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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 accent table in Homestead House midnight blue milk paint

Did you see the navy sofa table I recently blogged about? Well the same good friend had her Grandma's antique table she wanted updated as well. She did the hard work but stripping the old finish off and all ready to be painted.

As with most antique pieces, there was some repairs to be done first. It was a good thing I had many little clamps to hold the glued veneer that was lifting on the side. The top had some water marks that might show thru so they were sprayed with shellac to seal and prevent this from happening.

 Once dry it was ready for Homestead House milk paint in midnight blue. The dry wood soaked the milk paint up like a sponge. Three coats went on for a nice coverage.

To seal and deepen the navy color further, I added 2 coats of  Homestead House black wax 

And just for a bit more added durability I added another coat of clear wax on the top only, buffed once dry and it was complete.

I am pretty sure Grandma would have approved of this classic update.

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