SYTYCD WEEK 6- Aged Textured Dresser

I knew for this week's challenge I wanted to paint a piece of furniture. I really have a love for cream colored furniture and I thought this dresser would look great as a buffet in my dining room.

When we bought our house it was pretty plain, white walls and white trim, but it did have good bones. I added the molding, beadboard wallpaper and painted the walls the prettiest blue. In a later post I'll show you my $15.00 craigslist dining table redo.


I found the dresser on craigslist for $20.00. Buying used furniture is a great way to save money and personalize your space. The great thing about paint is if you don't like it you can always paint it again.

I started by removing the 3 wood plaques on the drawers, filled the nail holes with putty and sanded it smooth.
Because I distress and apply a finishing paste wax to all my painted furniture, I never feel the need to prime or pre-sand. I've been painting with regular acrylic craft paint for years and find that it holds up very well.
For the dresser, I chose soft white from the designer series from Deco Art. Designer series, is an all purpose acrylic paint that is specially made for furniture, walls, wood, and canvas, and it comes in an 18oz container at a great price.
I applied one coat and let it dry, but because I am so impatient, I usually end up using a hairdryer to speed up the drying time. I applied a second coat and once dry to the touch I scraped and sanded some of the paint off.
For the drawers I used a laser cut piece of scrapbook paper for my stencil similar to this one below, you can find them in the scrapbook section at your craft store for a dollar or two.

For the texture medium I used modeling paste from "Textures" line from Decoart. You can find this at Michael's Craft Store (on the same isle as the stains and faux finishing kits) or you can purchase it online.


I centered the scrapbook paper over my drawer and applied the modeling paste. I used a scrap piece of cardboard to apply it, you can also use a putty knife, but the cardboard worked great for me. Make sure you have you entire area covered, then slowly lift the  paper up in on direction.
Because the laser cut scrapbook paper is made of paper you can only use them a few times before it gets soggy, but I was able to do all 3 drawers with one sheet.


This is how it looks once you remove the paper, it's so easy to use and of course you can you a regular plastic stencil for a project like this. I can't wait to find other items to add texture too. Make sure you let it completely dry prior to painting it. I let the drawers dry overnight and continued on with aging of the rest of the dresser and other drawers.

I wanted a slight aging look to the dresser, so I rubbed day old coffee grounds over small sections and wiped off the excess until I got the desired look I wanted. Be prepared (if you choose to do this) because it does make a mess all over the floor. I was in my garage when I applied the coffee grounds, so it wasn't too bad to clean up.


I repeated the process until I was completely happy with it. The next day with the textured drawers dry I repeated the same coffee ground aging. I made them a little darker so they would stand out as the focal point of the dresser. Once again too impatient to wait for the coffee wash to dry I used my trusty blow dryer.
I then applied a minwax finishing past wax, (you can find this at Lowes or Home Depot), just follow the directions on the can. I always do at least 2 coats for better protection.

So I hope this will inspire you to try a new project using Decoart's modeling paste.

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  1. This is really pretty, Trixie! I love the final color.

  2. What creative detals! I love the texture and the coffee ground idea. Very original!

    Beautiful piece!

  3. I just love everything you do! Great entry this week!


  4. What a fabulous piece! Loved the idea of using the coffee grounds and the laser-cut scraping paper. Again, you simply amaze me with your unique process of creating beauty! Also..Absolutely loved the mirror resting above your entry piece. Miss Trixie, if I lived in your beautiful home, I'd probably never leave the house! :)

    Here's wishing you and the ones you love, the Happiest Easter Ever!

    Blessings, Love and Sunshine, Terri

  5. I love how you transform the dresser!!! Gorgeous!!


  6. That room is outstanding! The whole thing is just dreamy.

  7. This is fabulous Trixie. I learned the coffee ground technique from my faux painter years ago, and it realy does create a great effect.

    Your dresser turned out so beautiful.

  8. This dresser turned out so authentically aged. You did a great job.

    I love the texture idea. the coffee grounds was unexpected...but hey whatever works, huh?

