Ok so let me start by saying I am in love with this dresser. I found this at a local thrift store and there was no way I was leaving without it. I had pictured something this style for our dining room buffet. I’ve been really drawn to this style of furniture that ‘floats’ off the ground. In a house our size I think it helps to keep furniture from ‘sitting’ on the floor so it doesn’t start to look heavy or cramped.
Interestingly enough I really liked the finish. If it were for our dining room which is painted a pale beige (shelter cove: behr) I might have considered leaving it as is. However I planned on putting it in our back bedroom which is already painted a dark brown (morrocan brown: sherwin williams). After some thought I knew what I wanted to do, but like most everything I do it wasn’t going to be easy!
I pictured an almond color with pale greyish blue zebra stripes. Hmm now how was I going to do that? I checked online and Michaels for zebra stencils until I decided to create the stripes by hand. I drew the pattern on sticker paper that I found at Staples . When I realized how time intensive this project was going to be I decided to only do the top in zebra print.
The first step was to remove all the hardware, legs and sand the entire dresser. Then I painted it my base color (Rhino: Behr). I did about three coats, let it dry completely and then started on the top. In order to do the top I had to cover the rest of the dresser in plastic to avoid over spray. I peeled off all the pre drawn stickers, stuck them to the top and sprayed the top in a high gloss almond spray. I also sprayed the legs and hardware a matching metalic silver. To finish it all off and make sure it was sealed I added a min wax poly seal.
This looks so much better in our guest bedroom than our old furniture! I love this dresser because of it’s youthful retro 60’s feel. What do you think?
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