Generally I avoid furniture that is already painted because it is usually more work than I am willing to put into it. But, sometimes I find a piece that really needs to feel beautiful again. I am not normally one to criticize others peoples work; I prefer to lift up rather than pull down. Maybe, the person before me didn’t see what I saw and they thought they were bringing something beautiful to the piece. The colour on this was a weird yellow/green/cream – it couldn’t really make up its mind what to be, it wasn’t pretty, but it wasn’t really ugly either it was just a little BLAH. Beneath the paint it had beautiful features: claw-foot legs and serpentine drawers and gorgeous curves and details that this colour paint just disguised. I had a hunch (I didn’t really know, but I knew, you know what I mean?) that underneath the paint was gorgeous wood, the workmanship on this dresser suggested there was a whole lot more going on. So I got to work stripping the top and I was overjoyed when I found gorgeous wood veneer with the most stunning grain……..all my work was worth the effort, I had found a hidden treasure. Like I have said before restoring timber is so worth the effort, the craftsman choose this wood for a reason, I am so happy that I could bring it back to life. I also gave the body a new coat of paint with MMS Milk Paint in Grain Sack and new mercury glass handles, giving the dresser a more up to date look. Hopefully you agree this Make-Under was worth the effort!
Do you see that beautiful wood grain, no staining here just Tung Oil. Sometimes you just need to keep it simple.
I cannot get over the curves and details on this dresser. I love the contrast now between the top and the body.
Do you not love the feet?
I always think you should put thought into how you paint a piece of furniture, not everything needs to be painted, not everything should be painted. It’s easy to just slap on some paint, but are you adding to it, are you giving it new life or are you just following a trend? I like to think I paint pieces that either need to be brought into this century so they don’t end up on the scrap pile or in a way that is respectful of the workmanship….after all I want to add value to the furniture not destroy an antique. (by the way none of my pieces are valuable antiques, but I like to think I add value to them) Hope you have had a great Easter and your week ahead is wonderful!
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