Vintage Dresser Makeover

I’ve been taking care of my sick little one all week and except for putting a few vintage pieces in the online shop, I haven’t really been able to accomplish too much work wise.

So I thought I would share the makeover of a pretty little vintage dresser that I completed a few weeks ago. antica-5 I found this dresser in a thrift store and I thought it had good bones.  

I loved the original wheels and the little keyholes in the top two drawers.

All the drawers worked and were dove tailed so i knew it was a piece worth salvaging.img_1238The top had a piece of glass on it and when I removed it there was a high gloss sheen where it had been and a lot rough spots that would be difficult to paint over.

I decided to strip the top and start with a clean surface.

I don’t usually do this, but in this case a sanding just wasn’t going to get it smooth enough.

After two coats of stripping agent and a sanding, the top was smooth, but not a very pretty color. img_1327 I applied General Finishes Java Gel Stain and once dry gave it a second coat and sealed it with Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil.

I painted the body of the piece in Miss Mustard Seed’s Mora Milk Paint.

After cleaning out the drawers with some Spic And Span and water, I decided they needed a little paint too.

So I used General Finishes Persian Blue for a little contrast. antica-6 After the paint was dry, I gave it a light sanding, distressing it in a few areas. medieval I finished it with a product I had never tried before, but was instantly in love with – Miss Mustard Seed’s Lavender Scented Furniture Wax.

Not only did have a wonderful scent, but it went on buttery smooth.

I love how this piece turned out and I hope you enjoyed the makeover.

The dresser will be for sale in my shop this month at Sweet Clover Barn in Frederick, MD.

Fondly, Michelle  

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