Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Antique Dresser

I love empire style dressers and this one caught my eye with the slight curve to the front drawers and the detailed pieces on the bottom.  She's old and has seen her fair share of wear and tear, but is still solid as a rock.  It's true when they say "they just don't make them like that anymore"!



This was a pretty straight forward makeover if you don't count the fact that I had to paint it twice because I decided I didn't like the first color I did.  And, I'm not going to tell you what it was or show you because it would break my little heart if many of you said you liked the first color (all that extra work for no reason)! ;)

Sales have been a little slow here so I told my hubby, in a moment of discouragement, that I was just going to paint it black so it would sell (even though I didn't want to).  He got home that night, saw it sitting in the garage, and here is the conversation that followed:

Him:  "That's not black."
 Me: "I know."
Him: "Why isn't it black?"
Me:   "I went to paint it black and it told me not to."
Him: "What?"
Me:  "It didn't want to be black.  It told me it wouldn't look good black."
Him:  "It did, huh?"
Me:  "Yup."
Him (giving me "the look"):  "Ok."


I'm always saying that almost everything looks good black, but I just couldn't do it.  I love this softer color and the tone on tone knobs with it.  It's such a bulky piece that I liked the idea of lightening it up, but didn't want white, so it's actually a really creamy beige.  

 She was pretty beat up (lots of dents and dings--most of which were too deep to sand out), but I like how that adds character to a piece.  Like I always say--it's part of her story now. :)  There was a pretty wood top so I sanded it all down and stained it then finished it in a satin poly.

I love these knobs and, of course, I bought them from Hobby Lobby.  I love Hobby Lobby and I don't know what I would do without their great selection of fun knobs and pulls, but I feel like I do have to give some sort of warning here.  I've been burned many a time when I got my hardware home and parts were missing (nuts, washers, etc) or the knob was defective in some way.  These happened to have nuts that didn't fit the post and since Hobby Lobby is 45 minutes away I didn't want to return them.  I went to my local hardware store and found different nuts and also bought lock washers so they would stay on.

  I only say this so if you are buying hardware there you make sure you check to make sure all the pieces are there and work properly!

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  1. Your new painted lady looks GREAT!

    I love her - what a difference!

    I understand what you meant that she spoke to you.

    : - )

    Well done, ma'am!

  2. Beautiful, Lisa! I love the color and the stained top. Black seems like an "easy" option sometimes. I know I could easily go with black or a shade of white {especially since I always have those colors on hand}, but there are those pieces that just seem to "ask" for a little bit more.

  3. This dresser turned out great! And the tone on tone knobs add to it without taking away from the lines. Love it!

  4. Looks fantastic! I think you made the right choice. :)


  5. Hi,
    Great job as always! The more I see it the more I like the two-toned effect. Thanks for the heads up on the hardware from Hobby Lobby. We don't have those stores here in Canada.
    What colour of paint did you use? Brand? Type? Sheen? Or the stain for the top.
    Thanks for your time,


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