Hey guys and happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend… it was a rainy Sunday here, and we enjoyed it by staying in our PJS all day, and Emmy made us all a beautiful spiderweb cake. It was a perfect lazy day, and sometimes you just need those, don’t you? Last week was pretty hectic, running here and there and working on various projects so I know I needed a day like that. Speaking of all of the projects I’ve been working on, today I want to share with you one that needed a lot of love. Today I am sharing part 1 of a furniture makeover: seagull gray and gold midcentury dresser. I plan to share a part 2 which will explain how to get odors such as smoke out of furniture. I’ve got a method I’ve used for years and it’s never failed me, so I figured I should share that with you, too. Today, however, it’s all about the pretty.
Apparently, I didn’t take a photo of the dresser in its complete before state because as soon as I got it home, I took it apart to let it air out a bit. (It smelled terribly like smoke, but it had been a steal and I knew I could work a little nose magic on it.) However, I do have some photos to share. Here it is without the drawers in it, and that powder you see is baking soda.
It didn’t look so bad from the front, but when you turned it to its side, you could see that this poor dresser had been victimized and vandalized. I don’t know who “Ashlyn” is, but clearly, she’s got a mean streak. 😉
And she’s super moody, too; at least that’s what I presume from the other side of the dresser. Sometimes she’s happy, and sometimes she’s not. If you look really closely at the very top, you can also see that Dina loves Frank.
All of those markings, mixed with chipped veneer, and the smell of smoke left this dresser in a sad state, but made it a perfect candidate for paint. As I mentioned, I’ll share with you in a separate post how I got rid of the smoke smell, but today I am going to share with you how I brought this piece back to life.
I used my orbital sander to sand the dresser all over, as well as the drawers. Where the veneer was chipped, I used this wood filler and a putty knife to fill. It’s the fastest hardening filler that I’ve used, so it’s great when you just want to get things done. After the filler dries, it’s sandable in 30 minutes. I waited the half hour and then sanded the filled areas smooth.
I knew I wanted a clean, airy, and modern look for this piece, so I selected General Finishes Seagull Gray to paint it. It’s a beautiful pale gray that suits the midcentury style well. Two coats was enough for this dresser, and once it was dry, I applied General Finishes Satin Finishing Wax as a top coat. About 15 minutes after the wax dried, I was able to buff it with a clean rag to a harder finish. I love using this wax because it truly is the easiest to apply of all the wax finishes out there.
Before this dresser was finished though, there was one other matter of attention. The top drawer had two original pulls and while I loved the shape, I didn’t love their crusty old finish.
As you can see, I pulled out my rub n buff to the rescue! I first used steel wool to clean and rough them a bit so the gold wax would adhere. Then I applied a teeny amount to my finger tip and simply rubbed it on the hardware. Here you can see the difference between the one that had been gilded and the one that had not.
It made such a difference and when the hardware was reapplied it jived perfectly with the new paint finish.
The rest of the drawers have a really cool angled shape with a groove for pulling them out underneath.
As usual, I set this piece up on the porch for its photo shoot, but staged it with some pieces I do have for sale at Sweet Clover’s October sale in a couple of weeks. I’ve brought in several seascapes this month!
My space is a little too full at the moment for this dresser, so it will have to wait until November, unless of course things move quickly and I need to fill space. After this sale it will be time to focus on the holidays… Can you believe it? This girl is not ready, but I’m slowly making a plan. 🙂