I fell in love with this distressed blue dresser from Pottery Barn Teen when it first hit the catalogue last year and new the look would be perfect in my master bedroom.
I have two entire bedroom suits of Queen Anne furniture that's just not my style and are prime for reporpusing.
I already painted the long dresser white for BabyGirl's Nursery and was thrilled with the result so I thought the tall dresser deserved a makeover too
Here's the gist of what I did
move dresser outside and take drawers out
lightly sand using an electric sander.
The more you sand the better, but I just did it lightly to get all the shellac finish and wax off because I'm not that strong and my arms started hurting before I got off the dark stain
paint the entire thing using a pretty medium thick coat
Not exactly dry brushed but not globbed on either
drink a glass of wine while it's drying
You'll find you actually have time for more than one glass but I wouldn't suggest it as it may interfere with the next several steps
take a piece of sand paper and with a very light hand rough up your paint job a bit
It's especially nice to remove all the paint in the corners or crevices
Go ahead and pour another glass to enjoy during the next step
Using a lint free white cloth (you can buy them at Home Depot or Lowe's in the painting section) dip into a can of briwax in dark walnut
Working in one section at a time, wipe the corners and crevices with wax
then wipe the rest of your section following with the grain of the wood
take a second rag and wipe away any excess.
Continue with this method until you've finished the entire piece
I find it easiest to work from the top down and to do each of the drawers while they're still free standing
Finish that bottle of wine while it's drying
I actually forgot to upload the before pictures of the dresser and nightstand I painted so I just substituted pictures of the combo that I haven't painted yet to give you the idea