I’d like to thank Kristi Kuehl of Pure Home Paints & Finishes for providing me with the product to complete this sweet farmhouse dresser makeover. Ya’ll know I have a paint addiction, and I get pretty excited to try a new product. But when that paint is delivered and it’s this gorgeous color:
I get really excited!
Can we not agree that “Storm” is the perfect gray??!! It’s not too cool or too warm. It can go sweet or sophisticated. I had a hard time capturing it’s true color when I brought the dresser inside, but It’s a true neutral.
If you haven’t heard of or tried Pure Home Paints & Finishes yet, here’s the skinney. Kristi’s Pure Home Paints are 100% acrylic. They require no sanding or priming, and besides wood, the paint will also adhere to glass, metal, plastic, and fabric. All of the finishing products can be used indoors, they are 100% non-toxic, contain no VOCs, and are made in the USA. Using eco friendly products is always a good thing. 😀 And for the price of a fancy dinner, Kristi also offers an online course, Pick Paint Profit , in case you have the desire to start flipping your own furniture pieces! I sure wish there had been a resource like that when I first started painting furniture! And to further up her cool factor, Kristi will soon have her very own TV show! Be sure to check out the trailer on the Pure Home Paint website. It looks like our kind of show. Picking, painting, furniture flipping. What’s not to like??!! And I think she may even live on a farm, and we all know how popular farm shows are ! 😉 LOL
It was slim pickins in my furniture stash, and I didn’t have anything worthy of this gorgeous color. Fortunately I found this old farmhouse dresser on Craigslist. The gentleman selling it told me it was his childhood dresser. I don’t typically offer, nor do people usually ask what I plan on doing with the piece of furniture I buy, but he did. I couldn’t lie, so I was relieved he approved of my plan to give the dresser a makeover with paint. You could tell he was sentimental about the little dresser. I was just thrilled that it was all wood construction with wood gliders. And I could visualize how pretty it would be with a couple coats of Storm.
After giving the dresser a really good cleaning with hot vinegar water, I sanded the top down to bare wood, and quickly scuff sanded everywhere else. Shoot. I should have read the instructions that came with the paint! Kristi recommends that you clean your piece with vinegar water and a Magic Sponge. Mr. Clean is my second favorite bald guy! I have Costco quantities of those awesome sponges. And I’ve always wondered if they would take the sheen off of a piece of furniture! When (if) it ever stops raining in Seattle, I’m spraying my dining room furniture, and the sponges will be perfect on that shiny beast! (I’ll keep you posted on how it works!)
You know I’ve been been painting with a lot of milk paint lately, which I typically mix up on the thin side. I’ll admit I got a little nervous when I saw how thick the paint was. But this time I read the instructions before I started, and they state to apply the paint with a WET paint brush. The paint was very easy to work with. Again, following the instructions, I painted the first coat super thin, but the coverage was excellent. You really push the paint into the wood, but there were still no brush strokes! It leaves the softest looking matte finish. You just want to touch it.
The outside of the dresser got two coats of paint, and the inside of the drawers got one coat, and I still have 3/4s left for another project!:
The Protective Finishes (top coat) in the Pure Home Paint line are water based, non yellowing, have no odor, and come in matte, satin and gloss finishes. You simply apply them with a wet brush. As with all top coats, long even strokes work best, and don’t try to overwork it. I couldn’t be more in love with the smooth matte finish, and I think it really suits this dresser.
So thumbs up on Pure Home Paints! Good thing, because I’ve got my eye on a couple of colors:
Just to name a few!! I’ll be back real soon with the tutorial on how I achieved the raised stencil. Until then, take care. Cynthia
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