Wednesday, February 25, 2015

All the Charm of an Antique Dresser, Minus the Spiderwebs!

Pictures can be deceiving.  The photo that drew me to this majestic dresser posted on Craigslist was somewhat dark and grainy.  After making a quick call to the seller, I was on my way to look at what I thought was an old oak dresser.  Yes, I should have asked more questions before I got too excited but was worried that taking the time to ask questions would give another buyer a chance to say, "sold!  I'll be there in 10 minutes!"  It happens, a lot!  Used furniture sales are very competitive these days!  

So, I was a little disappointed when I arrived to discover that the dresser I had driven across town to see was a reproduction.  However, the drawers were dove-tailed and the piece was solid and clean.  A pretty dresser with great bones and drawers that opened and closed without needing any TLC!  So what if it wasn't old, I decided it was a perfect candidate for paint.  What a treat to not have to do any repairs, vacuum away cobwebs or scrape finger nail polish out of drawers!  I just hauled this big heavy dresser home, did a quick wipe down and got to work!

The color is a custom mix of 1 part French Linen to 1 part Old White.

I painted out the wood carved accents in Old White.  After a coat of Clear Wax, I used Annie Sloan's Dark Wax to further age and bring out the details in the carvings.

I removed the hardware and painted it in the custom soft grey mix and then waxed it just as I had the entire piece.  I considered painting the hardware in Old White like the carvings but decided that it would be overkill.  Sometimes less is more, as they say.

I have a confession to make.  I absolutely despise waxing the insides of cupboards and drawers.  I am not a contortionist.  So, even when I've chosen to seal a piece of furniture with wax, I find Artisan Enhancements Clear Topcoat Sealer to be ideal for sealing any paint finish on the interior of the piece.  Just brush it on, let it dry for 24 hours and apply a second quick coat.  No more standing on my head to buff out wax on the top of a cupboard's interior!

I am really loving how this piece transformed.  It may not be antique but I think it now has just as much charm and character as any 100 year old piece pulled out of a decrepit farm house, minus the mold, mildew and spiderwebs!

Thank you for your sweet visit today!

Best Wishes and Blessings,

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DD's Cottage said...

Very pretty and charming!

Amanda said...

Thank you so much, DD! Always so nice to hear from you! I hope you have a lovely week!

Victoria Kirton said...

gorgeous piece. I love the details

Diena Cameron said...

That dresser is beautiful, i love the colors and especially the raised parts. What in the world made you paint the hardware ??? I love that, i think it really adds to the "look of an Antique " ! Like it had been painted over and over through out the years. :D Great decisions. Have a wonderful weekend.

Sweet Auburn Life said...

It's a beautiful piece, antique or no. I love your colour choices. Painting the carved details in Old White really shows them up. You did a super job!

Beth @ Mary Beth's Place said...

I am in love with this dresser - regardless of how old it is! Love the color, wax, hardware - everything! Great job and I admire your attention to detail!

Amanda said...

Thank you, Victoria! Have a wonderful weekend!

Amanda said...

Thank you, Diena! Well, I often leave old hardware as is, especially if it has a nice patina but these were too new looking and brassy for the vintage look I wanted. ASCP works so well for painting hardware. The pulls have a beautiful style to them. I knew they would be lovely painted! Have a great weekend!

Amanda said...

Thank you so much! Lovely to hear from you. Have a wonderful weekend.

Amanda said...

Thank you so much for your kind words, Beth. Have a lovely weekend!

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Stunning! This post would be perfect for my "Let's Talk Vintage!" post today... because it certainly looks vintage and you repainted it to look so.

Nice job... I have yet to try any of the chalk paints and waxes. This inspires me! :)

Katrin mdmB said...

This dresser looks absolutely gorgeous.

The Charm of Home said...

You do the best work Amanda! Beautiful! Thank you for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

Amanda said...

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind comment! I hope you do get to try Chalk Paint soon! I think you'd love it!

Amanda said...

Thank you so much, Katrin! Have a wonderful day!

Amanda said...

Thank you, Sherry! I always love sharing at Home Sweet Home each week! I'll be over shortly...just as soon as I finish up my post today! I am a bit behind! Have a wonderful afternoon!