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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.
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.
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 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.