I recently discovered a Faux Wood Paint Tutorial that looks good AND is easy!
I loved the result so much, that I decided to use the same technique on my 15 year old dresser. It was dinged up and not real wood, but I really wanted a wood dresser in our recent master bedroom makeover. So, I pulled out the paint!
The dresser is so heavy that I decided to paint it in the bedroom. I added a drop cloth underneath and removed the hardware.
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I used Simple Green to clean off any grime and dirt before I painted.
I used chalk paint to achieve this look, and I began by painting the entire piece with white paint.
Once the white paint was dry, I used a dry brush method and added a dark gray. This gives the appearance of wood grain and dimension.
*If you are unfamiliar with the dry brush technique, click here to see the full tutorial!
I added one more layer of paint – a light gray. This helped tone down some of the areas I added too much dark gray to and added more dimension to my piece.
Once the paint was dry, I when over the entire dresser with a dark wax. I buffed with a lint-free cloth.
I share a more detailed tutorial on this painting technique here.
What do you think? I love the richer color for my new space!
Go paint something!