We’re back for another month of the Furniture *Renew*Refresh*Restyle* Challenge, where I team up with some friends to bring you a new furniture upcycle project each month. I’ve also partnered with Cutting Edge Stencils to complete this project and I can’t wait to share their gorgeous new stencil with you all.
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I’ve had this old white dresser in my daughter’s room for over 10 years and it was (yawn) boring, broken and in much need of some love. Since I needed a new dresser in my bedroom, it was a win-win. Check out how I completed this Dresser Upcycle in a pretty French Blue.
Let’s meet the hosts:
For the coming month’s challenges, we’ve decided to go with a different theme each month and March is devoted to milk paint. I really wanted to go with a pretty blue for the front of this dresser, and milk paint was the perfect choice.
Here is what the dresser looked like Before. It was run down, dirty and broken.
I started by removing the knobs and drawer pulls.
Here is the pretty blue I chose. I also picked up the Bonding Primer & Sealer. I cannot stress this enough…. If you are painting a piece that has been previously painted or stained, you HAVE to apply this first. If you don’t, your milk paint will peel and flake right off and your project will look pretty crappy overall.
The bonding primer is clear and takes about an hour to dry before you can apply the milk paint.
Here is the dresser all painted in that pretty blue. I confess I did mix some white in with the blue just to tone it down a bit.
I then applied this gorgeous stencil to the front of the dresser. I was in love with this stencil the moment I saw it, and I couldn’t wait to use it. It’s the French Poem Allover Wall Stencil and I love the fact that this pretty French poem written in the 19th century is all about cherishing every moment. I’ve never used a stencil before and I can honestly say it was fairly easy. The instructions recommend doing a couple practice passes with the stencil and I absolutely agree. There is a bit of a learning curve, but as long as the stencil is tight to the surface you are painting, it’s easy. I love this stencil so much that I’m going to be doing another project with it, and making some over-sized wall art.
Here is the completed Upcycled Dresser in French Blue. I love how it has been raised up with the addition of the legs at the bottom.
Please have a look at the fun projects my blogging friends have been up to and to see how they transformed their pieces using milk paint:
Megan from C’Mon Get Crafty Coffee Table Makeover
Sue A Purdy Little House (You’re here)
Michelle from Michelle James Designs Accent Table Redesign
Michele from Shelstring Blog Two Tiered Hall Table
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See you next time my friends,