How to Create an Ombre Dresser in Guava By Benjamin Moore
Since, I am still working on refinishing a vintage desk this week, I thought I would share a painted furniture technique that I have tried many times in the past. You will see how I created a custom ombre look on a vintage dresser. Over the years, I have resurfaced several pieces of vintage furniture. This was one of my favorite projects to date. For the ombre effect, I like using color families of blue, gray or coral. For this project, my customer in Louisiana chose the the color Guava by Benjamin Moore.
Here is how the dresser looked before in green. It was super funky (yet charming?) but needed and update for the space. I look for sturdy wooden pieces without a lot of wear and tear, that are preferably light-weight for shipping.
For this project you will need:
1. Sanding: Sanding and removing extra paint, dents and scratches. I sand to remove any imperfections in the wood by starting with 120 medium grit sandpaper. Next, I fill-in dents with a wood filler before I prime the old surface.
2. Repairs: I had to repair the bottom of a damaged drawer by having new piece of masonite cut to fit and securing it with wood glue and my hand stapler.
3. Priming: I prime the dresser using white primer to cover the original green shade. I use a smooth 4" foam cabinet roller for priming and painting.
4. Color Mixing: Now, I am ready to mix the paint. I begin by painting the bottom drawer with the original (darkest shade). We chose Guava by BM in semi-gloss for the darkest shade. I use semi-gloss for almost all of my painted furniture pieces because it resists scratches and wipes down easily.
Below, you can see the process.
5. Color Mixing/Painting: You can see the colors lightest to darkest (at right). I hand-mix the peachy colors and by adding white paint. I always store excess paint for touch-ups later. I have painted several other ombre pieces and I always find color matching at a later time can be difficult.
6. Installing Hardware: Choose knobs that accent your space and add to the piece. I used small silver mercury glass knobs.
Here you can see the final look below! Later, I was commissioned to use this color scheme on a custom desk and changing table.
To my joy and surprise a design publication based in Germany ran a feature on this piece.
I hope you all have enjoyed hearing about how to paint an ombre dresser using interior paint! If you'd like to another example, check out this Ocean Ombre Nightstand in Blue Lagoon.
I'm currently loving this chic painted DIY nightstand video that I enjoyed by Orlando Soria and Emily Henderson. I would love to try this one out.
Are there any painted furniture pieces that you 'd like to try out soon? Please share!
HI, I'M HILARY.
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