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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

Farmhouse Hutch ~ Champlain milk paint and cappuccino

Scored from an estate sale this Canadian made Kilgour Furniture buffet/ hutch is the perfect size for a coffee bar or as it was custom called for; an actual bar in the customers new home. She wanted it to be done in the same colors as this sweet little accent table.

The first step was to remove the mac tac liner in the long drawer and inside the buffet

It peeled back easy enough but then required a whole lot of Goo Gone to remove the residual stick glue. It did however protect the wood and once cleaned, perfect new looking surfaces.

All surfaces were scrubbed well to remove any dirt and dust accumulated over the years.

The top is the only wood veneer piece, the rest is solid maple I believe. Because it is veneer you must be very careful when refinishing it as it is easy to sand thru the thin wood layer.

Using my orbital sander and 120 grit sandpaper, I carefully sanded the top smooth the applied Homestead House's stain and finishing oil all in one  in cappuccino color. Throughout the makeover process I added 5 coats for a deep rich color and durable finish.

Homestead House Paint Co. milk paint in champlain was mixed and applied to the base and hutch in 2 coats lightly sanded between and after with a sanding sponge.

Milk paint sands so smooth and feels like butter, 

the edges distress nicely too

Everything except the buffet top was sealed with Fusion's tough coat matte wipe on poly applied with a damp sponge and 2 coats.

To add dimension and character back into the piece, I applied Fusion Mineral Paint's ageing wax to the crevices and edges. Ageing wax is my favorite color as it is a mix of dark and black.

Sorry for the sun glare but hope you can see how the black wax gives it it's vintage feel back.

The hardware was painted as well in all the same steps and reapplied, it is all ready for its future as a family home beverage center.

loads of hidden storage in the buffet with full length shelf and divided areas in the full length drawer 

as well as lots of great display area


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