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Inspiration can come from anyone

After watching YouTube, I want a pink ombré dresser, I really do.
We all watch YouTubers, who seemingly, without effort, create works of art. I love the way Crys’Dawna at Bella Renovare effortlessly blends.
She uses colour with such panache and without fear. Well, I leapt in with both feet, without her experience and her technique, my mistake. Ended up with the opposite of what I want.
Now I have to fix it, so we start from scratch.
project before

Step 1 – Prepare the dresser

I had already thoroughly cleaned this dresser and removed the hardware, so I skipped to sanding.
This piece of furniture being heavy, I left it in my room to work on it!
Fortunately, Colorantic’s paint does not smell bad and is not toxic, so I was able to sleep there anyway!
I sanded generously, and wiped off the dust. For the rest, I put two coats of Colorantic oil primer, I sanded between each coats.

Step 2 – The creation 🎨

I loved the Peony color unfortunately, I had too little left for my project! (Peony was an custom/experimental/seasonal colour)
So I mixed Peony (limited edition color) and Dusty rose, so I got a nice shade of pink in enough quantity to work!
Do not hesitate to have fun with the colors!


The colors from top to bottom are: Ballerina, Dusty rose , 1: 1 ratio of Dusty rose and Peony (DP), and finally Peony.
I had a different brush (4 brushes) for each colour and in between coats, I kept the brushes in their own ziploc bag.
I put 2 coats of each colour where I wanted them to better visualize my transition
areas. Blending looks easy, but it’s not, so just do a small bit at a time.
The technique is to take your brush with Peony and put a thin layer of paint to the bottom of the Peony and (DP) transition line and then take your (DP) brush and put a little paint above that line.
Then with the Peony brush go vertical, in circles and then do the same with the (DP).
Meanwhile keep your paint moist with your spray bottle. Now take your dry 55mm brush and continue to blend and soften by going vertical, circles and horizontal until you don’t see a hard line.
Make sure you clean off your blending brush with a clean rag as you go. Then go to the next transition line. Continue this process until the dresser is done.


Étape 3 – La finition

To complete the project, I used Colorantic matte varnish, all over the dresser.
Then I rubbed natural wax on the drawer slides for smoother movement, put on new decorative handles, and it was done!
I really wanted a pink dresser, and I absolutely loved the ombre effect.
It’s not a perfect ombre, but I have no more peony to try again.
I guess we’ll be revisiting this dresser at a later date, with something new.
Until next time have fun!
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Gillian Peddie



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