Check out this post by Heidi from Lily Field Furniture to find out the color recipe she used to make this stunning coral!
This has to be hands down one of my most favorite projects to date! Even after 6 years of painting I never stop being amazed at the power of paint. Color is such a cheap, easy way to transform a piece of outdated furniture!
I bought this dresser on craigslist and it has sat in my garage for months serving as my tool shelf. I kind of forgot about it until this week when I decided to paint something of my own. While I absolutely love doing custom projects, sometimes I need a break and a chance to just see my own vision through on a piece. This dresser was the perfect candidate!
It was a mess to start with! There was some weird hardware that was half broken and just weird. It didn't match the era of the dresser and was throwing me off. Some of the trim was missing so I ended up pulling it all of. After a lot of wood filler and some good sanding I was ready to go. For this particular dresser I knew bleed through was going to be an issue. I prepped the dresser with several coats of Shellac Primer. For the color, I decided to be adventurous and mix my own. I wanted a peach coral that was just a tad darker than Country Chic Sweet Dreams.
I mixed 1 pint of Sweet Dreams to 4 oz Full Bloom for this shade. About a 1 to 3 ratio. After mizing really well to blend this was the result.
After the paint dried I went ahead and heavily distressed the entire dresser with a 120 grit sandpaper. I wanted a super chippy finish and wanted the uneven color shading you see in the pictures. If you prefer a more even, clean finish be sure to use a fine grit sandpaper. After distressing I sealed with a few coats of Tough Coat to seal.
I also went ahead and painted a headboard to go with the dresser as I was so in love with the color. What do you think? Try out mixing some colors- it's so fun and you never know if you are creating your next favorite go to color!
Hello! My name is Heidi and I am the face behind Lily Field Furniture. I spend my days being a wife and mom and my late nights in the garage painting away! I absolutely love the job that I have and have so much fun with the process of thrifting and then refinishing furniture in a creative way. It's so rewarding to see the amazing transformation that just a little paint can make!