You may have seen this dresser in this post, where I shared some of the unfinished projects that are waiting to be reinvented. My dad went and picked it up for me last week.
Antique or older dressers have style and character that you rarely find in newer pieces. When they are freshened up with new paint, it brings them into the current era without getting rid of the style that makes them unique. For this dresser I used a grey to give it a new look.
I sanded the whole piece down, and gave it two coats of Sherwin Williams Stone Mason. There was one spot on the top where a thin layer of wood was missing. It was not veneer, that was already gone. When I painted the top, that area bubbles, and I knew I had to figure something else out for the top.
Wallpaper? Wasn't going to go buy any. Wrapping paper? It would probably bubble. Map? (like I did on this dresser) The map and the map colors would not go with the style. I was at a standstill. The dresser sat for about a week, then my mom got some paintable wallpaper from goodwill. Problem solved!
The wallpaper was white to begin with, and has an embossed leaf pattern. Here is a piece of it before it was painted and on the dresser.
I cut the wallpaper and adhered it to the top of the dresser I let it dry overnight, then in the morning gave it two coats of paint. I made sure to paint in both directions so there was no white showing through.
What do you think of the wallpaper on top? I like the way it turned out and know I will be using paintable wallpaper again. Hopefully soon! There is still a good sized roll left :)
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