I’m always pinning and saving pictures of ombre dressers from the Internet, but I had never painted one until recently. They make me smile with their fun colors and beautiful shades and I think they look especially nice in children’s bedrooms.
I will show you step by step how I painted this blue ombre dresser for a little boy’s bedroom. The original piece had been in his father bedroom since he was a little kid and after all these years it was still in very good shape.
This is how it looked before.
SUPPLIES USED TO CREATE THIS OMBRE DRESSER EFFECT:
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- 120 grit sand block
- TSP with some water
- Gray primer paint
- Spray painter (I like to use this brand paint spayer)
- Benjamin Moore Hale Navy (satin)
- Benjamin Moore Super White
- wood filler
- foam roller – this brand looks as good as spray paint
- Polycrylic spray, satin.
- Scrap pieces of wood
I started by cleaning the piece with TSP diluted in water and paper towel, then light sanding it with a 120 grit sand block.
Next I cleaned it again then sprayed Rustoleum gray primer over the entire piece.
This is how it looked after I primed it.
This chest had very few scratches, and since I could hardly see them in the original finish, I chose to fix the imperfections after it was all primed. I applied wood filler using a putty knife, and after an hour sanded the filled spots with a 220 grit sand paper. I then cleaned and sprayed the primer only on those spots.
The main color I used was Benjamin Moore Hale Navy (satin). I sprayed two coats on the main body of the chest using my Homeright paint sprayer.
Next I got to the fun part! Mixing paint to make the other five shades of blue to paint the drawers.
There was no exact recipe to make the other shades. I chose to make very subtle variations of the main blue because I wanted the final look to be mostly dark. It is a personal choice. I’ve seen ombré pieces where the shades have a higher contrast among themselves and the last drawer is totally white. Also very beautiful!
To make the darkest shade I added a little bit of white paint (Benjamin Moore Super White) to the Hale Navy blue.
I mixed it well and painted a small piece of wood. I used little pieces of wood to compare each new shade to the other ones. If I thought it was too dark or too light I did the necessary adjustments by adding more white or more blue to my paint, always trying it on the little piece of wood FIRST before moving to the actual drawer.
I also kept a small container with each shade of blue I used, so they can be used in case some touch-up is needed during the project or in the future.
When I was happy with my first shade, I rolled two coats on the bottom drawer using my very favorite foam roller.
This roller makes a very smooth finish and it’s the closest you can get to a spray painted finish.
I repeated the process for the other four shades, always painting small pieces of wood before painting the drawer, and saving a little container of each shade.
I sealed the finished piece with Polycrylic spray, satin.
And here is the final result!
Have you got a similar piece? Are you planning to do your own ombré dresser? Let me know if I can help! Also, here are some of my other painted furniture transformations from my blog.
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Thanks for reading!
Patricia Rios @The Wood Spa.
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