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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 Gate Leg Table - loads of pics

I purchased this antique gate leg table as my Grandma had one and I always thought it was such a useful table fitting so many sizes of seating options. It had been previously painted over the solid hard wood top and briefly I thought I would maybe just smooth and repaint. But I decided to strip the leaf and see what was under the faux stained wood look.

The gorgeous grain was so pretty I knew then I would continue the laborious job of stripping and sanding these layers off to get to it.

As with any antique piece of furniture there are a few repairs,  I removed the "fancy" metal and screws and reglued and clamped as originally designed.

Time to haul out side and get stripping

once all old finish was stripped it was time to sand

and sand and sand some more

FINALLY done to the gorgeous wood

Seeing it was so pretty I wanted to only enhance and seal so went with Daddy Van's hemp oil. After cleaning well, I applied 4 coats allowing each one to dry well before adding next but the old wood soaked it up well.

For the table base which was lightly sanded to start and cleaned well I chose 
Old Fashioned Milk Paint in pitch black. This classic color is perfect classy neutral. And this brand of milk paint mixes so well and goes on so smooth. Two coats went on to give a deep black color then lightly distressed on the edges and sealed with 
Daddy Van's hemp oil which enriched the color even more.

This table is now ready for years more use 

and being a drop leaf gate leg has so many configurations

check out the hidden butterfly leaf in the center

Thanks to Old Fashioned Milk Paint & Daddy Van's hemp oil for their brand blogger sponsorship

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