Do you have old, chunky, retro pieces lying around that you just don't know what to do with? Don't throw them away yet! Read on to see how DeDe from Designed Decor turned two detailed dressers into a beautiful, functional media center!
I love taking a less than loved furniture piece and turning it into something you will love for a long time. This is exactly what happened to these two chunky ornate dresser pieces.
I wasn't quite sure how I was going to paint these dressers with all the chunky drawer fronts. They sat on my "To Do" list for months after purchasing. I finally decided they needed to get out of my garage to make space for other pieces and I could not paint those other pieces until these 2 big pieces were done.
After discovering that the drawer fronts were plastic, I knew I was going to remove the plastic pieces to see what I was left with. Plain front drawers were better to work with than the chunky plastic fronts. I then decided that I could turn these into media centers and they would have a dual purpose instead of just dressers.
After removing the top drawer sections from each piece and creating shelves to place media components or baskets, I added some details to the front of the drawers by using stencils and embossing crème. This gave the plain front drawers a classy sophisticated look.
Now all the fun begins, bringing the media centers alive with Country Chic Paint. I started by spraying on Vanilla Frosting as my base layer. Yes, did you know you can use Country Chic Paint in a sprayer. You need to dilute your paint slightly according to the paint sprayer manufacturer directions. I diluted mine to be 10 parts paint to 1 part water.
Next I sealed with Country Chic Paint's tough coat. Now the magic happens. I decided to use a washing technique for the top layer. I used Country Chic Paint in the color liquorice. I diluted the paint to equal parts paint to water. I brushed on the paint and wiped off with a lint free cloth, working in small sections.
I love how the media centers came alive with the paint washing technique.
With a little imagination you can turn an old ugly dresser into a purposeful yet beautiful piece of furniture.
DeDe is a wife, mother and artist who loves to create, repurpose and decorate. I am a self-taught artist and decorator, who finds inspiration from my life experiences. On my blog, you will find stories about my handmade items, decorating, baking, organizing, home projects and just plain living. I truly love what I do and I love to share my creativity and passions with those around me. I can see an old thrown away item and find a new and useful purpose.