    Way to go. It looks great.

  9. You are so amazing Trixie!! I love this piece so much it looks lovely in your beautiful home. I have used coffee grounds to mottle fabric, but would never have thought to have used it to age furniture - brilliant! Off to vote. Good luck for this round ~ Tina x

  10. now have me inspired to try this stenciling technique! I love the way this turned out! It looks amazing!!! You always have my vote...I love your style!


  11. Hi Trixie,
    This piece is just wonderful. I love the color and the transformation. Wishing you luck this week in the competition! Blessings...Sherry

  12. I have a dresser very simular that I found a GW for 15.00 It was ugly!! I made it over and I also use mine in my diningroom. Great Job!!

  13. Very classy dresser, well done! I'm admiring the gorgeous mirror you have hanging above it also....

  14. Another lovely job. Coffee grounds(!) I can't wait to try that. It goes w/o saying, but I will anyway, your staging is just beautiful.

  15. I love this is stunning! And I would never of thought to use coffee grounds. How clever is that?

  16. I enjoy what you share so very much - beautiful & creative! I'm off to vote!

  17. For the min wax is there a certain stain color that you use for the finishing product?

    What a beautiful piece! You are so creative!

  18. Beautiful! Fantastic transformation.

  19. I love this! I recently painted one that looks almost identical, but mine did not have the middle column of drawers. I love the stenciled texture that you added! I will have to try that!

  20. This is so beautiful. I would have passed right by on that old dresser but you have an eye for turning mundane & outdated into fabulous!
    judi ;)

  21. Lovely, just lovely. Your tutorial was awesome and sure to inspire! If I had an iota of your talent and creativity, I'd be happy.

  22. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  23. Trixie, you really do have the best tutorials! What a fabulous transformation!

  24. Wow - that is amazing. I love the textured finish you did. LOVE IT! So pretty!


  25. I love it! I wouldn't have ever thought to ue the scrapbook paper as a stencil! Love it!!!

  26. Hello Trixie - I am new to your FAB blog. I absolutely love your dresser-turned-buffet project! The technique you used is so interesting. Thank you for the inspiration!

    I highlighted your sweet hutch in my post today. Would love your input on my hutch!


  27. That is a beautiful piece! Hey - thanks for commenting on my tute over at Tatertots today!

  28. This just looks beautiful, love your blog!

  29. No contest there! You should win paws down - the dresser and your talent are awesome!! Yes, I walked on over and voted for mew!

    Romeo and "her"

  30. That's so great, I love the texture in the middle!

  31. Thanks, T for the greetings!

  32. I love what you did to this dresser. I have used the same paint and I always use the paste wax for finishing, too. I will have to try the stencil thing sometime. Looks great.

  33. Hi- I've just discovered your wonderful blog and I just love it! I am truly inspired by all the wonderful projects you have posted! I can't wait to read more!

  34. Love this! You make modeling paste look so easy I definitely try this technique.

  35. Hi There!

    I LOVE this makeover you did and decided I'm going to give it a try with a pretty yard sale desk I picked up a few weeks ago.

    I ordered the DecoArt paint and some laser cut stencils. Now..a quick question about the modeling paste. I found it online (live in a small town) but it comes in "heavy", "fine", "crackle" and "glass". Do you know which one of those you used?

    Thanks so much!

    You inspire me.

    Starview Sonnet

  36. I had painted a little table to sit my coffee on etc. and I had painted it white and distressed it but I wasn't happy because I felt it needed 'something' else. I read this post about how you use mini wax finishing paste and went to HD and bought some...I am in LOVE with my table now. THANK you!

    You are inspiring1

  37. Very cool! My living room likes like a used furniture warehouse, with a bed, table and mirror I have recently painted. Might have to try your textured trick on my next piece!


  38. I love your textured dresser and the coffee stain hint!!!

  39. I can take off those three funny plaques? Yeah!

    Can't wait to try this, but want to go with an aqua, coffee grounds, then the wax.

    I'm 'cited.


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