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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

Antique Dresser in Homestead House Cappuccino & Champlain Milk Paint

A trip to the local thrift store found this antique beauty just begging for me to take it home. It is a solid well made tall boy made by Hammond Furniture, a Canadian company.

 The inset wood design on the top drawer front caught my eye seeing it restored to its original luster.

I stripped the drawer front and top and sanded smooth to bare wood

 then applied Homestead House stain & finishing oil all in one in cappuccino, this all in one finish is so lovely to use as it has minimal smell and goes on smoothly.

The pieces each had 2 coats with the top getting 3 with a light sanding between coats

The original hardware on the left was scrubbed and refreshed with a coat of Rub 'n Buff in antique gold. It does not make them look new but more of an even sheen.

For the body of the dresser I chose Homestead House Paint Co. milk paint in champlain. Milk paint has a mind of its own and will chip accordingly. This piece decided to go fairly chippy especially after coat #2. To seal it I used Fusion Mineral Paint's hemp oil. However if you prefer to seal in the chippiness to prevent further chipping use Fusion's tough coat matte wipe on poly.

And to add further dimension and age to the piece I added Fusion Mineral Paint's black/espresso wax mixed for a darker antiqued look.

The top received a 3rd coat to darken and match the drawer fronts. Antiques were made with solid wood but many times with a variety of types so some may need a bit more color then others. The third coat also added additional durability to the top.

The super solid construction of these beautiful pieces is visible here with the dove tail drawers and the wood dowel drawer stops and metal drawer glides.


I have received product as a brand blog rep in exchange for this post, but ALL the opinions are entirely MY own.  This post contains sponsored links for Fusion Mineral Paint &

Homestead House Paint Co. , there is no monetary benefit to me for clicking them.

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