Sunday, July 8, 2012

~faux zinc dresser tutorial~

 Thank you to everyone who came out to the French Flea Market yesterday.
What a gorgeous sunny day!
It was a big success and I had so much fun.
By the time I got set up, people were shopping already so I didn't have time to take pictures~sorry!

However, I wanted to give you all a tutorial on this faux zinc dresser I did for the show.

Here is the before:
 And a close up.
I really liked the shape of it and all the detail.
{please ignore the hose!}
 First step, paint it dark grey.
 I used Annie Sloan graphite, but any dark grey is fine.
{use a eggshell or satin finish if you are not using Annie Sloan}
Martha Stewart "Seal" is a good choice.

Let dry.
 Randomly put "blobs" of silver metallic paint all over.
A little goes a long way.
 Here is the paint I used, you can find it at Michael's.
I dipped my brush into Annie Sloan clear wax and then went over the dresser with
 the "blobs" of silver paint on it.
You will get a really random appearance, this is good.
Let dry.
 When that was dry I used a little Annie Sloan dark wax and "pounced" with my brush in random areas. Then I lightly brushed in one direction.
 This is the overall look I got.
I really didn't know what I was doing, but I think it turned out well.
I don't think there is a right or wrong way to do this, pretty easy.
 I added these fun knobs from Anthropologie to give it even more of a masculine feel.
The lines of the dresser are quite feminine, but I like the mix of the two.
This dresser sold at the show, but I have plenty of things left that I will be adding to my etsy shop in the next week or so, so stay tuned!


[email protected] Stroll Thru Life said...

It looks amazing. Such a lovely piece. Hugs, Marty

Megan said...

It looks awesome!!!

Lynne said...

What a perfect day you had, Melaine.

My heart was there. We were at a lovely wedding in Seattle and reception in Bellevue that captured entire day and evening!

The dresser is amazing!

I will be emailing you with an order for some "family established" signs soon.


jackie said...

I love the look and you did an amazing job! Thank you for all the info! The knobs you used are brilliant and so unusual!

Monica said...

This is gorgeous! I SO want to try this! May need to hire you :) I wish I could have been at the market...we're following our son and his baseball career.
Can't wait to hear all about it! xxo Monica

time worn interiors said...

The dresser looks awesome!

[email protected] Chaos Home said...

Best dresser I've seen in a long time!! Love the look. I actually have all the materials you mentioned, so I need to try this. All I need is a dresser :)

Thanks for the inspiration!!

cathywhatisoldisnew said...

You did an outstanding job with this dresser and thanks for the tutorial. No surprise it sold!

Linda said...

This looks great!

Julie said...

turned out great! i love it.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

That turned out beautiful!! I love it!!

Anonymous said...

WOW, I love how it turned out!!
Don't you love it when things you aren't sure of turn out so beautifully?!!
Hope you have a lovely week.

Anonymous said...

I’m such a bad friend, I’m sorry I didn't make it.
I went home to change after work and the neighbors had margaritaville going on and what was just going to be one drink turned into one too many.

Great dresser though I love the detail!


The Grandy's said...

I love those knobs from Anthro! I need to go find me some now! Good job on the dresser. I love the feminine curves mixed with the masculine features. Well done.

Little Leslie said...

Fabulous job. I will try it on the next project.
Thanks for the idea.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I love the way you did this, really nice. Glad you had fun at your show!

Noble Vintage said...

This is just gorgeous. Thanks for the tutorial! Are the pulls buttons with metal tags?? they are really cute, I'd love to know what they are! :) super cool.
Your show sounded so fun, I've never heard of that one. I'll have to mark it in my to do list!

Anonymous said...

How fun! I have an old vanity with triple mirror, this is a great idea for the perfect color because it will look great with the new iron bed I bought at Big Lots. The iron bed is an antique gray color and only cost $299.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Love this...thanks for the step by step...I'm getting ready for a makeover in my son's room and this just might work!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

The before and after are amazing!

Anonymous said...

Love this look. I will be trying this out very soon.

Meredith @ TheMittenWife said...

This is gorgeous! Gives me so much inspiration for our guest bedroom decor :) Thanks :)

Unknown said...

Melaine, everything about your dresser is stunning! The faux finish you came up with is awesome and the hardware is the icing on the cake! LOVE!! You've inspired me; I'm going to try this using CeCe Caldwell's Vermont Slate. Take care ~ shelly

Anonymous said...

Love the dresser! I'm going to attempt it myself. Did you sand down the old dresser before painting?

ibshell said...

So Restoration Hardware! Love it. Great tutorial!!

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Good Time Charlie said...

So pretty! I haven't seen those knobs, and I love the mix of the feminine lines with the industrial pulls. Visiting from MMS. Would love for you to come by and share at Redouxinteriors too!

Anonymous said...

Love the dresser! Can you tell me how selling furniture on Etsy works? Is it mostly locals that buy or do you end up shipping a lot of pieces?

RPK Interiors said...

Love this transformation! Well done! Stopping by from FFF at MMS.

Unknown said...

I have no Annie Sloan retailers near me but I see you said any grey will do. What would you recommend for the 2 wax colors/brands?

dje said...

I absolutely loved this dresser so much that I made over an old dresser just like it! Turned out wonderful! However after I put Annie Sloan dark wax on & polished & let it dry for days I'm still getting some rub off from the wax. Would you recommend putting a Polyurethane on afterwards??

Unknown said...

Love the dresser. I am currently doing my bedroom furniture this way. Is there also a silver paint in addition to the metallic paint that you used. Or is the silver paint the same as the metallic paint?

Anonymous said...

What is the name of your etsy store

Staceypaints2 said...

I know this is an older post, however, I just stumbled across it yesterday. Can you let me know what brush you used to apply wax? I have the graphite on already,however, I was concerned using my wax brush on this since it had paint mixed with it. Also, did you distress any? Thank you, Stacey Grimes

Kathy said...

Beautiful. Im just finding your blog though I know you posted this long ago. I'm wondering if you think a similar effect would come through starting with dark wood? Or if I should first paint white then gray then white again? Thank you!

Unknown said...

Beautiful transformation. It can be used in both a rugged, masculine setting or an elegant feminine setting. Just play up the silver and the gorgeous comes out. I would love to give this a try. Thanks!!

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial. The metal tags are looking awesome. I am really going to try this. Thanks again!

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