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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

The Fab Furniture Flippin' August Contest™ with D Lawless Hardware

The Fab Furniture Flippin' August Contest™ is sponsored by D Lawless Hardware. This hardware company is a family run business in the States that has a superior customer service base. I have had questions in the past about crazy obsolete hardware pieces and they always can find me the answer and what to look for if they do not carry.

The theme for this month's contest is "Class It Up". I had the perfect piece for that, an almost new but been thru a storm dresser I purchased from a local online site. The gal claimed her new dresser ended up looking like this when picked up from storage, perhaps the trailer tipped? ;) Scratches and gouges in the wood, a missing handle.. poor thing, it needed classing up for sure.

I was so stoked to find these amazing label pulls, which I have been always hoping to use, in the exact size of this dresser's existing holes on D Lawless Hardware site. However when I went to start painting I thought I best check again the measurements. Darn, those listed were outside measurements, not the center to center but not to worry, wood filler to the rescue. I had used it extensively on the scratches too.

Once sanded and scrubbed well it was time to paint. I chose a navy chalk paint for the first step. I went with a random pattern hoping for subtle texture
 and then some additional dimension with a black wax (clear shown below but chose shadow black)

the black directly over the navy did deepen the color immensely but added to the classy rich navy coloring
this all natural wax takes much longer to dry so was left for many days with a light buffing every few days.
then the package arrived fro D Lawless and what a fabulous bunch of goodies it had, lots for other projects but you can see the sweet label pulls
 stay tuned for projects using the other cup pulls, round knobs and casters (have you tried to find casters for antiques?? it is a challenge but of course Lawless carries a variety!)
 my trusty assistant (ok husband) drilled a wee pilot hole and installed the sweet pulls and wahlaa..
 here it is
 I love the vintage file cabinet look on this classic color and style, this piece has been "classed up"!
 I envisioned in a child's room with the drawers marked for ease of finding but also reading skills
 5 full sliding drawers with safety stops make it a perfect addition to a child's room

 LOVE the vintage look pulls, thank you D Lawless Hardware for a perfect match

If you want to see more of the projects in this months contest check out Stacy's page or Colleen's page;  all are at the bottom of either page and if YOU want to participate in a future challenge contact

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  1. You knocked it out of the park with that hardware! Love the industrial yet elegant look!

  2. What a beautiful job. I love the dark blue with the classic pulls. Beautiful


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