I find it hard to resist a good empire-style dresser. They are impressive pieces that have a balance of masculinity in their massive size and handsome features, and feminine in their curves, glass knobs, and carved keyhole escutcheons. The downside to these pieces is that they are massive. They are tall, heavy, and bulky, and, for those reasons, I made a point to shift my focus to smaller dressers.
But, there are exceptions.
When a well-priced sturdy empire crossed my path a few weeks ago, I just couldn’t walk away.
Here’s how it looked when I bought it and it sat like this for a while…
I needed time to think about this one and how I envisioned it. I had considered refinishing the gorgeous wood on those drawer fronts and just paint the body. But, I really wanted to use a color on it and I didn’t see how the color would play well with the red in the wood. So, after thinking it and overthinking it, I was running out of time, so I finally mixed the paint and just went for it.
I painted it in a custom mix (we call those “Bespoke Colors”) of one part Eulalie’s Sky and two parts Layla’s Mint, both from the MMS Milk Paint line, naturally. This imposing piece that felt a little buttoned up and stodgy, suddenly took on an airy quality and I was loving it.
When I distressed the paint, it chipped and flaked off in a delightfully dramatic way.
As with most chippy pieces, this isn’t going to be to everyone’s taste, but I could eat it up with a spoon.
The fresh coat of paint doesn’t look like a fresh coat of paint at all, which suits this old piece nicely.
I sealed it with Tough Coat to prevent any additional chipping and give it a smooth finish.
Oh, those keyholes! They are what talked me into buying this piece.
And I warned you about the snowball blooms…
I’m beating that one to death and I’m not sorry for it! I wish they bloomed all year.
More furniture makeovers on the way!
I also ordered more cast iron bunnies, so I would have (hopefully) plenty, and I received my shipment of German dish brushes, fly swatters, and other household goodies. Lots of exciting things happening as the days to Lucketts count down…