I always hate the anticipation of having to drag a piece of furniture up my basement steps, rearrange my dining room and set up a photo shoot, but I am always so happy when I take the time and effort to do it. This is my latest dresser makeover, that is going to be the “pop of color” in my room for the Lucketts holiday open house. I’ve been calling her the “Swiss Miss”, for obvious reasons.
I found this dresser at the same shop where I found the cola cooler. It needed a little bit of repair on the drawers, but was in nice condition otherwise. The wood is a beautiful bird’s eye and I fancy these empire-shaped dressers. (It did have all of the the drawers, I just snapped a quick picture with my phone before I painted it.)
I sanded down the top (the old finish was barely there, so I didn’t need to use a chemical stripper) , stained and waxed it for a warm, aged looked. The base is painted in one coat ASCP Emperor’s Silk directly over the wood. Once the red was dry, I taped off the cross and painted that in two coats of ASCP Old White. The tricky part came in the distressing. I didn’t want to turn the cross pink, so I had to distress the red and white portions separately. I also waxed them separately, so the red wouldn’t bleed through the wax onto the white. I just wanted little hints of red showing through the white cross and I was able to achieve that by working carefully.
Oh, I wish, wish I had the perfect place for this piece, but I don’t. I am totally in love with it.
I used some tortoise-shell looking knobs from Hobby Lobby to tie into the warmth of the wood top.
I hope she ends up in a very chic home. I don’t think I could stand the thought of her being wedged between a mauve 1980’s la-z-boy and monster sectional.
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