This dresser is the second piece of furniture I refinished for our beach cottage. This was my first experience using candlewax in the distressing process. The dresser was another Craig's List purchase. I got a good deal on it because of the scratches and the overall condition of the dresser. Below is the only "before" photo I had, where I am preparing to paint after sanding...
I lightly sanded the piece (80 grit, then 120 grit) before applying the candlewax. A note on sanding - the original finish was a dark stain, and I wanted to expose some of the dark stain with the distressing. I found it important not to "over-sand" the edges and remove the stain all the way down to the bare wood. I found it was very easy to overdo the sanding on the edges. Once I was finished sanding, I ran the candle across all the edges of the piece and also rubbed it on existing cracks and scratches.
The paint color is Tidewater by Sherwin William's #6477. I had this mixed at Lowe's - the Valspar satin paint and primer in one. I was able to skip the step of priming and just put on two coats of paint.
Once the paint was dry - it was very easy to distress the piece with sandpaper. The areas that had been waxed prevented the paint from sticking and it was easy to expose the stained wood underneath. I found this to be so much easier than just using sandpaper and no candlewax (like I had done on previous furniture pieces).
The sandpaper gets "gooped-up" with paint and candlewax, but no big deal. I just used old pieces of sandpaper that were not much good anymore anyway. I also found I could use a plastic scraper to get some of the paint off, but overall I found the sandpaper to be more effective. I would recommend starting with a plastic scraper and doing another pass with sandpaper.
|Sandpaper after sanding over paint and candlewax|
This piece has a home in one of the bedrooms in our beach cottage.
The framed photos above the dresser are from a photographer we found on Etsy. The 8x10 prints are sold as a set and were the inspiration for the color scheme of this room.
|Photos purchased from Etsy The barn wood frames are from Hobby Lobby.|
|Headboard and nightstand in same bedroom.|