I purchased this great piece at an auction. It fit my criteria – top notch construction, solid wood, dove-tailed drawers and a lovely mirror, bonus!
I knew just what it needed to become extraordinary.
Of the nine drawers, only 4 were in perfect condition. The others had scratches or some other goober, (yes, I said goober). I also did not care for the reddish mahogany finish. It was time for an overhaul.
After removing all the hardware, I applied paint stripper to the 4 good drawers and the top of the dresser. Since I was going to re-stain these pieces, it was necessary to strip everything down to the bare wood. This is VERY important, because if you don’t, you’ll end up with a blotchy finish. Give the stripper time to do its magic and then scrape it off with a putty knife. It should come off in rolls.
After I removed the old stain, I wiped down the wood with mineral spirits to remove any stripper residue. A light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper was the final step before re-staining. I chose a Dark Walnut stain and a topcoat of MinWax for protection.
Now it was time to work on the painted pieces. Remember, the other drawers were not perfect. Two had missing wood on the corners. There are a couple of ways to fix this but I’ll show you what I did.
I used my small electric sander with 150 grit sandpaper to GENTLY feather the edge so it’s smooth all over. I could have filled it with putty but I wanted wood to show through when I sanded later.
Easy peasy nice and smooth!
After lots of sanding and cleanup, I was ready to break out the ole paintbrush. By the way, I don’t skimp on the quality of my brushes, yes – it does make that much difference. I painted using a creamy, off-white color. When the paint was dry to the touch, and this is my favorite part, I used sandpaper to scuff the edges to reveal the warm walnut color underneath. Shabby Chic furniture has such a cozy, time-worn feel. Ahhhhhhh…
Where was I? Oh yes, next up was the final step to perfection. Glaze. I apply the glaze with a brush as I would paint. I then “remove” the excess with a dry brush. The glaze I use softens the whites and brings even more character to each piece. The original hardware remains with this beauty and the drawer runners were waxed for extra smooth movement.
It now awaits a new home.
Why not treat yourself to something extraordinary