You guys, it is about to get real around here! We are heading into the holidays with back to back sales at Sweet Clover every two weeks (when they’re normally a month apart), and on top of that I’ve decided to get a seasonal job for the holidays and will be working 20-30 hours a week at our local J. Crew; and lastly I was approached to do some secret shopping on 6 occasions for a local company by the end of November. Add to that regular mom life, and things are gonna be nuts, but I recognize that this is one temporary season of life and we all do what we have to. I’ve been working on several furniture projects hoping to have enough to carry me through the next couple of months. Lately I’ve shown you several midcentury pieces, but I also still love classic vintage style and this might just be one of my most favorite painted pieces…. Let’s take a look at this furniture makeover: indigo & brass teardrop vintage dresser.
With the help of some coastal blue milk paint from General Finishes and new vintage style hardware from D. Lawless Hardware, this dresser transformed into a classic beauty. In order for me to demonstrate just how much it changed, let’s take a look at the before.
I found this dresser on my local craigslist for a steal and jumped at it because I loved the size as well as the original spindle style details and fluting on the sides, and the sweet backsplash. It appeared to be sort of a Mahogany finish, but when I went to pick it up I discovered that what looked to be a mahogany finish was truly a deep eggplant paint. It’s hard to tell here, but trust me, my friends… that finish is paint!
As you can see, the original hardware had also been painted the same color on the wood section of the knobs, so I knew I wasn’t going to be able to reuse those. Additionally, one of the knobs was on there so tight that I ended up having to use a hammer to get it to budge which damaged the wood of the knob a bit.
With this dresser, I knew immediately the finish and knob combination that I wanted. It was the perfect piece for my go-to navy, General Finishes Coastal Blue. As for the hardware, I wanted to use some simple antique brass knobs on the top smaller drawers, and coordinating teardrop pulls on the lower 3 drawers. The first place I ever check for the hardware I want is D. Lawless Hardware. Long ago, when I started working on furniture, I remember being thrilled at discovering D.Lawless as they had loads of hardware at a great price, and certainly the best price around on glass knobs! They also provide free shipping on orders over $50, so I used to fill my cart up and take advantage of that offer. Anyhow, back to this dresser… as I mentioned I knew just what I wanted so I searched their site for drop pulls and found this antique brass classic style drop pull.For the top drawer, I found these simple coordinating knobs.
With the knobs ordered, I set to work on this dresser. After removing all of the old hardware, I used my orbital sander to sand lightly all over, just enough to give my paint something to grab onto. Where the dresser has more details, I sanded my hand to make sure I got all of the spindle like curves.
After sanding it, I wiped it clean with a damp rag and allowed it to dry. I then applied two coats (yep, that is all it took!) of my paint. After that dried, I went back to my orbital sander and used it to lightly distress all of the edges I could reach with it. Again, I hand sanded and distressed the more detailed areas such as the legs.
Finally, I applied a coat of General Finishes Satin Finishing Wax and with a clean rag. I allowed that to dry for about 15 minutes and buffed it to a hard light sheen with another clean rag. Finally, I added the crowning jewels, or hardware if you want to call it. I just love how the antique brass drop pulls stand out against the navy finish.
The coordinating knobs are simple and classic and look like they were always meant to be there with the pulls.
I am bringing it over to Sweet Clover this week for a client who liked a navy dresser I sold in September. I am hoping they love this one as well and take it home with them. 🙂