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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

Kids Desk in OFMP

This sweet hand made kids desk was brought to me to custom paint for a customer who is going to donate it to her sons preschool fundraiser. How sweet is that?

Step 1 was to scrub it all down well and do repairs including rebuilding the long drawer shown here glued and clamped and later staples to secure further.

She was open to any colors but mentioned she really liked the fun milk painted end table I just finished. I wanted to use milk paint as the vintage pieces look fabulous in it so chose Old Fashioned Milk Paint in tavern green and federal blue for this desk.

The colors blended so well to give a layered look.

When dry a  sponge sand was done to smooth the surface.

An aerial view show the colors once dry

If you have used milk paint, you know it has a mind of its own and will chip where it wants ;) I did touch up some of the larger areas but in keeping with its age, the chippy paint looks authentic.

To seal it I chose polycrylic for a smooth surface with a semi gloss sheen for a bit of shine. I applied 3 coats with a sand between each when dry for  the perfect durable finish. 

Here it is all ready to head to the fundraiser!

Here it is below in the fundraiser line up where it did really well

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