Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Two Tone Look {Antique Dresser}

This was was one of the first antique pieces I bought after I was married. Not the first, but close to it.
I thought it was a great buy at the time.  That was before Craigslist, and Facebook, and all that awesome sauce.  Back when I used to wander around in huge antique malls for hours at a time, looking for furniture that was ridiculously priced, and finding a "bargain" at a slightly lower ridiculous price.
Now I can't remember the last time I paid over $10 for a used piece of furniture!

It has always been in my guest room, but my interior designer my mom thought it was too big for the room and needed to go.

It's been chilling in my barn for probably two years now.
I remember Our Prairie Home's gorgeous dresser, and wanted to copy the look.  (However, I was lazy and painted my drawers).

I started stripping the top.  Did I pay for that stuff you see?  Heck no.  I think it was in a garage sale free box.  The scraper was also a garage sale item, 50 cents, and the best one I've ever put my hands on.

I put the boy to work with the electric sander.  He even cuts the sandpaper to size and secures it on himself now.  
Teach 'em young!

Okay, so in all of my previous painting projects, I just dumped  Plaster of Paris or Webpatch straight into the paint. 
 I have found a much better way, ya'll.  
Mix it with a little water first, until it's dissolved  and then pour your little mixture into your paint.  No lumps and bumps for the  perfect chalk paint.  Goes on smooth, and no primer needed!

I sanded a few areas just a little bit for some distressing, and then rubbed a dark wax over the whole thing with a rag.  Grabbed that out of the same garage sale "free box" as the stripper.  Can you believe this was my first time ever using wax?  Yeah, yeah....  I like it.  Not gonna rave about it like some bloggers do, however.  Maybe mine was ancient and I should try some brand new wax sometime.  Yeah right.

I left the hardware "as is".

The drawers still have the same wallpaper in them that my mom put in there when I first bought this thirteen years ago.  That wallpaper was also on the walls of my guest room in our very first house.  Wow.

And now for some last comparisons......

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  1. I love it. And I'm gonna try chalk paint your way!!!

  2. Your dresser is totally awesome, I love the way it turned out, I simply must try that paint, it looks so cool, I would never have thought to leave the top of the dresser in wood but it looks so incredible like that....come on over for a visit, would love to see what you think of the house guests...Phyllis

  3. LOL! Gorgeous, K! Love how it turned out! (And BTW... I'm the lazy one because it's a whole heck of a lot more work to paint the drawers than it is to leave them - and mine were in perfect condition to begin with. LOL!) It looks fantastic!!!

  4. that dresser is a beauty, it has such a classic look o go in many different style homes. It truly is a timeless piece.

  5. I love it! I always just dump my grout in the paint. I will have to try to mix it with some water first! thanks for the tip1

  6. Wow, your hard work really paid off, it's gorgeous!!

  7. another fantastic project beautified!!

  8. Wow! Your dresser is almost exactly like one I just bought off Craigslist for $20. Mine is missing some veneer and I haven't been sure what to do with it. Now I know what it would look like painted. It looks fantastic!!

  9. That turned out gorgeous - great job! I had t laugh at your scraper cause it looks like one we had when I was a kid and we had to scrape paint from our house to repaint it! Aaaack!

  10. Just gorgeous Kammy !!!
    I can't believe you only pay 10.00 for your pieces LOL - I sometimes pay up to 100.00 - not often but I have paid that much - the best deal I seem to be able to get is 50.00.

  11. I absolutely LOVE the dresser you painted. I have a I guess an old makeup table that was my grandmothers, that I absolutely love. I would love to paint it but I LOVE WOOD plus I'm so afraid I'm going to mess it up. Please help me figure out what I should do. I'll take a picture of it & share it with you if you need to see it. Oh yeah the vaneer is comming off too. Thanks, Kathy


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