Distressed Dresser

I tend to have a more modern clean lines taste, but lately I have really started liking more rustic pieces that look like they have a story (pretty much anything with a distressed look). I really wanted a new dresser for our bed room and I found one on craigslist for only $30, but of course it was UGLY! (and ignore my dirty garage).Luckily for me the exact same day I found this on craigslist I found a website called 551 East Furniture Design: from ugly ducklings to beautiful swans. Julia had just posted her Rustic Orange Dresser and I fell in love with it. I e-mailed her and she so sweetly e-mailed me back with instructions on how to do what she did. With her advice I set out to try my first piece of distressed furniture. I started by painted the dresser Marmalade Glaze Behr paint by Home Depot .

It was a little scary at first because it seemed like a very bright orange, but the distressing definitely toned it down. Then I waited a very long week to start the next process! Julia told me that if you do not wait a week the paint it will gum up when you go to distress it. After the long wait I look sandpaper and attacked the dressed. I have to admit that I was a little worried at first. Here I was destroying the paint I just put on, but as I went I started to have a lot of fun trying to decide where to distress. Then I took a dark stain and a small paintbrush and went to work filling in all the “cracks” I had made. I did not want a lot of the dark stain on the orange paint so it did take a little while trying to get all the distressed areas without getting the area around it. I love how it turned out! And I love how it looks in my bedroom. The only thing I do not love it the hardware. Its a little too shiny for the distressed look but I am hoping they dull over time….or I find a good way to distress them too.

The top right corner of the top drawer is my favorite spot on the whole dresser! With paint, sandpaper, stain and hardware I spent about $35, so with the $30 we spent on the dresser the whole thing cost $65. Not bad if I say so myself.

Now I am excited to start decorating the wall above the dresser! (And I love the metal fan that my Mom just got me for my Birthday, thanks Mom)


3 thoughts on “Distressed Dresser

  1. Pingback: Gray Antique Dresser | JoshandMiriam.com

  2. Hello. This dresser is so beautiful. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking to do with my first distressed dresser project. Just wondering if you would share the process for this piece.

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