Two toned dressing table restored

with metallic highlights

full shot of dressing table all staged with stool and accessories


You can find these pretty feminine desks in thrift stores all over and they are well made and waiting to be repurposed into a desk or even recycled as a dresser. It really is just what every woman wants! Follow along to see how we turn this out dated piece into a two toned dressing table with metallic highlights.


The before dresser, orange toned wood in good condition.

List of supplies:

  1. TSP alternative
  2. Sandpaper
  3. Staalmeester brush
  4. Little Whale From the Tones for Tots range
  5. Stain and Finishing Oil in Cappuccino and Natural
  6. Chip brush
  7. Fusion Metallic – Vintage Metallic Gold 


This cute dressing table was in good sound condition. Our first step was to wash it down with TSP alternative and lightly scuff sand with our sanding pad. After wiping off the dust we removed the hardware. To find out more about prep click here.

two toned dressing table with metallic highlights - Fusion Mineral Paint

Removing hardwear before painting.



We decided on Little Whale a soft gentle French blue, such pretty colour, and one of the Jennylyns favourites. We always recommend a really good quality synthetic brush like our Staalmeester range, to help eliminate brushstrokes. Two coats of Little Whale was applied to the top and the body of the dressing table, leaving the drawers unpainted.


First coat of little whale being applied to the dressing table


The top of dresser being painted in Little Whale

one coat of Little Whale on dressing table

Restoring the wood grain

The drawers were removed and all the old finish was sanded off.

Sanding old finish off drawers


Fusions Stain and Finishing Oil in Capuccino and Natural were mixed to lighten the depth of Capuccino in a throwaway container. See more makeovers using Stain and Finishing Oil


mixing SFO capuccino and Natural

Mixing SFO

mixing to colour SFO


We used a chip brush to apply a generous amount of the mixed Stain and Finishing Oil to the raw wood surface.


applying SFO to bare wood


After leaving it to soak into the wood for 10/15 minutes all excess oil was removed with a link free cloth or an applicator pad.


Removing excess SFO

removing SFO with applicator pad


A simple way to bring out the beauty of the grain. This video tells you more about it.

Metallic highlights.

Adding the finishing touches to your projects is always the best part! And for this pretty piece, Vintage Metallic Gold from our Metallic range was chosen. We used one of The One series brushes to apply the metallic to the carved details on the dressing table.

applying the metallic paint to the highlights

Vintage Gold Metallic to detailed areas of the dressing table


Some new hardware was added and she was ready! These antiqued Gold handles were the perfect tone for this piece.


Pretty hardware on dressing table


Pretty in Blue

A few accessories and a cute stool and you have the prettiest dressing table for a walk-in closet or bedroom. Updated a thrift store find can be fun, therapeutic and great on your wallet!


staged dressing table fresco wall

full shot of dressing table all staged with stool and accessories


Isn’t she pretty? Have you tried this colour? Let us know


Before and after Pinterest Pin graphic

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