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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
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furniture spa day

I put a post on my Facebook page yesterday about the importance of a furniture spa day. There are many steps before the actual fun painting part of a relove that goes into the success of the piece.

In order to get in the painting line up, ALL my pieces get a well deserved spa day, sometimes it starts with an exfoliation which can be minimal to extreme, some get a chemical peel followed by an intense body scrub in every crevice! Some pieces then need a bit blemish repair while some need a few more cosmetic fixes but rest assured, each piece has had a refreshing spa day before they start their relove makeover.
I think this step is huge, giving the piece a fresh new start; sometimes removing years of grunge and allows the paint to adhere properly. The repairs bring it back to original, just a few steps in the relove process wink emoticon



 handy orbital sander to exfoliate
sometimes a chemical peel is required
 potions and repair tools
then good scrubbing, thanks to my husband who insisted on the fancy drain system in my workshop and the hot/cold water in my garden hose, these both make this job so much easier

 the pieces now relax and dry well before the paint process begins


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