When refinishing furniture, don’t be afraid to tackle a bold and bright colored piece. Although it may seem like a daunting task, turning a bold color into something more neutral, like this white dresser makeover, is actually quite simple if you are willing to spend some time removing the previous finish.
DIY White Dresser Makeover
The bright and bold RED color covering it. Yikes! Going white over red can be quite the task, but it can be done with patience. Lots and lots of patience.
After many hours of sanding and stripping we were able to get most of the red off. This process definitely takes more time, but because the color was so bold I knew I couldn’t just slap on the white without removing the majority of red paint first.
After removing the red, I painted this dresser with Benjamin Moore’s White Dove. Then, I used a water-based brown glaze, which I watered down even more to accent the distressed markings. I wanted the glaze to be light, but help show off the character of this piece. My last step was to seal it with a Poly Acrylic in Satin.
A glaze or wax is always a fun combination to try if you have any carved designs in the wood or distress markings on the furniture. I love this wax here that I have used for my own furniture. The details and the fun curves of this dresser make is such a fun piece!
Changing out the hardware is another way to update the piece or to change up the style. Rustic knobs would have made this more vintage, but I like the clean and polished silver look on this white dresser makeover.