Blushing Pink Dresser

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For this furniture flip, I took a tired old dresser and turned it into a blushing pink beauty. Here’s how I achieved this soft, barely-there look.


The first step in any painting job is to prepare the surface, no matter what you are working on. Make sure all areas to be painted are clean and free from greases or dirt. Then sand smooth, scuffing up “shiny” wood in order for the paint to have something to grab onto, and level out any bumps or blemishes. 

After cleaning and sanding, I applied a coat of Zinsser Bulls Eye SealCoat all over. This not only seals the surface of the dresser but also acts as a bonder and water-resistant barrier.

PHOTO: Before, drawers removed. 


For the base, I applied 2 coats of General Finishes Seagull Gray Milk Paint, drying between coats.

o obtain the blush pink, I mixed up Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint in Clean Canvas and Appalachian Sunset, adding in some General Finishes Extender to make it a thinner consistency. Once I achieved the color I wanted, I brushed the pink onto the edges of the doors and under the knob areas using a foam brush. With a soft cloth, I blended the pink into the gray but left the hint of pink in those areas.

Clean Canvas and Appalachian Sunset create pink

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Brush on pink and blend with rag

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Hint of pink left on edges and where knobs go



I created a custom gray glaze using General Finishes Glaze Effects in Clear Base.  You can make any paint color into a translucent glaze by mixing it with the clear base. Glaze goes over a painted surface to add dimension or a wash of a complementary color.

For the glaze on this dresser, I used a mix of Seagull Gray and Driftwood Milk Paint mixed with the clear base. I mixed the two grays because I wanted my glaze to be darker than the underlying Seagull Gray, but not too dark, as I wanted a soft look for this piece. The paint /glaze ratio should be 50/50.

I brushed the glaze on with a foam brush one section at a time, and then I wiped it off with a soft rag leaving behind a light wash of the gray color.


Next, I wanted to add a little “fairy dust shimmer” to this dresser. General Finishes Champagne Pearl Effects was just the magic I needed. Using a cheap, scruffy chip brush, I lightly brushed the Pearl across the surfaces of the dresser.  Perfect!

The last step of painting is topcoat, so I added 3 coats of General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in Satin finish to protect it all.

Lightly brush Champagne Pearl Effects

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Pearl Effects add a subtle shimmer



Though the original knobs on this dresser were in fine condition, this project called for some sparkle. I found these 30mm pink crystal knobs on Amazon, and they are so pretty on the completed dresser!

Sparkly pink knobs add the final touch
After topcoat, add knobs

Here is the finished look! I love how it all came together.

P.S. That's my nosy cat Lynard!

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