These dark wood dressers are becoming a thing of the past since you can easily transform them with a coat of paint! We wanted to really brighten up the look of this one, Mod Mustard was our go to! With a little elbow grease and some paint, watch as we modernise its look in 3 simple steps!
Here's what you'll need for this project:
- Paint Stripping Gel (If required)
- Fusion TSP Alternative
- Mod Mustard Milk Paint by Fusion
- Staalmeester Flat Brush
- Staalmeester Round Brush
- 400 Grit Sandpaper
- Fusion Stain & Finishing Oil: Cappuccino
- Fusion Clear Wax
Our initial thought was just to scuff-sand all over with an orbital sander, but in doing so we realised that the original stain on the dresser was so thin that we decided it would not be much of an effort to just strip most of the dresser to the raw wood with stripping gel. After stripping furniture, there is always some gummy residue left so we cleaned off the residue with Fusion TSP Alternative and water.
After the prep was done, we mixed up a batch of Fusion Milk Paint in the colour “Mod Mustard”.
Milk Paint dries in about 20-30 minutes. At that point you can apply another coat as needed.
Three coats of paint were applied with our Staalmeester flat brush.
After the paint dried, we lightly sanded over the paint with a 400 grit sandpaper to knock down any bumps left from the powder. With dark colours, you have to be a bit more careful as sanding over the paint may leave white dots, if this happens, the Milk Paint just didn't have enough time to blend and dissolve before use. This is one of the beauties of this unique paint.
To learn how to get a smooth finish with Milk Paint by Fusion, check out our video
After sanding we decided to emphasise part of the moulding on the dresser with Fusion Stain & Finishing Oil (aka S&FO) in the colour “Cappuccino” which we thought would look great with the leather pulls we added.
Here's what we we're left with once everything was said and done!
This modern chic piece has been fully transformed with new pulls and a great piece of art behind it! What do you think of Mod Mustard? Will you try it in your home? Leave us a comment below and let us know what you think!