Jan 14 2017

Pick the Finish: MCM Dresser

This week on Pick the Finish, we went live with you on Facebook on Monday to choose a finish for this beautiful Rway six-drawer dresser. The options were black matte with gold detail on the long wood handles and the legs, a white and dark walnut combo, or Hague Blue and medium walnut combo.

The third option won! We had over 60 votes on Instagram and Facebook. Thanks for participating! It’s fun to let you all choose, and you chose a great finish. I love Hague Blue on furniture because it is what I like to call a dark bold color. It is very rich, but because it is fairly dark, it doesn’t overpower the room or draw all the attention. It is still subtle in its beauty.

First the drawers get taped off and sanded. Our prep process varies for each piece depending on the condition of the piece, the type of wood, and how it’s being refinished. This piece was in great condition, so we lightly scuffed the wood. For the parts being stained, they were more heavily sanded down to remove all of the current finish.

The center wood pulls were taped over before priming in black. When we are painting a piece in a dark color, we prime it in black, and when we are painting it a light color, we do white. We were hoping that the wood handles would come off the drawers in order to stain them separately, without worrying about taping them off, but unfortunately they are strongly adhered to the piece. Oh well! We just had to do it the slower way.

The piece was primed and ready to be sprayed and stained! We sprayed it in our professional spray booth for a smooth finish. The details were stained and the hardware polished. The end result is so spectacular. You all picked a GREAT finish! I love this dresser.

It has some good height to it, which is hard to find in mid century pieces. It could be amazing as a changing table dresser, in a bedroom, or as a tv console. Can’t wait to see who brings this one home 🙂

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  • Carmen Gomez

    Hi Meg, I hope you don’t mind me asking. What brand black primer do you use on your dark pieces. I can never get anyone to tint my primers black. They always tell me at any paint or hardware store that they can only add a little bit of tint without obstructing the the functionality of the primer, otherwise it won’t work properly. I hope that you can enlighten me on this because it’s frustrating to paint a dark piece sometimes I need up to 5 coats of paint after the two of primer. That takes a lot of sanding and cleaning rags. To then have to apply top coats.

    February 1, 2017 at 5:39 pm
    • MegMade

      Hi Carmen! We use Mohawk primer and we get it from JC Licht. Priming with black for dark paint is the way to go!

      March 1, 2017 at 9:29 pm

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