I've painted all kinds of stuff over the last 3 years. From the lowliest of pieces (particle board and doggie steps) to the best the furniture industry has to offer. This dresser happens to be in the second category. I don't see Drexel come through my garage doors very often, but I was salivating (that's actually a pretty gross image, huh) when I saw what was on the trailer that pulled into my driveway. I couldn't wait to get started on this beautiful piece! My client wanted it cream with dark hardware and a wood top. One of my favorite combos! And, it is so suited to this classic beauty!
I don't get very many pieces where everything works the way it should, so I was absolutely thrilled when I opened all the drawers and they slid so beautifully! Thank you, oh thank you, Drexel!!
I almost always sand the top down on a piece regardless if I'm painting or staining. I am a sucker for a wood top and even if I'm painting I just have to know what's under there! In this case it's a beautiful piece of mahogany veneer. So pretty! I have been burned by doing this--once I sanded down the top and it was a solid piece of cherry. It was so beautiful, but my client didn't want the top wood so I had to paint over it! I think I cried a little. ;)
It really was a privilege to work on this piece!
I just want to
lick touch it. It is seriously so pretty.
I mentioned in my last post that I used a modified latex from Sherwin Williams (ProClassic) for this set. Even though it levels out so nicely (I love watching it melt) I still sand between every coat. It just feels wrong not to. I know, I'm strange.
Again, the hardware received two coats of Oil Rubbed Bronze from Rustoleum. I always prime my hardware before spraying it as well.
Here's that gorgeous top. When I sand a top down I use 150-180 grit. I used to use a more aggressive grit, but it left marks in the top and it was just more sanding to get them out. 150/180 is tough enough for most finishes (although it may take a few more sheets) and fine enough where I can buff out any swirlies with it. I always look at the top at an angle in the sun to see the fine scratches so I can sand them out. Then 1 coat of Java Gel from General Finishes and 4 coats of Minwax Polycrylic in Satin.
Hyndrangeas from my garden. I normally don't like to cut my flowers, but I couldn't stand the thought of these turning brown on the bush!
Look at those curves!!
I love this warm white for fall too!
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