My Daughter’s Room Makeover – Metallic Blended Dresser

Part 1

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It’s about that time where my daughter looks at me and says she wants a more “mature” bedroom.  No more pastel colors, flowers or little girl things. If you missed the start of her room transformation you can find the other posts here.

DIY Projector for a wall mural

Hand painted Harry Potter Desk

A few years back I had taken my old dresser from when I was younger and refinished it for my daughter’s room.  It was finished in milk paint and I loved it.

Now, almost 3 years later that dresser has held up through her clay and marker phase all the way up to her makeup adventures.  Since it was in good shape I decided to refinish it again.  This time with a more big girl finish.

The first thing I had to do was strip off the old paint.  Since it’s milk paint I ordered Real Milk Paint – Milk Paint Stripper from Connie Hill of Renaissance Lady.

This comes in a powder form that is mixed into a paste with water.

Paint it on thick and let it sit for about an hour.  Then using a plastic scrapper remove the old bubbled up paint.

I’m not going to lie, stripping milk paint is a long tedious process.  It doesn’t come off as easy as other paints.  Once I had all the paint off I scrubbed the dresser down with vinegar and water.  Then I started my base color of Cece Caldwells Loomis Eggplant.

After two coats and a light sanding I pulled out my next colors.  I wanted a blended look similar to those my friend Maria Revollo does.  Using Unicorn SPiT SPARKLiNG STAiN in Ravenous Raven and Dove’s Cry and Southern Blenders Temple Gold, I started the process of painting.

I started with Dove’s Cry and doing a coat over the entire dresser.

I let that get just tacky enough to start blending in small amounts of Ravenous Raven and then Temple Gold.

Once I had the color I wanted and it had fully dried, I diluted Modern Master’s Masterclear Satin by about 10% with water and using a Preval Sprayer to spray the first coat.

Once the first coat was dry I was free to brush a few more coats by hand without the fear of smearing my water based stains. I took her old hardware and cleaned, then sprayed a coat of Plutonium Spray Paint in 1st Place.

Here it is finished and put back into her room.




11 thoughts on “My Daughter’s Room Makeover – Metallic Blended Dresser”

  1. Looks fantastic, can imagine it is a piece she will be handing down to her own daughter some day.
    Thanks for sharing your process.

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