*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HomeRight.
Here is what it looked like before.
A short time before agreeing to do the makeover the good folks at HomeRight generously sent me a Finish Max Pro Sprayer in exchange for a product review. I knew this dresser would be a perfect project to play with my new sprayer. Oh my, and I'm not just saying this because HomeRight is sponsoring this post, I genuinely fell in love with this machine!
Guys I am all thumbs when it comes to anything mechanical. I'm the kinda gal who tosses instruction manuals off to the side and dives right in. It's only after a lot of frustration and colorful language that I'll give in and refer to a manual. This baby is so user friendly I only referred to the manual after assembly to make sure all systems were a go.
Sanding to the bare wood was not an option but I wanted to achieve a stained look on the exterior of the dresser. I remembered Homestead House carried a Milk Paint Stain and so I ordered a bag in Sherwood Brown.
That's where the Finish Max Pro sprayer came in. I prepared the milk stain according to the package directions and added some bonding agent to help the stain adhere to the old paint. Yes, you can use milk paint with this sprayer but it must be strained first to avoid lumps plugging up the machine. Worked like a charm and took me a third of the time it normally does using a brush. The finish? Smooth as a baby's bottom!
I got excellent coverage after only two coats, however, I wasn't 100% happy with the color as it had purple undertones and I wanted more of a dark walnut color.
I had also ordered the milk stain in Provincial Walnut and decided to give that a whirl and that's when panic ensued. Too light, now what? Before the milk stain had a chance to dry I took a slightly damp brush and moved the stain in an up and down motion to reveal some of the Sherwood Brown underneath. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it started to take on the look of wood. Happy Dance!
Still not the color I was going for though. So I started thinking because it had multiple layers of milk stain perhaps it would be porous enough for Minwax stain to absorb it. Using a foam brush I tried a coat of Dark Walnut and *more happy dancing* it worked. You'd be hard pressed to tell that wasn't natural stained wood!
Now onto the drawers. Mr. Frugalista removed the wood pulls but I told him to hold tight on the trio of diamond blocks on the top drawer.
I painted all four drawers with chalkpaint in Old White. Using a mouse sander I removed the paint on the diamonds and stained them to match the dresser.
After spending time on Pinterest my future daughter-in-law *wink again* decided she wanted a cartography theme. I found these awesome rolls of map decoupage paper at Michaels.
Using thinned Modge Podge I attached the maps to the bottom three drawer fronts.
I had a roll of vinyl wallpaper leftover from another project and used it to line the inside of each drawer.
Next using my awesome Finish Max Pro Sprayer, I protected the entire dresser with two coats of water based Tough Coat. I was so impressed with how streak free and smooth the tough coat went on that I will never apply it with a brush again!
To age the maps I applied a coat of dark wax and wiped off the excess. But then the top drawer was looking too stark so I applied dark wax on it too.
I painted the legs in Old White chalk paint as well as dark wax. I then brushed two coats of Blackened Bronze Metallic Surfacer to the metal feet.
I'm so pleased with how this dresser turned out. It's one of my proudest makeovers so far!
Having had so much fun with the Finish Max Pro Sprayer I decided to give the Air Blowing Nozzle a try.
Keeping it real guys...there was a smorgasbord between the keys of my laptop. What can I say, I'm a blogger and we pretty much live at our computers. All clean now!
Thank you so much to the good folks at HomeRight - this little sprayer has rocked my world! So many projects, so little time.
Oh and did I mention that the Finish Max Pro is so easy to clean? I can't say enough about my new sprayer. All opinions in this product review are 100% my own. I only share items on my blog that I believe in and think will bring value to my readers.
I hope I captured the vision Miss B had for her MCM Dresser. We'll soon find out!
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