[Union] Jack Attack! July 14, 2011 DIY, Thrift Store Finds 21 Comments 8589 I am sooo excited to share this project with you today! It’s the first time I’ve attempted any kind of extra special finish aside from solid paint. The lucky winner was this poor dresser I got for my brother about 6 months ago. I bought it with the intention of refinishing it, but I was waiting for some sort of grand vision for his room to hit me. Right now it’s sort of a collection of any leftovers we had around the house-meaning nothing really goes together. Not that he cares, but I do. Eventually he’ll move out and I want to be left with a space that could translate to a guest room. Inspired by Miss Mustard Seed’s Union Jack creation, I got to work lightly sanding and painting the whole thing SW Naval. Using SW Stolen Kiss, I painted the first part of the flag. Using SW Creamy, I painted white stripes. At one point I started using painter’s tape, but I found that I liked the look of the freehand better. I went back over the lines with a brush and softened the edges. Keep in mind these colors look WAY bright in the can, but dry darker. Still, I knew I wanted to glaze to take the edge off. After some allover distressing with a medium/coarse grit block, I took some 100 grit paper and really worked on the edges. For glaze, I decided to try some DecoArt Antiquing Medium (which I used for my chalkboard frame) instead of Minwax stain. Breaking news: I LIKE IT BETTER! Yes, I’m giving up my Dark Walnut as a furniture glaze. I like that the DecoArt doesn’t smell, it cleans with water, and it feels more like paint…I found it much easier to work with. After the glaze dried, I used natural wax (still want to try dark wax) to finish the piece. I am having a serious love affair with paste wax! It’s amazing! Here’s the finished product: I replaced the hardware with some smaller hammer-ish finish oil rubbed bronze knobs, a steal at $0.99/ea! Up close shot… I’m so proud of it (do you mind me saying so?) This piece is inspiring a whole room makeover which I’ll share as I go along! I’m still looking for wall colors… ******Linked HERE******* 21 Responses Sandie July 14, 2011 That is awesomesauce. I love it! Reply Ashley @ DesignBuildLove.co July 14, 2011 looks fantastic! LOVE the design and the distressing totally gives it character… not to mention the awesome knobs!!! Reply Kassi @ Truly Lovely July 14, 2011 Wow! MY brother would love that too! 🙂 Excited to see the new room! Reply Bella July 14, 2011 Hey Rachel, Love the dresser, A MILLION times better with the distressed walnut finish, totally awesome girl. I stopped by to tell ya, I loved your guest post at ALILLY, and FEATURED your BEACH TOTE yesterday!!! Come grab a button girl, and display it proudly! Hugs, Bella **Features from week #43 & 44** @ Bella Before and After **PARTY PLANNING TUESDAYS** @ Euro Style Cakes. Party planning tips, decorations, invitations, and recipes welcome to link up. Reply Kristin July 14, 2011 Wow! That really turned out super cool – I have to admit I was sceptical while I was reading, but the finished dresser is awesome! Reply michele July 15, 2011 love this–what a transformation! I’ve done a a union jack pillow, but now I want to add this designs to a piece of furniture–thanks for the inspiration! I would love it if you would share this at my linky party this week. Reply anna see July 15, 2011 You should be proud! Your dresser is amazing! Reply Kayla July 15, 2011 You did a fabulous job on the painting! It’s so bold, I love it! Reply Connie July 15, 2011 Great makeover! Love it! Reply Kate July 15, 2011 love it! Did you freehand the whole thing, or use some painters tape for the straight lines? How do you get the paint not to bleed under the painter’s tape? Thanks. Would love to give this a try sometime. Reply Lovely Crafty Home July 17, 2011 Kate- I did use tape, but I didn’t like the super straight lines so I went back over with a small brush. I didn’t have much bleed through, but since I went over it again anyways, I just fixed any mistakes. Reply Korrie@RedHenHome July 17, 2011 This is fabulous! Thanks for reminding me; this is a project I’ve wanted to try! Reply An Overdue Night Stand Makeover August 2, 2011 […] the intentions of refinishing them, and I have finally finished them all! It started with the Union Jack dresser, then I moved on to the nightstand. I wanted it to coordinate with the dresser, but not be too […] Reply The Pinterest Summer Challenge August 2, 2011 […] more details, check out the original post. I hope you’ll all visit the linky parties because there are so many great Pinterest […] Reply Bookshelf v. 2.0 August 4, 2011 […] next for his room: a wall color. Any suggestions? See more from this room here and here. Filed Under: DIY, Furniture Makeovers, Our House var zflag_nid="1303"; var […] Reply kirsti August 12, 2011 Very Cool Britannia….x Reply C.K. November 16, 2011 GORGEOUS !!! Reply Desk Redoux: Meet The Admiral March 28, 2012 […] had some SW Naval leftover from my Union Jack dresser. I got so excited about the navy on the gold, envisioning the furniture version of a uniform. It […] Reply Dutch Boy Paint Review May 11, 2012 […] to jump start this project! I finished his floors with the brown paper treatment and painted his dresser, nightstand, and bookshelf. But the old tan walls were just clashing with everything…it […] Reply Rachael And Restoration: Gilded Framed Collection May 14, 2012 […] decided to hang them above the Union Jack dresser in Ryan’s room (which is soon to be a guest room, as my brother is getting is own place next […] Reply Rachael and Restoration: Grey Washed Wicker July 23, 2012 […] out, and his room became the new guest room- with a totally different look. 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