Distressed Harlequin Dresser makeover - Lynn Fern

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 ~


25 comments

  1. Nice job! It must be great knowing that you can take an old piece of furniture and make it look fabulous! Great eye for detail!

    Kelly
    www.alovelylifeindeed.com

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  2. It looks great Lynn!
    Love how the harlequin updates the whole thing!
    Hugs,
    Kairn

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  3. I love what you did with this! My husband recently redid a desk and now he has "the bug".

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  4. Such a pretty finish. It's amazing what a little TLC can do.

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    1. Thank you Jazmine!! I agree sometimes a little TLC can make a major impact!

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  5. I really like it Lynn. The top gleams and the metal wax is so cool. The original detail on this dresser is great and your design enhanced it beautifully. Lovely job!

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    1. Aw Ali thank you! I love the way the metallic wax makes detail pop!

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  6. Stunning pattern! Such a great statement piece....

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  7. Lynn, I love this look - it is so cute. You always turn out such fabulous pieces. Cathy

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    1. Thank you Melissa! This is by far one of my favorite patterns at the moment :)

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  9. Wow, what a completely different look! Well done... :-) I keep saying this to everyone who posts painted furniture, but I am so inspired to try it. On my list for the new year, for sure!

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    1. Thanks Lory. You should definitely give it a try..it's fun to watch a piece take change!

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  10. G'day Very creative!! Thanks for sharing at our #SayGdayParty Pinned
    Please revisit (if you haven't already); comments and shares always welcomed as well as visiting someone else at the party
    Cheers! Joanne What's On The List?

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  11. This looks so perfect! Beautiful! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being a part of our party. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. It wouldn’t be a party without you!
    Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

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  12. This dresser turned out so great! Now, I just have to figure out how to get loads of furniture dropped off at my house! Thanks for sharing on Show Me Saturday!

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