Stunning Empire Chest Makeover

 The other week, I scouted out some very cool antique shops in a neighboring town.
Fortunately, Lancaster, Pennsylvania  is a town filled with many cool places to shop and awesome antique stores to explore.
I have had no trouble finding good furniture pieces to makeover since moving here.

I stopped into a brand-new to me shop and spotted this beautiful empire dresser from across the room.
The angels began to sing I tell ya.
This empire was just so cool…and so unique.
And she was BIG.
She got my attention all right.

I knew she would look AMAZING made over in a way that would enhance her lovely features.
I couldn’t wait to get my painting hands on her!

Old White Empire - BEFORE

She was pretty fun to paint up…I did have some dinginess with the paint looking dirty and grungy in showing through the paint so I did seal her up in two coats of shellac before I finished painting her up.
Shellac is wonderful because it will help with pieces in which you experience bleed-through of any kind…I use Zinsser Shellac…seems to work well.
Bleed through is a pain in the rear, but not the kiss of death.
Most times with the use of this product, the bleed through can be eliminated.
Thank goodness!

Shellac for bleed-through - Embracing Change

 I think all the work on this amazing piece definitely paid off…she is STUNNING now!
I added some pretty knobs from Hobby Lobby…they were perfect for this piece.

Annie Sloan Old White Empire Dresser - Embracing Change

I used Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Old White and used Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax to finish up the piece. Annie Sloan Old White Empire Dresser - Embracing Change

Annie Sloan Old White Empire Dresser - Embracing Change

Love all her details. Annie Sloan Old White Empire Dresser - Embracing Change

And that curve is GORGEOUSNESS!

Annie Sloan Old White Empire Dresser - Embracing Change

Annie Sloan Old White Empire Dresser - Embracing Change

Annie Sloan Old White Empire Dresser - Embracing Change

Annie Sloan Old White Empire Dresser - Embracing Change

Annie Sloan Old White Empire Dresser - Embracing Change

Annie Sloan Old White Empire Dresser - Embracing Change

Annie Sloan Old White Empire Dresser - Embracing Change

What a knockout.
I knew she would be spectacular.

She is available for sale at a local vintage boutique in Strasburg, Pennsylvania for $375 if you are interested.
I hope she finds a wonderful new home ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Laura Skorczewski says:

    I love it. Great job.

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