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Monday, February 10, 2014

Classy Little Dresser.

   Classy Little Dresser

This cute little dresser was quite a find. Sometimes Craigelist can be hit or miss, but once in awhile you can find a deal that you can't pass up and this dresser was one of them. It is from the 1930's and is in wonderful condition. The construction of this piece is quality all the way around and I wish every piece I bought was as well made as this one. I went simple on my makeover on this one, because I wanted as much of the natural wood as possible. I think the most of the wood is a burled walnut. It is hard to see in these photos how gorgeous the grain is.

I just love the hardware, and it is in great condition, so I do not have to do a thing with those.

I guess I didn't take any "during the process" photos this time or I can't find them, but the process isn't any different on this piece than on most of what I do.
I stripped the drawers and top down, because I wanted to keep them wood, but the old shiny varnish had to go. Once stripped I sanded and stained the wood in an antique chestnut stain.
The body of the dresser I painted in Old White, Annie Sloan chalk paint. I think I had to do about 3 coats of paint. 
I usually do one thick coat of paint and then I do 2 thinner coats of paint. I like a smoother finish so I lightly sand out the rough spots, and do what distressing I want to do. After that is the clear wax and this little cutie is done!

I had to convince myself once again to not keep this dresser, I just love true antiques. The lady who bought this dresser is going to use it in her baby's room not just for a dresser, but for a changing table. I love that idea!

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