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How to Paint a Trompe L'oeil Landscape on a Dresser (page 2 of 4)

Learn how to revive an old dresser by painting a colorful landscape design.

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Create Primer and Apply

Mix black acrylic paint and white gesso to create a gray primer. Gesso is a traditional primer for furniture that adheres well to wood and self-levels for a smooth surface. Paint the entire piece with a solid, smooth layer of the mixture.

Apply the Bottom Color

When the gesso is dry, paint the first color; we used Sherwin-Williams Tupelo Green. Apply the color on all the legs and onto the dresser about 1/4 to 1/3 of the way up. Feather the top edge to soften the transition between colors.