I’m very inspired with Debbie’s(Refresh Restyle) latest refreshed project! She found the perfect size dresser for her guest bedroom and knew just what to do with it.


For the makeover, Debbie used a sander or sanding block. dust mask, stain (she used Kona) gloves, chalk based paint in two shades, your choice of a top coat for paint and stain – wax, varnish wipe on poly.


She sanded the top and the drawer fronts, until the old finish was off. She started sanding with 60 grit and finished with 120 grit sand paper and cleaned the dust and dirt off the piece. Wipe if off with a damp cloth, which serves two purposes. The wet cloth opens the wood grain so that it excepts the stain better. Use a lint free cloth to wipe on the stain. Don’t put it on too heavy, if you do, just wipe off excess. While the stain is drying, paint on the base color of paint.

In these photos you can see the two layers of paint and the original stained areas, after she sanded.

Debbie used Maison Blanche White for the base coat. When dry, paint Maison Blanche Creme de Menthe over the white.  She varnished next then used a sanding block to sand the painted areas to reveal the base coat and the old finish.  She wiped the painted area to remove the dust from the sanded area and applied the top coat.  Make sure each step is totally dry before moving to the next, so this may take a couple of days to complete.


The sanded areas look like the piece has aged over time.

And that’s how it’s done!  Great work, Debbie!  You are an inspiration!

Source: Dresser Makeover with Stain and Paint | Refresh Restyle