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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

Country Chic Blog Squad #4 Tropical Cocktail dresser

Welcome to another Country Chic blog squad post, tropical cocktail is the feature color on a sweet sized dresser. This solid wood dresser was formerly spray painted with rustoleum spray paint in green and navy but with the adorable legs and front curves it was begging for a softer color, hello tropical cocktail!

and here is the dresser before, photo courtesy of the seller
 one of the problems with spray paint is overspray however better masking off would have helped
 luckily 80 grit sandpaper helps too
spray paint notoriously leaves drip marks too which had to all be sanded down and if you miss some they are magnified by fresh paint, ask me how I know? ;)
 on goes the first coat of tropical over the royal blue spray paint
 the edges wanted to be distressed but I was not feeling this look so repainted

 on to the green drawers

quality control on site for the 2nd coat wrap up, leaving overnight to dry
the next day tough coat went on before a mixture of white glaze dry brushed over when it was dry, this step needs good dry time so not to lift the glaze.

as for the hardware, this dresser had 12 new knobs but black. this will not work for my beachy fresh feel so they got a good scrub, dry, spray primer and multiple coats of glossy white.. spray paint, the only thing I use spray paint for ;)

After a couple more coats of tough coat to keep this piece durable for little people it was time to put back together and stage up, LOVE this color!!


this would look awesome with the sweet little wagon shelf I did in the same colors

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  1. Your choice of color for your dresser sure has my admiration. Can't seem to get myself away from beachy colors. Have them in our living room, walls are very light gray, white, aquas and some coral to soften. Was quite a difference from original room.
    How nice you receive products to use for demonstrations of your projects. Bloggers have to work so hard you deserve some perks.
    Your dresser turned out so pretty and happy looking, soft also.
    Have wonderful rest of week.

  2. thank you for your kind words srpprcrftr ;)


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