Here is my husband’s grandmothers little dresser. All fancy schmancy like.
Lots of dust, grime and chippy bits that are NOT in a good shabby chic way. So how to update it, without just painting it top to bottom? Lika this! (and no, that is not a pot plant you see beside it so never mind even wondering for a second.)
Tape off the shape you want, and paint, paint, paint until you’ve disguised the chips or scratches, (or both). I used the last of my Pocket Watch by Ralph Lauren purchased at the Home Depot. I painted the negative space, leaving the handles that get handled (ha) still the pretty wood. I thought the wood could take the manhandling better than the painted finish, even though I gave the painted parts a good minwax rub.
I painted it first with the drawers in place, then removed the drawers, painted the edges and smoothed out the bits that bled under the tape.
I did a little reverse on the top for fun. Because you know I’m all about the fun….a couple of hours total and I’ve got a new look to a sentimental piece.
Since the rest of the bedroom is light and beachy feeling, the dresser felt too heavy in just the wood finish. Had it not been chipped and scratched and faded in spots I probably wouldn’t have painted it…okay, I would have still done so, but now it was done with a clear conscience!
FYI – Artwork of Sophia Loren from Ikea (“storing” for my middle daughter) and the Paris street scene is from my fave thrift store.
So yes, or no to the painted wood?