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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 Secretary Desk in Lamp White

A great customer brought me her paternal grandmother's secretary desk. It is deeply sentimental but she wanted to update the color to fit in her mainly white home.

It was in very good condition requiring just a good wipe with simply green and a wet cloth to be sure nothing interfered with the paint adhesion after the hardware was removed. There was a water ring on the top that was sanded smooth then shellac sprayed to seal the area. A few repairs were made including brad nailing the back securely on and a few wood filler areas added.

Fusion Mineral Paint  in lamp white was chosen, it is a white with grey undertones. (above shows coat #2 going over the first coat)

I applied 2 coats and found odd red dote bleeding thru, hello Zinsser shellac. This blocks all bleed thru so once sprayed on and left to dry I was then able to add a final coat of lamp white.

To add some definition, the edges were distressed minimally and had Homestead House salad bowl finish rubbed on them to seal and deepen the wood color, Fusion Mineral Paint black wax was added to the crevices, edges and  around the hardware to look aged rather then freshly painted.

Fusion Mineral Paint clear wax was rubbed on the desk top and the shelf top to give added durability for treasures to be displayed.

The inside was wiped with hemp oil to rehydrate the wood and add some shine.

The hardware was cleaned with metal polish bringing the sparkle back and replaced.

and here it is finished

Oh and I painted the edges of the built in shelves lamp white too for a fun surprise when opened.

Needless to say the customer was very happy with the update and Grandma's desk has many more years of service and memories in store.


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