A navy dresser is right up there at the top of my swoon list for painted furniture. There is something so sophisticated and timeless about it. Add original gold hardware to a navy dresser and you have the perfect winning combo!
This dresser was sold in seconds of it posting. The classic curves and detail made it a hot item! I was thrilled when my client picked navy for the finish.
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The Perfect Navy Dresser Makeover
- Shellac Primer
- Fusion Mineral Paint- Midnight Blue
- Lavender Wax (sealer)
- Liquid Bar Keepers Friend
- Rub N Buff- Antique Gold
Navy Dresser Before
While this dresser may look like the before was amazing it is deceiving. The finish was worn and the perfect candidate for some paint!
You will want to start by removing all of the hardware. Set aside and lightly sand down your furniture with 180 grit sandpaper. After cleaning off the dust with a vacuum, spray a light coat of shellac primer. Shellac is my favorite primer for dark painted pieces. For a navy dresser the shellac is the perfect option. It is clear and so you won’t see it under your paint when distressing. It also is an odor sealer which is great for antique pieces that tend to smell musty. Shellac also seals over an old finish that can cause problems with bubbling or rejection when new paint is applied.
While the shellac is drying (this happens very quickly), clean off the hardware with a toothbrush and some liquid bar keepers friend. Rinse it off and let it dry thoroughly.
After the shellac is dry on the dresser you are ready to apply your paint. I absolutely adore Midnight Blue paint by Fusion. It is the perfect deep navy! The paint covers extremely well and you will likely only need one coat. Apply and resist the urge to go back over your brush strokes to much. The paint self levels really well.
Apply Rub N Buff to Hardware
While the paint on the dresser is drying use a small paintbrush and Rub N Buff to work on the hardware. A little of this product goes a long way! You will be amazed at the coverage. Lightly brush over your hardware until you have achieved the look you like.
After the Midnight Blue paint is dry, use a sanding sponge to distress the edges of the dresser and highlight the details. Even though Fusion paint is mineral based (no top coat required!) I like to add a bit of shine and luster as well as some added protection for durability. For this dresser I used Miss Mustard Seed Lavender Wax. The smell is as amazing as you are envisioning and it is so easy to apply! The wax dries to a hard finish and will protect your furniture beautifully!