Making a unique and beautiful obmre dresser is probably easier then you think. Ombre means shaded or graduated in tone of color.
Step 1: Find an Ugly Duckling Dresser
Find a piece of furniture that is currently not something you want in your home, but has the potential to be your pride and joy.
Step 2: Supplies You Will Need
-sandpaper and/or orbital sander
-mask and eye protection
-paint and paint brush
-air tight containers and tablespoon
-new hardware and drill (if needed)
-top coat (polycrylic or furniture wax)
Step 3: Sanding
Use the screwdriver to remove all the old hardware. If you are going to keep it make sure you store it in a safe place so you don't lose the screws. Now comes the worst part of the whole project in my opinion. Sand the dresser using an orbital sander or hand sand. It takes a lot more time and muscles if you hand sand, but remember you want to remove the sheen so the paint will stick. Make sure to sand all the drawer fronts and sides of the dresser.
Step 4: Fill in the Holes, Sand and Wipe Clean
If you are going to use new hardware that is not the same size as the old hardware now is the time to fill in all the holes with wood filler. Also look around the dresser for areas that have scratches or cracks that need filled before you paint. (On a side note sometimes its easier to see the small cracks after the first coat so you might find you need to putty again after the first coat.) Once the filler you used has fully cured sand it down with a fine grit sandpaper. Wipe down the dresser with a tact cloth to remove all debris.
Step 5: Mix Paint
I bought three different sample sizes of paint. Two in the purple color I was painting the main part of the dresser and one in white (just the un-tinted sample.) Take one of the purple containers and the white containers and measure the paint into containers to get the gradient of the ombre. I had 4 drawers so I put 5 tablespoons of paint into each container.
Drawer 1: 1 tablespoon purple and 4 tablespoon white
Drawer 2: 2 tablespoon purple and 3 tablespoon white
Drawer 3: 3 tablespoon purple and 2 tablespoon white
Drawer 4: 4 tablespoons purple and 1 tablespoon white
I made sure to use a sharpie to write the number of the drawer on each container because they were very close and I did not want to mix then up.
Step 6: Paint
Paint the dresser! I like to use an angled brush and make sure to paint with the wood grain. I also made sure the keep the drawers in order so they did not get confused. Because I did not have a lot of each paint color for the drawer I did not want to wash the brush and all the paint in it between each coat on the drawers. I used the trick of wrapping the brush tightly in a plastic bag making sure to . You want to make sure to wrap it tight and swish the bag against the brush so there is no air touching it. A few house later (or even a day or two later if you wrap it well) the brush will still be wet and ready to use. I put three coats of paint on this dresser and drawers.
Step 7: Trick to a Smooth Finish
To get a smooth finish I use 400 grit sandpaper and lightly sand between each coat. If you use a flat to satin finish you can also sand after your last coat. I feel like this step makes all the difference in the finial product. I have found that if you use a semi-gloss or gloss you do not want to sand after the last coat because it ruin the sheen. After you sand wipe down with a damp cloth to remove all the dust.
Step 8: Finishing Touches
I found unfinished wood pulls and painted them the same color as the main part of the dresser. Nothing is worse then spending hours refinishing a dresser and then installing uneven or crooked hardware so make sure to measure twice drill once when installing your hardware (if using new).
To protect the paint you can finish by coating the dresser with Polyacrylic (spray or paint on). It will change the sheen of the dresser but will not yellow over time like Varnish. I also use a furniture wax to protect my painted furniture (instead of polyacrylic) if I know the piece will not be overly abused. It does not change the sheen but will also not protect the piece as well.
Step 9: Enjoy
Enjoy your beautiful new pieces of furniture!
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