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!

I'll be sending this beauty over to party at:

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

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