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Antique Dresser with layers of color and texture

I scored this antique dresser from an estate sale for an elderly German lady. She used it to store linens.
I think it saw allot more use before that duty though ;)

The top drawer for sure had wore a deep groove in the runner rail, I refilled with wood filler and sanded smooth once dry After repairs my first task is a deep clean especially on these old pieces. It was hand scrubbed with warm water, soap and some TSP and hosed till water runs clear then left overnight to dry.

Seeing it had lots of wear I choose a finish that would be in keeping with the age yet work with the years of service. Fusion Mineral Paint in coal black was mixed with their fresco for a textured paint and it was applied by brush in a random pattern all over the drawers and body.

Next layer once dry was Fusion Mineral Paint's little lamb and fresco

and again randomly applied by brush

I wish I knew the code for this dresser stamped on the back
Fusion Mineral Paint lamp white then went all over and left to dry

Fusion fresco fun shelves

I had a plan to makeover these boring dull resin wall shelves in an old world look. Easiest way to achieve this is to use Fusion Mineral paint's fresco, a powder added right into Fusion Mineral paint that creates amazing texture.

My first attempt I mixed the fresco powder with water and stippled on followed by a coat of milk paint once dry.  

I wanted to try to get a crackled appearance as well that would reveal the blue milk paint under what was to be my top coat of cream but after applying the crackle glaze there was a lesson mishap. All the layers as they began to dry popped right off. It seems the water in the fresco even though dry to the feel still was there and combined with the crackle medium did not like each other.

Time to scrap off the pieces and scrub the shelves back up to start again. I added this portion to the post to share my lesson learned and prevent you from having the same issue.

Use the product correctly... For the ultimate in adhesion, mix the fresco powder with Fusion Mineral paint and stipple on. I chose to mix it with chocolate.

I let this coat dry well overnight and covered the textured surface with limestone. Once dry a light sanding revealed the dark chocolate but lets not stop there.

Homestead house, the parent company of Fusion, has new wax colors out. I chose black and espresso to work into the chocolate/limestone to age and give further dimension.

 PERFECT, these ugly wall shelves are now the perfect old world plaster look.

Please note that although this post is Fusion Mineral paint sponsored, all opinions are my own. No monetary compensation has been received. The links are for your convenience to learn more about these great products.

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