Saturday, September 8, 2012

Antique Empire Dresser

This poor dresser was in rough shape when I got it.  I thought it might be headed to the burn pile.  A lot of the veneer was literally falling off and there was something living on the inside of it! After the last vanity I did I told myself I wasn't going to strip veneer  again for awhile.  But, this dresser was sitting at the front of my pile, so I thought I might as well tackle it and get it out of the way.  I love the shape of it but, to be honest, I didn't know if I could fix it.  It is such a solid piece that I didn't want to hand it over to the boys to chop into firewood. ;)

All that being said, I forgot to take a before pic (hate when that happens!!), unless this counts....

 Yeah, it was a mess...and this is only part of it.   I had to hammer one of the knobs off, too.  This job is so much fun sometimes. :)


Wish you could see the before so you can see what a HUGE difference this is! :)

 I was just going to do a linear distressing (just along the lines of the piece) but it distressed so easily that I just kept going--love the rub through on the drawers!

 I love how chunky these are.

 I wanted to do crystal knobs but, in the end, I decided these were a better fit. (And, of course, I love the cup pulls.)

 Check out the feet and the keyholes!

Ok, the mirror was seriously so stinking heavy that I couldn't put it up and attach it by myself (and DH is still gone bear hunting) so here it is on my ugly shop floor. 

<3 these--the drawers were so ugly I decided to paint them inside and out--complete makeover!


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  1. Beautiful!!! I LOVE the rich black color you painted it. I'm saw your link at Flamingo Toes! :-)

    1. Thank you so much! I'm so glad you stopped by! Love your blog, too. :)

  2. It's beautiful! Love the black with the distressing. Came over from Flamingo Toes.

    1. Thank you so much and thanks for stopping by! :)

  3. This is so gorgeous Lisa!! I love the distressing - it looks beautiful! Thanks for linking up - I featured you today!

    1. Thank you so much Beverly! I've never been featured before--love firsts! :) I'm a new follower of you blog and love all the great, creative ideas! So much fun looking. :)

  4. What paint was used for this black dresser?


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