Before & After: The Dresser and the Orange Bottle

Centsational Girl

We're no stranger to saving a great piece of furniture by giving it a little love which in turn gives it a longer life. One thing we've always struggled with however, is brush strokes. For the most part we like to use a foam roller to help out with that, but there's an easier way — and it comes in a magical little orange bottle.

Over at the always lovely home decor blog Centsational Girl, Kate has been busy once again transforming another fabulous piece of furniture. She picked up this dresser and decided it needed to grace her entryway. She mixed up some paint from what she already had on hand and set to work, but not before adding in Floetrol.

In brief, Floetrol is a paint extender that allows your paint a little extra time before it dries. It can be especially helpful at this time of year, because not only does it allow brush strokes to fade away, but it also helps paint acclimate to the temperature of its environment. This can help prevent cracking or peeling and best of all — doesn't dilute your paint (meaning you don't need any extra coats!).

It's a great tip and her final result is out of sight. Check out Kate's full paint process, including tips on refurbishing hardware and filling in unsightly cracks or splits in the wood before she began.

Do you have a project you've been holding off on? Get it done before the holidays and make your place all that you want it to be!

Images: Centsational Girl