The new life of a thrifted dresser as a media console Pt. II

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Here we are, back with the never-ending story of the soon-to-be media console.
Part I of this post was very long, but the preparation steps were quite hard and time-onsoleonsuming. This time though I’ll promise I’ll be quick.

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We left the dresser to the sanding part. Once that was done we cleaned it thoroughly with a damp cloth and let it dry.

Matteo’s mum wanted a nice eye-catching piece of furniture, so of course the colour had to be bright and happy. We went together to the hardware store and bought two 500ml cans of Max Meyer water-based varnish. The shade was not a common one, so the guy at the store prepared it for us on the spot, once we had chosen from their colour swatches.

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30 Sealinthefog The new life of a thrifted dresser as a media consoleInitially we had decided to prime the surface: we thought that the veneer would be a hard surface to paint and we worried that the varnish could easily chip. You might remember from the post on Matteo’s dad sink cabinet that we tried a new primer. We originally bought that one for both the cabinet and this dresser; but given the bad experience we had, we decided not to use it here. We knew that it might be risky: without primer we would require many more coats of paint and the veneer could anyway bleed through. Well, we embraced the uncertainty and went on our path hoping for the best.

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As you can see from the pictures I used a brush for the angles and the legs, a small foam roller for the flat surfaces and a tiny brush for the decorations on the drawers. The process was very long: apply a very thin coat on the entire dresser, let it dry and start over again. Apart from the bottom, that we left unpainted, and the back where I only applied one coat, since you don’t actually see the back of a dresser, I had to give five thin layers of paint.

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Once we were happy with the result and the paint had fully cured, we thought of protecting the colour. We bought a Luxens water-based sealer (since we were working on many projects we bought a huge 2,5L can): this is a gorgeous product, completely transparent, with a matte finish. We used it for the antique manger and the results are just great, and as you will see we also used it in some other projects that we will hopefully share soon. I applied a thin coat to the entire surface, including the bottom part.

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Before reattaching the handles I passed the surface with some beeswax, as I did with this light blue bedside cabinet and with the sink cabinet. This time thought it was even better: we bought a natural homemade wax from the Drogheria Preti, an old drugstore and still one of the milestones of Padova. The product didn’t smell horribly like the other one (I still kept my mask, since the smell is quite strong) and was much easier to apply: a total score!

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Finally it was time to rehang the handles and the little corner decorations to the drawers. Matteo had to be very delicate, especially with the decorations, since he had to nail them with a hammer and a pointed tool that helped him hammer in the nails from a distance, without ruining the recently painted dresser.

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And here is the final result and its everyday function as media console!
What do you think?

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