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{Before & After} Antique Dresser w/Denim Treatment

You guys miss me?  Feels like forever since ive posted…clearly i go in spurts, i will try and be better about posting cuz there is lots going on, just nothing is ever finished!  Story of my life :)  I actually havent really even been on the computer at all this week – i feel like i am missing out!


When i went to start on this cute little dresser last week, i couldnt quite come up with an idea of how i wanted it refinished.  Its super plain and needed something fun to make it unique.

Sweet Pickins Denim Treatment Dresser

So i was putting away some laundry in Kdins room and it hit me that i should try the denim treatment that is on his walls on a piece of furniture – and this dresser would be a perfect candidate.

Sweet Pickins Furniture Denim Walls

(Old pic w/my old blog name!)

I havent showed too much of kdins room, but after i went on the Nate Show (they showed his room a lot!) and then when i posted about his curtains here, i got tons of emails asking how i did the walls.  I kept meaning to put together something to show, but didnt really have an opportunity to do the technique again, but now i do and here ya go :)

I started out by giving the dresser a light sand.  After sanding, i primed with Kilz, an oil based primer.   To do the denim treatment you need to have a white base, so i just took care of this by priming it white and using that as the base.

Sweet Pickins Denim Treatment Dresser

Then i gathered up my supplies.  I used the gallon of Ralph Lauren glaze that i already had from Kdins walls.  I dont think they make this anymore, but you can buy tinted glaze for faux finishing @ Sherwin Williams.  Then i had a special bristle brush for the denim/linen treatment, you can still get a similar brush @ lowes, then i have this metal roller that makes the denim look more worn.  I havent seen these since i purchased mine years ago @ home depot, but im sure they could be found online.

Sweet Pickins Denim Treatment Dresser

Sweet Pickins Denim Treatment Dresser

I started out by just brushing the glaze on the whole drawer with a cheap chip brush.  After the drawer is covered, you take the linen treatment brush and brush over the entire drawer in one direction, that makes the lines of the denim.

Sweet Pickins Denim Treatment Dresser

Then, after wiping the brush on a towel to get off any excess glaze, brush the opposite direction on the drawer.  That gives it a fabric feel.  (sorry about the awful phone pics!)

Sweet Pickins Denim Treatment Dresser

After you have used the linen treatment brush, then you take the wire roller and roll across and down to get worn out look of denim.  The wire roller just takes the glaze off giving it a distressed look.

Sweet Pickins Denim Treatment Dresser

Sweet Pickins Denim Treatment Dresser

After the treatment was dry, i distressed the edges to make it look a little more worn.  Then the rest of the dresser was painted SW Dover White and then distressed.

To finish off the denim look, i cut up an old belt and used those as handles.  I seen this done years ago and have always wanted to try it!  To make the screws look more like rivets than screws, i used a machine screw – i think it looks really cool and matches the dresser perfect.

And the afters…how cute would this be for a boys room!

Sweet Pickins Denim Treatment Dresser

Sweet Pickins Denim Treatment Dresser

Sweet Pickins Denim Treatment Dresser

Sweet Pickins Denim Treatment Dresser

This dresser is available for sale, go to my FB page for more info!


21 Responses to {Before & After} Antique Dresser w/Denim Treatment

  1. Shanda March 17, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

    That is the coolest thing! I’m gonna have to try this!

  2. Jenny@EvolutionofStyle March 18, 2013 at 6:07 am #

    This turned out beautifully! I love the leather pulls you added – those are perfection!

  3. Deb Owen March 18, 2013 at 7:10 am #

    I Love this! How darling would that be in a little guys room?! The belt handles was a great call too.

  4. Bloomin' Crazy- Joni Holland March 18, 2013 at 7:16 am #

    You are super clever!

  5. Doris March 18, 2013 at 7:51 am #

    I love how that dresser turned out!! Great idea with the old belt too. All those tools are still available; we faux finishers would be lost without em!!

  6. karen bates March 18, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    Adorable! Love how much it looks like denim! Great job.

  7. Kori Babb March 18, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    this turned out super cute! love it!

  8. Heidi Caminiti March 18, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    LOVE it! Too, too cute! The belt drawer pulls are PERFECT :)

  9. Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage March 18, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    Great color and those handles are perfect! I especially love your sign! Pinning this beauty!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} March 18, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

      oh yes – the sign! I love that thing – been on the to do list forever and finally done!

  10. Becky March 18, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    Wow, love it so much!

  11. Suzette Feinstein March 18, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    glad you’re back

  12. Kelley March 19, 2013 at 8:28 am #

    I love how this turned out – the handles are the icing on top! Also, I noticed the sign right away! Very cool!

  13. danielle March 19, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    THIS IS AMAZING! What a beauty!

  14. Debbie March 19, 2013 at 8:26 pm #


  15. Santi Khoundet March 20, 2013 at 7:13 am #

    Hey….that my belt.

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} March 28, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

      haha! i didnt steal your belt, you are too skinny and it wouldnt have been long enough :)

  16. Little Bit March 27, 2013 at 6:15 am #

    WOW! It’s great! I love the denim treatment, and leather pulls are perfect! I’m pinning/repinnning! Little Bit from http://www.DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

  17. Laurie @ House of 34 March 28, 2013 at 7:50 am #

    OH MY GOODNESS! The faux denim look is the best thing I’ve seen in a while! Gonna have to try this one!! Thanks!

  18. Amanda April 24, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    Can I please get the shade of RL Glaze you used?? We are doing this for my sons dresser this weekend!!! Please help ;) Love this so much!

  19. lori April 25, 2014 at 8:53 pm #

    you are so talented, I am so impressed

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