I shared a dresser a few days ago and labeled it as my new favorite piece in a while. Well, I’ve changed my mind. This one has knocked the other one off of that throne.
I painted it in a color similar to French Enamel, but it’s a custom mix MMSMP of Flow Blue and Shutter Gray. This is another Craig’s List piece I found. It was a pretty good bargain, because it’s in rough condition. The small drawers need runners and two of the larger drawers need to be entirely rebuilt. But, I love empire style dressers, so I went for it. Their chunky lines seem to lend themselves to milk paint.
Here’s how it started…
The wood is beautiful, but the veneer is rough in some places and the brass hardware that was added was entire wrong for the piece. So, we removed the hardware, cleaned it up, gave it a light sanding and filled the extra holes with small wooden dowels and wood filler. Once all of the prep work was done, I painted it in the custom blue paint I mixed.
It chipped like a champ and did the perfect thing milk paint does when the bonding agent isn’t added. For some reason, the top drawer chipped the most, but I love that, because it sticks out the farthest and would receive the most wear naturally.
The smaller drawers chipped mostly around the key holes, which was, again, perfect.
The knobs on the small drawers are new from Hobby Lobby and the knobs on the larger drawers are antiques from eBay. These knobs look so much better than the metal ones that were added.
Because of the paint and chipping, the missing veneer blends in and doesn’t look like something that needs to be repaired. Some people get all upset at missing veneer, but I think it creates amazing texture, so I leave it alone unless it’s bubbled or loose.
This piece could be used as a dresser or buffet, but I chose to style it as a buffet.
Any chance to take some pictures of my blue -handled flatware, ironstone mugs and antique linens is one I’m going to take!
This is supposed to go in the pile for Lucketts, but I love it so much that it may get swapped out for another piece, so I can keep it. We’ll see.
Off to do more painting and upholstery…