Mar 25, 2015

The Pea Soup Dresser Makeover

I believe that you should never let the exterior of a piece scare you if the bones are good.  Finishes can always be improved.  Minor structural imperfections can be fixed.  In the end, you can have a fabulous piece of furniture for little investment!

This piece is an example.  

I'll start with a picture of the after:

Below is the before....

The bright green didn't scare me because I knew it was a solid piece.  Sure, back in the day, I would have stripped and refinished this.  However, these days, the fair market price on it would not cover the time and labor I'd have to put into it.

At first, I planned on painting it in Miss Mustard Seed's Boxwood.  After I did, I just didn't like how dark it all looked.  I made myself live with it for a day, but just couldn't do it.  So, I went over it with a couple of coats of MMS Mora, using the boxwood as a layer.  LOVE IT!

I wasn't sure how the green layer would look, but since Mora is a combo of grey, green and blue, it worked beautifully.  I do think the white wax helped in toning it down and blended it better. 

I sanded and re-stained the top.  Wood and Mora is a favorite combination of mine!

The white wax helped define the lines on the drawers.

I highlighted the center detail with MMS Ironstone and finished it off with new knobs, including these adorable birds on the top drawers.

Much better!

Find it in our booth at R&R Antiques in the beautiful downtown Fredericksburg, VA!

'til next time!

Mar 16, 2015

The Mustard Seed Dresser

I hit the jackpot over the weekend and got three vintage dressers and an art deco nightstand! The nightstand just needs a little TLC with Hemp Oil, but the chests are getting bigger makeovers.  

The first up was this 1940s dresser.  I painted it Miss Mustard Seed's Mustard Seed and added hand painted scrolls in white to the top drawer and bottom skirt.

 This is how it started out.  Someone had stripped off all of the veneer and refinished the sub-layer wood.  Even though the dresser itself is in great shape, it was not very pretty.

Now it has a little more style.

I did not add bonding agent - but it didn't chip much, anyway.  I distressed a little bit here and there to bring out a little of the brown wood.

I left the top and knobs wood, which contrast with the yellow very nicely.

If I could paint everything in milk paint, I would!

Find this in our booth at R & R Antiques located at 1001 Caroline Street, Downtown Fredericksburg, VA.

'til next time!
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