Tip Talkin Tuesday: Post 6- Roll With It Baby!

I got a break from distressing this week and finally got to paint this Mid-Century Dresser! My client will be using it as a changing table in her modern nursery and she chose a sleek gray finish. Now, I love doing sleek finishes, but they do require more precision work. Given the need for precision and the large, flat surface areas on this piece, I chose to use a roller for most of the project. In fact, the only thing I used a brush for was the spade cut outs and the legs. I’ve been wanting to share some tips on using a roller for a while so I figured this was the perfect opportunity!



Now, before I show you the after photos, I have a video tutorial for you!  It’s actually my first video tutorial so please, be sweet ;) It’s nothing  fancy! No cool editing or snazzy music in the background, just live shooting. If you can find it in your heart to look past  my unruly hair {I’ve learned not to fight it on humid days!} and my southern drawl, I’ll have many more videos to share with you! I already have a few technique shoots up my sleeve! I’m gonna have fun with it and I hope you’ll join me!




Shew! Now that we made it through that…can I tell you how much I’m in love with this shade of gray? It’s Gray Shower by Benjamin Moore and it made me want to makeover a room in my house with it!!  As always, I mixed it with Webster’s Chalk Paint Powder™. After priming my roller, I apply the paint liberally, from one end of the piece to the other. I pick up my roller and do the same, overlapping the previous area, until the surface is covered. Same with the top coat. I allow the weight of the roller to do the work for me. Remember, pressing too hard can cause roller marks too! The hardware was painted by my husband with Chevy White {ahhh, the perks of being married to an auto painter}. I finished it with a more satin version of my custom clear. The end result is super sleek, modern, and fun! I can’t wait to see this with pops of color in the nursery!

MID CENTURY DRESSER AFTER by A to Z Custom Creations

MID CENTURY DRESSER AFTER by A to Z Custom Creations

MID CENTURY DRESSER AFTER by A to Z Custom Creations

MID CENTURY DRESSER AFTER by A to Z Custom Creations

Painted Hardware by A to Z Custom Creations

MID CENTURY DRESSER AFTER by A to Z Custom Creations


MID CENTURY DRESSER AFTER by A to Z Custom Creations

painted hardware by A to Z Custom Creations

I hope you’ll give rolling a try! I promise, it will save you time and product once you master it! I’d LOVE to feature your inspired projects, so feel free to share them with me!


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  1. You are absolutely a doll!! Perfect video tutorial!! And the dresser is fabulous!!

  2. oh my gosh you are soooooo cute! I loved your video!! The piece looks amazing!

  3. Video tutorial was fantastic! You’re a natural :D The furniture came out really nice, I love that color. One question, for the details on the front, did you hand brush? I can’t think of how to get a roller in there! heh… great job !

  4. Love it! Thanks for the info!!!

  5. Angela, You did an amazing job with your video tutorial. I learned something, as always from you. The furniture piece was beautiful.

  6. Terrific video..you nailed it, a star is born..lol
    can’t wait for the next one. How did you mix the clear to be satin?

  7. Great job on your video!! You’re adorable and I’m right there w/ ya on just doing it! We all work too many hours painting furniture to be taking on another job in filming and I think everyone appreciates the help either way.

    • Thank you so much Shelly! The hard truth is, I own more clothes with paint than I do without and I rarely do my hair during the week anymore! I’m a little excited to just “be” and share! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  8. Sherry Henson says:

    As always the dresser is awesome. You did a great job on the video also!! Keep them coming!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. I so want to hug your neck!

  10. The dresser turned out great! Thanks for the tutorial, you did a wonderful Job! I’ve never tried using a roller when painting a piece of furniture, let alone heard of priming the roller, but I will definately try it on my next project. Guess you never grow too old to learn something new! Thanks.

    • Oh! Siggie, you’re right! We never stop learning! I’m so glad you found the post helpful and I wish you all the best on your future rolling endeavors!

  11. You are absolutely beautiful and you did a fantastic video tutorial! Thank you much!

  12. Fantastic tutorial. I am going to try it today, with Websters and Poly.
    Thanks so much.

  13. Hi Angela, I’m so glad you found me on twitter because now I’ve found you and wanted to let you know that your blog is very helpful. I’ve been painting for two years now and loving it. Most of the mid century pieces I do require a super smooth finish and now that the business is growing, I’m trying new ways to get that smooth finish (without having to buy a spray gun). So a question: what was the exact product that you added to your roller? Thanks so much!

    • Hi Martha! I’m sure glad we found each other too ;) Thank you for your sweet compliments! The product I used to prime my roller in the video was a custom mixed clear coat. I use two products by Modern Masters, Minwax Polycrylic and cut it with about 10% water. I mix it in batches and mix in more or less Polycrylic when I want more of a satin finish. I know it seems crazy but I’ve never been able to find the “perfect” sheen in a pre-mixed clear! I realize that was just about as clear as mud! Please feel free to email me if you have any more questions! All the best!


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