DIY distressed dresser

DIY distressed dresser

I’ve had this dresser since I was a child. It was my dad’s when he was a kid too! It’s an “antique” so to speak :)
 
In my previous house, it was actually in the closet, so nobody saw it and I could quietly tuck it away behind the doors. In my new place, it’s almost a focus of the room as it houses my TV and sits directly across from the bed.
I knew I wanted to re-finish it, and couldn’t wait to try out the “rustic” technique!
After laying down a drop cloth & sanding down the existing finishes, I got to work!
I used an “antique finish” white paint. I didn’t bother putting a primer on because I wanted the wood color to show through a bit.
This is after the first coat of paint. I just used a standard paint brush for the sides, top, and drawers. I wanted it to give off the effect that the paint was in the grain of the wood. I used a small foam brush for the corners and creases.
And this is after two coats…slowly but surely getting there!
And here’s the finished product! I plan on swapping out the handles or even spray painting them gold. It definitely needs a little color or shine!
 
And a quick photo of my new lucite tray :) 
I’ll post new pics once I update the hardware too!
-S

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