Fusion Mineral Paint Limestone was the perfect choice for this dresser makeover! When I spotted this mahogany dresser I immediately knew I wanted to create a two tone finish. Fusion Mineral Paint Limestone is a gorgeous off-white warm tone that pairs amazingly well with dark stain. Follow along to see just how you can create this same finish!
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Mahogany Dresser Before
To begin I sanded down the entire dresser top with my orbital sander using 120 grit sandpaper. Make sure you sand in the direction of the grain so that you don’t damage or mark the wood.
Once the entire finish is removed from the top of the dresser follow the 120 grit with 220 grit sandpaper. This will create a smooth finish that will readily accept stain.
Next, remove all hardware and clean the entire piece thoroughly. I like to use a solution of warm water and TSP for best results. You can’t imagine the dirt that comes off of a piece that you think is already clean! After you wipe down the entire piece give it time to dry. Go back over it with warm water to make sure you remove any of the cleaner and debris. Make sure you also wipe down the top sanded surface. This will allow the grain to raise a bit and will make for a perfect surface to accept stain.
Once you have properly cleaned you are ready to stain the dresser top. Wait for at least 2 hours after you have cleaned to be sure that the top is dry. I selected Homestead House (Fusion Paint’s parent company) All in One stain in the color Cappuccino.
Simply take a foam brush (my absolute favorite are these JEN foam brushes) and apply the stain keeping in the direction of the grain. This stain is honestly so easy to use! After you have applied the stain lightly take a lint free cloth and wipe up any access. I personally loved the look of just one layer of stain. If you want a darker look wait 24 hours and apply another layer. The great thing about this stain is that it’s all in one. That means no protective top coat is needed! Just one layer provides a scratch free, waterproof layer!
After you have waited 24 hours from staining, you are ready to prime! With any dark dresser bleed through is a high probability. Mahogany especially is notorious for this problem. If I were smarter I would have just painted the dresser a dark color and called it a day! I really wanted to create my original envisioned look and so a few extra steps were taken to make sure to control the bleed through.
After several layers of shellac I could tell that bleed through was still happening. I went ahead and pulled out the heavy duty primer and it still took several layers! Once the primer does not take on a yellow or pink tint you know you have applied enough layers and are ready to paint.
I selected to spray my Fusion paint but you can just as easily apply by hand. A brush or microfiber roller is a great choice.
After all of the layers of primer the dresser only required 1 coat of paint!
Fusion Mineral Paint Limestone
To protect the dresser I sealed the drawers and base with my favorite smelling wax, Miss Mustard Seed Lavender Wax. It’s like heaven in a can and is so easy to apply! Since it is a soft wax your arm won’t be hurting by the time you are finished applying! Simply apply and wipe off any access.
For the top of the dresser, I wanted to add some sheen as the stain dries in a matte finish. I used another favorite product, Fusion Beeswax Finish and it worked beautifully.
I also rubbed all of the hardware with the Beeswax to shine them up. Trust me, after using this product you will be looking for things you can use it on!
I hope you found this Fusion Mineral Paint Limestone dresser helpful! I can’t wait to see the projects you tackle with these great products!