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Glazing-Not Just for Cabinets

5.01.2011

I love how some brown glaze can redo honey oak.  Like in the guest bath.

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But why should cabinets get all the love? What about other types of wood or furniture?  Like dressers?

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Well I was going to find out.  These dressers were hand me downs from my family and they were solid wood and not oak.  Which were two huge bonuses in my book.  But considered that the cousin whose nursery they were in is now in college, the color needed some updating.  Not to mention that the bow and flower decals did not fit in our boy decor.

(For the full glazing how-to, please go to this post)

Of course we started with the worst part of the glazing process…the sanding.  Luckily for me in my delicate state, Derek took over this arduous task.  Two hours later it was sanded and Derek was very dusty (and will think again before volunteering for the next sanding project).

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Then the glazing started.  We wanted the dresser to match the crib as much as possible, so we started with Behr’s Spiceberry mixed with the glaze like I described in original full how-to post.

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After it the first coat was dry, it looked too red and too light in relation to the crib. Hmmmmm….

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So to darken it up, I mixed a second glaze with Sherwin William’s Black Bean and put this on as the second coat.

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Much better.  And I loved that the two different color glazes gave the finish even more depth.  My color misjudgment turned out to be an awesome find.

I added 5 coats of water based polycrylic to get this finish.

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Perfect.  You can still see the grain and the finish is really close to matching the crib as planned (don’t worry that is not the mirror’s permanent home…..the floor is not exactly a child proof spot)

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The drawers were painted with my favorite paint….Ace cabinet and trim in high hiding white.  And then polyed for durability.

So happy how it turned out…..

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The lamp is not permanent….just a stand-in stolen from the guest room to figure out spacing until I find the perfect one.  Homegoods has been letting me down lately.

Anyway ignore the accessories and just enjoy the dresser….

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dresser glazing

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dresser glazing

What should I glaze next?

24 comments on "Glazing-Not Just for Cabinets"
  1. The sanding is always the worst part, isn't it? I love how this turned out, it looks stunning, well done!

    Suzy xxx

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  2. Wow! It looks amazing -- like you actually bought it as a set with the crib! Nice! :)

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  3. Hi, I've been enjoying your blog for 3 months or so. Great job in the nursery -- what a perfect spot for that dresser, it just fits right in!

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  5. Loving it! I like how the crib and the dresser look so good together!! Great idea to go two tone! :)

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  6. Um.... WOW! Love the wood with white. You are so darn stylish. =)

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  7. It looks like you bought this dresser brand new! I like how you tied the crib and the dresser together with matching knobs.

    Jenna

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  8. Hi-
    I love your baby's room - so creative - I love the bright colors - I have 2 boys and they are the most amazing little people - congratulations on your little bundle of joy - he will be more incredible than you can imagine.
    jennifer
    www.bigdandme.com

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  9. LOVE the way the crib and dresser coordinate! You are looking very close to being ready for "CA's" arrival!

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  10. I just found your blog via Re-Nest. OMG I'm in love. Your style is exactly how I want my house to look. I'm crushing on your blog big time.

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  11. WHOA!!!!!!!!! I Just found out we both live in KC! How weird! That is awesome!:D I had no clue there were cool decor + crafty + honey-oak-hating people around here! So cool!

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  13. What an awesome dresser! I love it. What about staining a headboard next?

    Stephanie
    upcycledjewelrybyanotheruse.blogspot.com

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  14. Oh! Gorgeous! I LOVE the 2-tone and it looks so fabululously updated!! Great job, as always!

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  15. Holy cow, that looks wonderful! I'm very impressed with the change. I have to catch up on everyone's blogs since I've been 'away' so long...

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  16. Oh my word! The dresser looks fantastic. I never think to mix white and wood tone but it always turns out stunning when I see someone else do it.

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  17. looks great! but... what i really want to know... what if you dont sand?! - cause i REALLY hate sanding!!!! ;)

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  18. Wow! This looks amazing -- like you actually bought it as a set with the crib! Nice! :)

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  19. Did you guys sand the drawers or just the base of the dresser? With the drawers being painted white does it need to have that grainy look to it.

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    1. I lightly sanded the dresser before painting just to rough it up a little bit. The paint covers the grain which what I was hoping it would do, especially since it was such a smooth wood to start with.

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    2. O ok I see how much paint did you use for this project.

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