Boy, Do I ever have a Lovely to show you!!!
On one of my recent Diamonds In The Rough! posts, I came across a very tired and abused, solid cherry dresser with great bones. At a price of only $20, how could I pass it up.
It even came with a matching framed mirror.
I have great vision when I see what something CAN become. And I knew this dresser would be the beauty that she has become now. I caution all of you purists that I did paint this dresser. Yes, I know that it is a high quality piece. Yes, I know that it was made in the 1930's. And Yes, I know that I could have stripped it and restored it to its former self...but that is not what I had visioned.
THIS is what I had in mind.
I sanded the top down to the raw cherry wood. I stained it walnut. I then used my Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint and painted the rest of the piece. Two coats. Now instead of using the wax after I distressed it, I used Minwax's Polycrylic. It's less work than buffing the wax after it dries, gives a different patina all together and a much smoother finish. I still love the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint but I don't like using the wax on larger pieces of furniture. I discovered this by error in experimenting.
I can't get over her beauty and the rope twist details on each side. The hardest part was finding new hardware for the drawers. At 2 1/2 inches apart on the screw holes, my options were limited. But I decided to update this ol' gal with vintage looking pull cups. I love these anyway since they are in a brushed nickel finish in our master bath and our kitchen.
And NINE (9) drawers for lots of storage. For now, I am not using the matching framed mirror, but I am thinking of using it for our guest bathroom mirror when we once again redo that room. Yes, I have a remodeling sickness.
But isn't she just Lovely?
NOTE: You should be able to click on most of the pictures to enlarge to see further details.
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