I was dying to use the Rustoleums Coastal Blue Chalk Paint, but after spending hours sanding this pedestal and the matching dresser, I was nervous to use new colors that were out of my comfort zone. But once I finished the faux antique blue dresser, I had no doubt that I would be doing this pedestal to match.
The pedestal started out with chipped cream paint and dark green handles. Not the prettiest look, but I like the challenge of creating an entirely new look.
As usual, I started by removing all the hardware. I stripped the hardware to get the green paint off of it by boiling it for 30 minutes in a mixture of vinegar and water. The result was sparkly clean pulls. You can see the age in the pulls, with parts of it slightly discolored, but I love the character it adds to the piece as a whole.
I took the pain off of the draws using Citri Strip Paint & Varnish Stripping Gel and extensive sanding. I am not a huge fan of sanding, especially intricate parts that require me to hand sand with tiny pieces of sandpaper, but that is a necessary part of finishing beautiful pieces with character.
I sanded the draws using my trusted Hyper Tough Orbit Sander, and a Dewalt 100 grit sandpaper. I then used a fine 120 grit sandpaper to give the draws an extra smooth finish. Getting into the grooves between all the curves on the top three dressers was the most frustrating and labor intensive part of this project. My sander just couldn't get into all of those grooves, so I had to go old school with a sand block and some sweat equity to make sure that I had a smooth finish for staining.
Before the fun part could start, I gave the entire piece, with draws, a good wash down with warm soapy water. Its essential to get all the dust particles caused by sanding off of the piece, as well as any of the crud that inevitably builds up over time.
I stained the draws using Rustoleums Kona wood stain. I applied the stain using a foam brush and then wiping it off with a lint free rag (effectively polishing the stain into the wood). I really think this is the best technique to get the stain into the wood.
I painted the dresser itself with Rustoleums Coastal Blue Chalk Paint. The first coat comes out very streaky, but by the time you apply the second coat you will be getting great coverage, taking care of all of the streaks and giving you a perfectly smooth finish. Once your paint has completely dried, use a fine 240 grit sandpaper to get rid of any bumps and really give the piece a smooth finish.
On the detail, I used a dry brush method and applied some gold paint to really bring out the gorgeous curves carved out into the legs. I also used a gold paint pen that I found out Hobby Lobby to line the grooves of the dresser. I really like the way the gold framed the dresser and made the pulls really pop.
I applied 2 coats of a water based polyurethane. I used Rust-oleum's matte based polyurethane so that I could keep the chalky look of the paint, without a high glossy appearance. I actually added an additional coat to the top since it will see a lot of traffic and I wanted to protect it as much as possible.
I finished the pedestal by reapplying my newly cleaned hardware. I was surprised at how much I loved the end product.