Distressed Harlequin Dresser makeover

I had a load of furniture dropped off for me to do something with...

harlequin pattern dresser

This dresser has been sitting in my basement for several months.  I was cleaning up downstairs & said to myself "ehh what the heck let me start on it"!!

harlequin pattern dresser

I had taken the drawers out a long time ago...... I mean this sweet thing has some wonderful bones!!

harlequin pattern dresser

 And, there they sat...waiting...waiting and waiting.  They were asking ever so kindly to be loved!

harlequin pattern dresser

I sanded down the top, which oh my goodness took me a lifetime!  But, I am glad I did.  I knew I wanted to add a stain to the top, but it was going to be gray so I needed to get to the original wood.

harlequin pattern dresser

I used a weathered gray from Minwax on the top.  Before I applied the stain, I did a really light white paint over the top, wiped it down, and then applied the gray stain.  It took a couple of coats, but in the end the Miniwax Weathered Gray was the exact look I was going for.

I painted the entire dresser in antique white.  Once it was dry I applied my cut out that I created using my Silhouette Cameo onto the drawers.

harlequin pattern dresser

I used some leftover paint I had called dark graphite on the harlequin pattern.  Once it was dry, I lightly sanded to create a distressed look.

harlequin pattern dresser

I really liked the original hardware & wanted to keep it.  So I spray painted it black.

harlequin pattern dresser

And, then once it was dry, I used a graphic metallic wax by CeCe Caldwell & applied it over all of the hardware.

harlequin pattern dresser

I added bit of the metallic wax to the bottom to bring out the design.  I then gave the top a wipe on poly for protection, and used a white wax over the entire dresser.

harlequin pattern dresser

harlequin pattern dresser

harlequin pattern dresser

harlequin pattern dresser

harlequin pattern dresser

harlequin pattern dresser

I really enjoy seeing the transformation of this dresser.  It turned out far better than I imagined!!

harlequin pattern dresser


With much love, peace & happiness ~


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