The Ombre dresser craze is still going strong! You see it in hair, clothes and even furniture! 7 years ago I painted this ombre dresser for my husband. Thankfully, my staging and photography skills improved over the years but this is a typical ombre dresser style.
I wanted to take a different approach with this waterfall dresser. I knew I wanted the ombre look but with a much more loose transition of colors. After seeing the Fusion Mineral Paint color in Seaside, I knew it was my color!
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Watercolor Ombre Dresser
To begin with, lightly clean and sand your dresser with 220 grit sand paper. Vacuum and clean your furniture piece until it is dust free. This entire dresser took me maybe 20 minutes to paint. The key is not to overthink it!
Ombre Dresser with a Watercolor Finish
I began by pouring Fusion Seaside at full strength into a clean plastic Tupperware. Visually mark off your dresser into 3 sections. Using that mindset I painted the top third of the dresser in full strength Seaside. The coverage of Fusion Mineral Paint is awesome and only one coat was required. Since I was blending colors I wasn’t extremely worried about waiting for the first section to dry. Keep in mind this technique is supposed to be free spirited and easy, not methodical and measured! I eyeballed and added about 1 part of Fusion Mineral Paint in Linen to my plastic container that contained 3 parts Seaside in it.
Visually start at the middle third of your dresser and brush upwards into the top part that has already been painted. You want loose brush strokes that end roughly in the same area. This is where you are creating almost a watercolor finish instead of a taped off, solid lined transition.
For the last part, the bottom third of the dresser, I added another 1/3 part Linen paint. This made my final color 3 part Seaside, 2 part Linen. Starting at the bottom, use the same technique and paint upward brush strokes into the middle section of the dresser.
Once this particular ombre dresser was dry, I gave it a very heavy sanding. Especially at the paint transition points. It helped make the effect less dramatic and softened up the piece overall.
To finish off and seal the dresser I used my favorite wax, Miss Mustard Seed Lavender wax. It dries super fast and smells amazing as you can imagine!