Little Dresser makeover with Kristi Kuehl Pure Home paint

Almost all of my projects are custom orders, which means my clients bring me their pieces and I paint them in the color and finish they choose. The good side of it, is that I know several weeks in advance what will be my workload and approximately how much I’m going to make that month. On the other hand, I don’t get to experiment with different colors and new products very often.

Some times I crave for a break from my custom orders so I can just do whatever I want, and that is why I was so excited when Kandice from Just the Woods invited me to try Kuelhl Pure Home paint. I’ve followed Kandice’s blog for a long time, but only recently I learned that this is basically the only brand of products she uses to paint her beautiful pieces. I couldn’t wait to try! I chose three shades of blue. Bygone blue, Memphis Blue and Sailor. Yeah, by now you must know about my eternal crush on blue 🙂


This little dresser/cabinet was in my storage for over a year, but I had never found the time to get to it. This was the perfect opportunity.


I read all about the paint before starting my project, and one of the things that made me a little nervous was the fact that I wouldn’t need to prime my piece. I ALWAYS prime my pieces to make sure the paint will bond, and also to prevent wood bleeding. It took me a lot of courage to apply the paint right on the wood, but it all went fine.  I made sure to prep the dresser really well by light sanding and cleaning it like a maniac.

Here is how I did it:

I started by light sanding and cleaning the piece with TSP (three times!)

Since this is a quite thick paint, I kept a container of water to wet my paintbrush occasionally. This works wonders to get a good coverage on both coats and avoid brush marks.


I started with Memphis Blue on the inside of the cabinet and drawers.

I painted the outsides of the drawers in Bygone blue.


For all the other areas, the color was Sailor.



After one coat.

For the front of drawers, door and panels on the sides, I decided to give it an ocean/coastal look, so I layered the three shades of blue starting with the lightest of them and adding the other colors using the sides of a flat artist brush. I added some water to the paint to give me more time to work. (The base color you see on the drawer is a mix of all three shades).

Adding Bygone Blue
Adding Memphis Blue


Adding Sailor

I also bought new hardware especially for this cutie. How nice are these glass knobs I got from Etsy? They are supposed to glow in the dark, but I still haven’t checked if they do.

New glass knobs

Finally I sealed everything with a water-based poly.

This was so much fun! I had to go totally out of my comfort zone by using no primer, and painting the entire piece with a paint brush. I have to say, I LOVED both the process and the result.

Let me know what you think!








You can buy Kristi Kuehl Pure Home paint and other products here.

Thanks for reading!


P.S. This is not a sponsored post and there are no affiliate links, which means I’m not making any money if you purchase KK Pure Home products. All opinions are 100% mine.



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It all started in the spring of 2013. I realized how tired I was to see my house entirely decorated with IKEA stuff. Nothing against IKEA, but after 12 years, I just needed some change. I wanted stylish, original furniture, but noticed that everything I liked from retail stores was way out of my budget. Thanks to Google, Youtube, and a couple of amazing blogs, I was able to discover and explore the world of furniture refinishing, and it was the beginning of my addiction. I now spend my days rescuing old, dull, unwanted pieces of furniture to give them a fresh look so they can be displayed, used and loved again for many more years to come. Thanks for stopping by.

10 thoughts on “Little Dresser makeover with Kristi Kuehl Pure Home paint

  1. Absolutely lovely! I love experimenting and learning as I go along. I do have a question, I’m refinishing a piece and using General Finish paint. It is thick but all the reviews say it levels out very well all by itself however I’ve not found this to be the case. I’ve tried a regular brush and foam brush but I get brush marks, I’ve tried a foam roller and that “dimple” look. What would you suggest?


    1. Hi Beatriz, I don’t usually use paintbrushes on my projects but I’ve learned a thing or two that work really well for me.
      1. Thin your paint with a few drops of water. Even if you have to apply three or more coats of paint. More thin coats of paint instead of fewer thick coats will minimize brush marks.
      2. Use a high-quality brush. Purdy is my favorite. I also bought a cling-on brush by Country Chic paint that I love.
      3. Embrace the beautiful look a few brush marks leave on the piece. They are not necessarily a bad thing. If your piece is nicely prepared and neatly painted, the brush marks will just add character to it.

      Regarding foam rollers, not all brands have the same performance. I like the ones sold by Ace hardware and stay away from the Home Depot ones.
      Add some water to your paint before using the roller.
      Soak up your foam roller with paint until it is wet on the inside as well. Then you remove the excess and start rolling.
      I hope this helps.
      Good luck!


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