A Modern Update On a Timeless Piece

Last summer, I was lucky enough to work on a piece for a client/friend.  In return for my work on the piece he gave me two amazing pieces that needed a bit of TLC.  I kept one of these pieces for a long time and at one point considered selling it.  For some reason I kept holding on to it, thinking I would do something to it at some point.  Well that day finally came.  

Here are some before pictures of this antique beauty...



The majority of the hardware was meaning, the keyholes were mismatched and whoever had painted the piece before, hadn't done a great job.  There were paint drips and spills all over the inside and outside of this piece.  Not to mention it had that old, musty smell some antique furniture picks up with age.  

However, she's a beauty.  The slats on the side....I'm always a sucker for those slats!  


I really fell in love with the little details, like the carving on top and the details in between each drawer.


I decided to strip the top.  The back was unfinished so I could see the piece was beautiful oak.  I was amazed at what I saw underneath that black paint.  The wood was in perfect condition and with a bit of elbow grease I had it looking brand new.  

I stripped the top, then sanded it with 100 grit, then 220, then 500 grit until it felt smooth.  After sanding I gave the top a coat Ebony stain by Rustoleum.  I wasn't happy with how it looked.  It was too dull and needed some contrast.  The darkness of the Ebony only picked up the dark grain in the Oak, so I added a coat of Red Mahogany and that's when the magic happened.  The wood, sparkled and had such depth.  I was happy I'd gone to all the work to strip and sand the top.  I sealed the top with two coats of wipe-on poly.

For the body, I went with a custom mix of Chalk Paint™by Annie Sloan.  I mixed, Louis Blue, Florence, a bit of Napoleonic Blue, Antibes Green and English Yellow to make a beautiful, deep blue.    To seal this beautiful color, I used clear wax by Annie Sloan on the entire dresser.  Then for the drawers, I made a mix of clear wax and Pure White Chalk Paint™ and wiped that on to give the drawers more depth and contrast.  The whole piece was distressed using 220 grit sandpaper to give it some age, but just a light amount of distressing was needed.  To give the dresser that final touch I added new drawer hardware by Martha Stewart from Home Depot.  

Here she is after all the work.....she's even prettier than before!



I couldn't be happier with the contrast between the custom blue and the stained wood.  Would you just look at those slats?!!


I think the drawer hardware works perfectly on this piece and gives it a modern, updated vintage style.....exactly what I was going for.


One of the details I fell in love with on this piece was the detail in between the drawers.  









The wood is beautiful on this piece.  I'm happy I was able to bring out a bit of the beautiful wood and still paint the rest of the piece.  Best of both worlds!





One thing I forgot to take a picture of was the insides of the drawers.  I painted the insides of each drawer in Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan in Coco.  It's a beautiful color combo!  

Also, to rid the piece of that old, musty smell this piece had acquired over time I coated the drawers and the inside of the dresser with Zinsser Shellac.  It's an easy solution for ridding furniture of stinky smells.  


This piece is a definite keeper.  It's going in our upstairs office, which is the last room in the house to be finished.  The hubby is getting impatient and tired of working in the junk room.  This has been the dumping ground for everything that doesn't have a home.  Now that I've finished this beautiful piece, I guess it's time to get to work on the upstairs office!  Wish me luck!  

I've been really busy working on projects this week.  It's been nice to get back to what I love to do.  I'll be sharing what I've been working on next week.  Lots of things to share.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.  I enjoy hearing from you and reading your comments, so keep them coming please!



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29 comments:

  1. This turned out fantastically! It's the type of piece I'd see in a store and buy on the spot, not even knowing where i could squeeze it in. I'm glad you are keeping it so I don't have to figure out how to ship it here! Haha.

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  2. Absolutely beautiful!!! I never would have used that hardware........and it is just perfect......good eye you have!!! Nice job!!!

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    1. Thank you! I love the hardware as well.

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  3. What a gorgeous makeover. Wish I lived close as I would definitely be buying your furniture. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I cannot get over how talented you are!!! This is absolutely gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you so much Julia! You're way too kind :-)

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  5. Beautiful! I love the custom color mix paired with the stained top.

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  6. What stunning piece! Stopping by from miss Mustard Seed's party today. Love this!

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    1. Thank you Denise! Thank you for stopping by from MMS!

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  7. How did you get the paint off the beautiful carved piece on the top?
    I love the final look. The pulls just add the perfect touch. I also love chalk paint but have had no luck with making my own. Have you? Should I just bit the bullet and pay what Annie Sloan is asking for hers? I have an mid-century dressing table I want to turn red but am afraid to attempt it until I find a usable paint. What are your ideas?

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    1. Janice...I used Formby's Refinisher and steel wool. It took a lot of time, but was well worth it. I have made my own chalk paint, but haven't been happy with the results. There are other chalk based paints out there, but I do love Annie's. The paint does go a long way. Do some research online and look at price points, most are around the same price. If you want a good paint, you can't beat Annie's paint.

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  8. Wow! This piece is gorgeous. Christen and Megan here from DIYswank we are apart of the SITS group. Looking forward to getting to know you. :)

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    1. Hi Christen and Megan! Thank you for stopping by!!! Looking forward to getting to know you two as well!

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  9. your dresser turned out gorgeous and i would love to feature it, if that would be ok please let me know
    lauren

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    1. Of course Lauren! Thank you so much :-)

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  10. I love the customer color mix you achieved Melody! I'm also a sucker for slats. In fact, I just did a small dresser in a plaid pattern and what sold me on it were the side slats.

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    1. Thank you Doreen! The slats get me every time! :-)

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  11. THIS. IS. GORGEOUS. And that color...how fun to be able to mix all those colors and come up with this amazing blue. LOVE that you brought back the oak top, although I am not a big fan of stripping when I have to do it! SITS Tribe Member here, and newest follower! Drooling over your work =) Marcy @ day2day SuperMom

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    1. Hi Marcy! Thanks for stopping by and for commenting. Looking forward to the new SITS tribe!

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  12. What an over the top beautiful transformation - loved it before too - but you knocked it right out of the ball park with the redo!!!
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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  13. I absolutely LOVE your work...of course! This piece is awesome!!!!!! I'm coming to your house one day so you can teach me to paint furniture... :)
    Thanks for linking up at Twirl & Take a Bow!!!! :)

    - Brooke -

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    1. Thanks so much Brooke! I really appreciate your kinds comments. I'd love to teach you how to paint! :-)

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