An old dresser is painted and then distressed with a gradual effect that resembles balayage coloring.
Today’s furniture redesign is inspired by a media console design at Thirty Eight Street. She used the balayage hair coloring technique to inspire her to create a gradual change in coloring with her console. After seeing, and completely loving her design, I decided to give it a whirl with a piece that I had sitting in my garage.
This small dresser is all things beautiful with carved details, casters, and working drawers. So I dug through my chalk paint stash and decided to use a light blue color of chalk paint by Annie Sloan.
The first coat of paint was a light layer, and I allowed it to dry before working on the second coat. For the second coat of paint, I focused on the top third of the dresser, applying an even coat of paint to cover the entire surface section. The bottom two-thirds of the dresser I used a dry brushing technique.
Dry brushing – To dry brush dip your brush into the paint and then wipe off the paint on the side of the can. Then brush paint on the furniture. It will appear thin and uneven. Repeat until you have reached the desired level of coverage.
From this point on I did the rest of the work with sanding.
- Begin with a piece of furniture that is evenly covered on the top third, the bottom two-thirds will be more of an uneven and even streaky covering.
- Work from the bottom of the furniture on up. For the bottom section I used an electric sander to remove large sections of paint and to smooth out edges.
- Continue to sand large areas of the furniture, working your way up through the bottom third of the furniture.
- For the middle section use the electric sander in a few sparse areas, making sure it is heavier along the bottom.
- Even things out with a sanding block. I focused on the legs first, getting into the details, and evening out the sanding. Next, I worked on evening out the larger sections in the bottom two-thirds, smoothing the finish. To finish I used the sanding block to rough up a few spots along the top of the piece.
The final result is a piece of furniture that starts off with only slight distressing and ends with heavy distressing. A gradual change in coloring, like balayage coloring.
What are your thoughts on the distressing? I normally stay away from extreme distressing, but this just might cause me to pull out the sander more often.