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Rae Dunn Inspired Bread Box

If you haven't heard of Rae Dunn you may not be a farmhouse style fan. This uber popular line of kitchen decor is so simple yet so classic. Bright white with crisp black narrow font gives a universal appeal to almost any style kitchen. Follow me as I take a solid wood bread box and give it a "Rae Dunn" inspired makeover.

These solid wood bread boxes can be found everywhere but they are just so boring and generic. The simple smooth styling however is perfect for the inspired makeover I have in mind.

I first taped off the inside edges wanting to leave the interior the natural wood finish.

I am excited to try my new 2" angled Fusion paint brush as well on this project.

Using Fusion Mineral Paint in picket fence, a crisp white, I applied 3 coats. White is notorious for requiring more coats for an opaque coverage. After each coat I lightly sanded to keep a soft smooth surface.

Now for the Rae Dunn inspired part, being a reduce reuse recycle person I cannot personally use th…

Classic Black Antique Dresser

A childhood friend brought her Grandma's antique dresser to me for a reloving. Growing up, it was never a favorite of hers but once it was passed on to her she did not want to throw it out and thought perhaps we could make it pretty. I loved it from first sight and knew it could be made gorgeous.

I went with classic black as my color choice. She had loved this dresser I did for my middle daughter so felt it would be the right pick.

As per my usual look I wanted to keep the wood top stained. I started this process with a thick cot of paint stripper and a few different grits of sandpaper to bring it back to the natural wood. A good scrub for everything and let dry.

Keeping the classic black theme, I went with Homestead House's new stain and finishing oil all in one in ebony to rehydrate, stain and seal the beautiful wood grain. I used 4 coats with usually overnight dry time and fine sponge sanding between coats.

the one side and a bit on the top had bad damage on the veneer so had to be filled (shown above) then sanded smooth

The base and mirror frame only needed one coat of Fusion Mineral Paint 's coal black. The original dark finish helped keep it to one coat.

A good sanding distressed the edges perfectly and kept the aged charm.

All the painted areas were given a good coat of Homestead House black furniture wax to deepen the color and add a old fashioned wax sheen to the stunning dresser.

black wax is on the middle drawer..

and the original hardware brass polished up beautifully (above top)

Once all put back together with the drawer slides waxed

painted beautiful

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  1. That turned out great. Love the black finish with just a slight distressing. Classic look. Pinning. Thanks for sharing at To Grandmas House We Go Link Party.

  2. What a beautiful makeover - so classy painted black. I love how you kept that beautiful grain on the top with ebony stain. Lovely! pinned

    1. thank you , I love wood grain too and love to keep where I can!

  3. Cindy from Logan, OhAugust 08, 2017 9:25 AM

    I'm not one for painting or changing an antique to anything other than what it was when it was made. I like the antique look of old furniture and what it was intended to be. But I have to say this dresser is beautiful. You done a fantastic job on it. It looks like it was black to start with. And it didn't really change the look of the piece like most painted looks too. Just the right amount of distressing look makes it look real and used.
    Great job. You should be very proud of this piece.

    1. thank you so much for your kind words, I do try and keep them looking old and keep wood grain where I can ;)

  4. Beautiful job! Was the mirror just dirty intially or did you do something to it to make it look new again?

    1. I believe just dirty, good scrub always is in order for this old gems ;)

  5. At first I thought you painted the whole thing and I wanted to cry because of that gorgeous top. SO glad you kept the top natural, it looks great, classic but modern.

    1. thanks, I keep wood grain when I can for sure, it has such beauty ;)

  6. Absolutely beautiful! You did a terrific job!


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