When we refloored and repainted our downstairs and switched over to a more beach cottage look I sanded this old blue dresser to distress it. I liked it, but something wasn’t quite right. I knew it didn’t look like other distressed furniture I had seen on decor blogs or while out shopping, but with my lack of furniture finishing experience I didn’t know what was missing.
Then I read on several blogs about adding a glaze over painted furniture and then finishing it with a paste wax finish. I know nothing about glazing, but I read on someone’s blog, (and if it’s yours please comment me so I can give you credit), that you can make a simple glaze with Burnt Umber acrylic craft paint thinned down with water. So, I hauled “old blue” out onto the deck, brushed on the watered down paint, wiped it off with paper towels, and repeated until I achieved the right look. When it was dry, I wiped on paste wax, and when that was dry, buffed it with a soft cotton sock. Now, I think “old blue” is perfectly imperfect!
My husband, who is normally pretty uninterested in decor and therefore frequently doesn’t notice changes, noticed the change in “Old Blue” right away. He said, “I really like it now!”…and so do I!
Elizabeth is right, the glaze and wax finish made it
Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.