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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

Cedar Lined Armoire in Navy with Copper - lots of pics

When I purchased this solid armoire cabinet it did not take long to decide on a navy paint color. I also like the carved details on the front but thought the top and sides would look lovely stenciled with the hardware copper. Using Homestead House Milk PaintCutting Edge Stencils & Krylon spray paint I achieved my vision.

But first it needed a good cleaning starting with vacuum followed with a scrub with warm soapy water to remove any past gunk and dirt that would hamper paint adherence. The entire outside was lightly power sanded to smooth the wood surface then wiped well again.

Thank goodness for this heavy duty furniture dolly to move it around and also allow to be tipped on its back for the cleaning and sanding portions.

As well I was able to paint the underside and base areas with primer all around to seal.

Homestead House Milk Paint in midnight blue was mixed up and painted on

One coat was all that was needed to get good coverage over the original dark stained wood.

I wanted to add some fun to the piece but keep it subtle too. Cutting Edge Stencils has this super pretty stencil called lily scroll that I think will provide both. They also have great starter packages with a stencil level, foam roller and stencil brush to make the stenciling job so easy.

testing placement

applying the black paint with a sponge roller and stencil brush

I did both sides and the top, it is the prefect muted look I wanted

To seal the milk paint I chose hemp oil. It is great for dark colors and as you can see on both left pieces just how rich the color goes.

After it absorbs for about 15 minutes, wipe the excess off with a soft rag or shop towel.

However once it dried, the stencil seemed to fade so I got the supplies out again and added one more coat over the top and sides.

Now to address the hardware, I chose Krylon spray paint in copper. I kept the uniquely sized original hardware, scrubbed it well and once dry applied multiple coats, perfection!

For even more depth and dimension I hand waxed the entire piece with black wax.

Again the fancy dolly came in handy to lay it down for easier access.

Once dry, it was buffed and ready to be loved again

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