Hey guys! Are you all shopped out after Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday? I worked at J. Crew yesterday, and after a busy weekend it was kind of nice to have a quiet day in the store while everyone was at home shopping. Sunday was my only day off over the weekend and I used it to finish up several projects and haul them over to Sweet Clover for our last barn sale of 2017! One of the projects I finished is the piece I am going to share with you today, and it’s such a unique find! I’m excited to bring you a break from the Christmas decor, a rest from the shopping and a fabulous furniture makeover: two toned wood inlay midcentury dresser.
And I lied a little…. there’s a tiny sneak peek of my Christmas decor on my dining room shelves. 😉 now that the days are shorter, I’ll be using this wall often to take photos of my finished pieces, so I am sure you’ll get several renditions of these shelves over time. (Also, I’ve used affiliate links where applicable).
Anyhow, about a month or so ago I stumbled upon this dresser at my local thrift shop. I was drawn to the unique inlay pattern on the drawers, the wood base, and the overall shape of the piece. It actually came with a mirror, but I didn’t want that
The missing knob was in one of the drawers. To be honest, the knobs were not my favorite, but as you can see there is a ring from where the original hardware would have sat. I searched to find more about this dresser and discovered the original had concave chrome knobs with backplates. I searched all over to find some, but couldn’t find 12, so I decided to work with what it had since they had a backplate to cover the fade mark.
The body of the dresser was also a little scuffed, but as it turned out, particle wood, so I didn’t feel badly at all about painting that. I removed all of the drawers, sanded the body, minus the base and legs, and applied 3 coats of non-toxic primer. After that I ended up applying 4 coats of General Finishes Snow White as I wanted a streak free solid white finish. I then topped that off with Black Bison wax in neutral… I usually use my GF wax, but since it was cold, I couldn’t get it to squeeze out of the bottle. Black Bison is one of my favorites, smells kind of nice, and is non toxic as well. After the wax dried for about 15 minutes, I buffed it with a clean rag to achieve a nice hard finish.
The metal caps on the front legs were in the original chrome, so to make them jive with the brass and white knobs, I used rub n’ buff, and just lightly fingered it onto the caps, giving them a new aged gold finish.
This dresser does have some slight imperfections in the wood as well, which the photograph somehow makes look more intense I didn’t want to sand them down as I was afraid to ruin the gorgeous inlay it had going on, so decided just to live with it. I did clean them with some simple green, and then polish them with a little feed-n-wax.
I am truly happy with how this dresser turned out in the end and if it had been just a few inches taller, I’d be keeping it as a changing table dresser. However, as I worked on it, my back was telling me it was too low to work for that.
Instead, it’s at Sweet Clover awaiting its new home! I can definitely see this piece working well as a dining room sideboard or perhaps in a tween bedroom. I love working with dressers of this size and stature because they truly are so versatile.
Hope you enjoyed the break from holiday posts! 🙂