I saw this dresser posted for sale and I messaged that seller just as fast as I could.|
This one was just too cool to pass up.
I loved the tier on the top with the two drawers and the shape of the piece.
I picked it up the next day – I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!
Upon further inspection, I noted that the wood was marked, dinged and full of character marks, but it was a solid piece.
I saw that this dresser had hand cut dovetails.
Did you know that you can try to figure out the age of a piece but looking at the dovetailing?
This type of dovetailing was handmade and built to last forever.
Dovetailing like this dated this piece back to the very late 1890’s and early 1900’s.
Isn’t that awesome?
I think it look pretty good for being WELL OVER 100 years old.
Pretty impressive 😉
I knew it needed a little love, but the drawers were solid wood and slid well and I was ready to get to work!
I wanted to paint this piece so that it would look like it would be authentic to its age…character marks, imperfections and all.
A piece like this needed to be refinished not to hide her imperfections, but to embrace them.
My vision was rustic, farmhouse goodness.
I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Flow Blue on this piece and didn’t add the Bonding Agent.
I was welcome to allowing the paint to chip and flake on this beauty.
In fact, I was hoping for it!
I painted on several coats of milk paint and after the last coat, I finally began to see some paint pulling away from the surface.
I was hoping for that, but you just really don’t know how milk paint will respond.|
It’s a bit of a mystery with milk paint sometimes which can be exciting or terrifying 😉
I was excited!
I ran a putty knife over the piece to remove flaking milk paint and then soft sanded the rest until the piece was more smooth.
I finished it with Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax which brought out the bold color of the Flow Blue.
I had to switch out the hardware as there were FOUR different kinds of pulls on this dresser.
I used my favorite knobs on it – cut glass knobs from D. Lawless Hardware.
They look really gorgeous against that blue!!
I love this dresser – she is aged to perfection!
Looking good for being over 100 years old don’t you think?
I am pretty much in LOVE.
I am refraining from keeping her though as I have to have some kind of self-control 😉
She is headed up to Blue Dandelion by Tiffany in Strasburg, PA and will be available to purchase there.
I hope she finds someone who loves her as much as I do!