Wednesday, March 20, 2013

It's As Clear as Black and White

Well this dresser was a fun find.  I got it off of craigslist from a lady who was doing just what I'm doing, fixing up old furniture and selling it.  She had got tired of doing it and was ready to get rid of a couple dressers she had left in the garage.  When I saw this dresser painted all black I knew I wanted it and that I was going to lighten it up a bit, okay, a lot! 

I couldn't tell for sure if the mirror was original to the dresser but I thought it looked great with it so I treated it as if it were original to the dresser.  I stripped the top of the dresser down but the black paint had seeped into the wood grain  so deep that I couldn't remove all of it. I decided to stain it dark ebony so it would blend in with the bits of dark paint. It worked out great.

The original hardware had been removed, and as you can see in the above picture,
it was replaced with some little silver pulls.
I happened to have some hardware that I took off another old
dresser that matched the age of this so much better.
                                       With a little oil rubbed bronze on them they worked prefectly.

I painted it in swiss coffee homemade chalk paint.  I lightly distressed the edges and then sealed it all with rub on Min Wax poly.  I took the mirror out and stained the mirror frame the
same as the top of the dresser. 

The drawers are lined in a black and white floral contact paper.  I wished I could find more pattern's and colors of contact paper.  It is the easiest covering to put in and take out.  Any suggestions?

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  1. This turned out Beautifully


    Creative Raisins

  2. What a beautiful transformation on such an ugly duckling. You did such a good job. I love it. :)

  3. That is a beautiful piece and you did an awesome job on the makeover! Love the black and white inside the drawers. Nicely done!

  4. If we weren't moving I would buy it from you!!! :)

  5. If we weren't moving I would buy it from you!!! :)

  6. Ooh, that is beautiful! I love the top with the white.. and the drawer liner is gorgeous!
    Nice work!

  7. Wow--this is an incredible re-do! Exactly my style.

  8. Cute little dresser and you made it darling! I love the contrast in color. I've found beautiful patterned drawer liners at Home Goods.
    June :)

  9. pretty dresser--great makeover.


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