We're thrilled to share Melissa's first project with you! She blogs at While it Rains and she's one of our 2014 Blog Squad members. She transformed two unpainted IKEA pine dressers into these beautiful statement pieces.
I had just wrapped up a little tufted headboard DIY on my blog when I started daydreaming about bed side tables. I had let our master bedroom take a back burner long enough and there was no time like the presence to jump right in. I instantly started seeing visions of Union Jack pieces that I had pinned months ago and started stalking craigslist nightly - But nothing was speaking to me, or seemed to be the right price or size. I even bought a set then quickly dismissed them as a possibility. Then I discovered the Ikea Rast small dresser - 100% customizable in untreated pine and at a great price of $35. Sold!
I knew I wanted to incorporate stain. I have been obsessed with the two tone look of stain and chalk paint for a bit now. My husband took on the task of staining all of the perimeter pieces of the dresser for me while I threw two coats of Midnight Sky on the drawer fronts - wow what a gorgeous deep blue! When that was fully dry the next morning I mapped out my Union Jack.
After studying several similar furniture make-overs I decided the best plan of attack was to wing it. Using a ruler to still make sure my lines were straight I didn't worry too much about perfect spacing. My best advice though is pay attention to the diagonal lines coming in, they don't hit right in the center and I am glad I caught that before I finalized my taping.
After a little Exacto knife trimming to make sure the tape was right I put on a messy coat of Simplicity - messy meaning, since I was wanting a distressed look I didn't worry about it covering perfectly - I wanted a lot of blue to come through! After about and hour I used a wet rag to pull off just a little more white for a distressed look. So much better then sanding!
When that had dried later in the day I taped off my final smaller lines and put on two coats of Devotion, again not worrying about it being perfect. Then after an hour I wiped with my wet rag again getting the perfect worn places that brought out all the layers at once. When everything was good and dry the next morning I ran a sander with very fine paper over the drawer tops for a smooth even finish. After a good wipe down I generously applied some antiquing wax all over the drawer fronts. This was a first for me and I was instantly in love with the result - It gave me the perfect weathered and edgy look that these pieces needed.
The wax was some of the best I had ever worked with. For my piece I applied a coat all over with the wax brush in a somewhat circular pattern and then buffed with a rag again in a circular patter. It seemed to dry quickly and left my night stands with the perfect finish.
I am so in love with the final result! It was easy to accomplish at a great price and will continue to be a beautiful statement piece in our room for a long time.
Hi! I'm Melissa and blog over at my little lifestyle blog While it Rains. Nothing gets me more excited about a DIY, just ask my husband - he'll tell you how wallpaper almost ended our marriage once. As a mama of four nap time is my furniture redo oasis and 2014 is all about stepping out of my comfort zone and turning goodwill finds into stunning pieces in my home.