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November 16, 2012

Custom ~ Vintage White Dresser

My client Megan was searching and searching for a dresser. We spent weeks emailing back and forth with Craigslist listings until she sent me this dresser. She got this dresser for a steal. It needed some work but it had potential.
 
BEFORE
 
The top had missing veneer and Megan wanted to work it with and use glaze to highlight it.
I was all for working with what we had but after priming and a coat of paint I said to myself, "This is not Picked and Painted quality, this top is coming off."
 


 
I spent the rest of the afternoon taking all the veneer off of the top.
This is more Picked and Painted quality!
The wood underneath had a few dings but it looked way better than the missing veneer.
 
AFTER






 
 


We decided to skip the glaze and keep the clean look of the white. Megan also wanted to go a little heavier with the distressing... which I think turned out awesome!
 
The paint color I used was Swiss Coffee and I sprayed the hardware with oil rubbed bronze.
I also used homemade chalk paint on this piece (1 cup latex paint mixed with 1/4 to 1/2 cup baking soda).
 
Isn't the original hardware gorgeous?!
 
I sealed it with two coats of Johnson's Paste Wax and the finish is smooth to the touch.
 
I have a little tip for the chalk paint. DO NOT use the fridge pack baking soda. I have used it before because it was all I had on hand but this time it was a complete mess. I was like I added sand to the paint. I don't know why the fridge pack didn't work like normal baking soda. I found plain baking soda, made another batch and it worked like a charm.
 
 
 
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