I recently found this hunk of a dresser during a window shopping afternoon with the family. At first glance, I didn’t think much of the lumbering piece of furniture, but the Fleur de lis pulls and graceful, long lines soon won me over. In planning what I could do to dress up this bold piece, I decided to take it back to its roots and go with a grey/blue paint. The original pulls were in great condition, so they stayed in the design plan.
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I chose Slate Grey by General Finishes to give the cabinet a completely different, yet . This is a great milk-like paint that wonderfully mimics the look and feel of old-world furniture paint. Since it acts more like an acrylic, it creates a low-luster sheen, and is durable enough that it doesn’t require a topcoat unless a higher sheen is sought after. It’s also so easy to apply and work with. You can use a bristle brush, foam brush, microfiber roller, or even spray it on.
After a long day of sanding and preparing, which can be a sometimes soothing activity, I decided to use the foam brush to get the best color coverage, and avoid brush strokes in the finish. With General Finishes, it’s best to wait 2 hours between layers. I found that 2 layers was the perfect coverage for this piece, and the entire project was done in one day. I would call it a very successful weekend, with my new favorite funky dresser of the week!