True North Strong and Free.

Sometimes I even surprise myself.  Take a look. Inspired by Canadian heritage - this is my 'True North Strong and Free' Dresser.  She is a beaut - but she took some work.

Beautifully constructed Hepworth dresser style#88 transformed from and Ugly Duckling into a real beauty using Fusion Mineral Paint

Beautifully constructed Hepworth dresser style#88 transformed from and Ugly Duckling into a real beauty using Fusion Mineral Paint

I love this one.  But it tested me to the limit.

When the stain is just not going away - grab Shellac.

When the stain is just not going away - grab Shellac.

This beast had a nasty red stain all around the edges.  I was pretty sure it was going to bleed through the Concealer (a brilliant product from Fusion Mineral Paint made using the leftovers of the paint making process).  Concealer really helps with a big colour change - plus it is half the price of the paint, so thrifty too.  I knew I should have used Shellac first.  But I didn't have any on hand.  Silly me.  

I really should follow my own advice.  A little prep saves heartache later.  So this one got a light sand and clean, a coat of Ultra Grip from Fusion (because it was pretty shiny), a test of Concealer - yes it bled like mad - Shellac, Concealer, 2 coats of Limestone from Fusion, stripes in Liberty Blue, Prairie Sunset and Fort York Red, again all lovely Fusion Mineral paint.  I finished the top with the Clear Tough Coat, a wonderful wipe on poly that dries hard as nails and has a nice matt finish.

The size of this thing is astounding.  The quality of the build is just wonderful.

The size of this thing is astounding.  The quality of the build is just wonderful.

I added Rope Handles and some painted Boat Cleats. To finish it off, rope wrapped legs and boom.  One transformed dresser.  She was so ugly before, that my cameral literally would not work!  But now.  Well I think its a bit of a WOW item!

The finished product.

The finished product.

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