ones from the craigslist post.)
I used a light green/blue color. I like to call it robin's egg green (since it is more green than blue). It is a VERY bright color, and on its own was a little too out there. I have seen (or read) or others doing a weathered/distressed look by putting stain over paint and just decided to go for it. I had never tried it before, I learned as I went... and it turned out alright!
First what I did was rub a dark walnut stain (I use Rustoleum's ultimate since it is water based and it is also the same stain I used on the body of the dresser) over the whole drawer. It looks way too dark at first and like you just ruined the drawer, but then I took a cotton rag (a sock with a hole in my case) and wiped it back off. If you don't cover the whole drawer with stain, it turns out striped. The stained helps the paint blend better with the whole piece. It toned down the bright color and added a grey tone to the drawer. To seal it I put a coat of polyurethane over the whole dresser, added the hardware and it was finished!
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