FYI- My daughter picked out the knobs, not my first choice but worked. 🙂

I went all out on the Harry Potter birthday party because one of my girls really liked Harry Potter and wanted a Harry Potter themed room.  Naturally, she wanted to be in Gryffindor so I painted her room yellow.  I wasn’t sure what to do with her dresser.  It was solid wood and white, so the decision was to use a color and try to age it or strip it and stain it, aging as well.  The idea of trying to strip this was too daunting for me.  I totally took the easy way out! However, I was leaning towards painting because she also has an old desk in her room and I didn’t want it to get too brown.

Please, for the love of all that is holy, take the hardware off!  NO!  You cannot paint around them.  If you want to age your hardware as well, you can put them back on before you start the staining process………but not before.

I got bright red chalk paint and general finishes antique walnut gel stain.  I kept the chalk paint kind of thick so you could see the brush strokes.  The dresser doesn’t look great here but once you put the stain on, it covers imperfections well.  I went in one direction just because I thought it looked better.

I researched and watched several youtube videos on how to age using a stain.  There is a guy that has a 4 stage process to using a stain.  I started off using the 4 step process but then ended up going with 2.  I used a paint brush to apply a layer of stain.  When you apply, you don’t apply a little bit, you cover the piece in stain.  It dries fast so you will want to have your clothe ready to wipe away the excess.  I started wiping gently and took a little away at a time.  If you feel like you need more because you took too much off, add more with your paint brush and wipe off.  The first picture is without stain, the second is with stain.





I didn’t use a whole lot of stain because I wanted to red to show but I could have done this a couple more times if I wanted a darker effect.

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Hogwarts Express painting tutorial coming soon!