the patriot.

I don’t know why this dresser makes me feel patriotic.  I suspect it’s because it feels early American to me.  I have no idea if it is.  I’ve seen similiar dressers identified as the Eastlake style online, but I always thought Eastlake was a little more decorative than this, with some spoon carving or other detailing.  Any Eastlake experts out there?  Does this qualify?

Either way, I went with a patriotic color.  I painted it with MMSMP in Artissimo, which is a navy/indigo.  I finished it with hemp oil, which makes the color nice and dark.  This is my 4th dresser in Artissimo.  I used it on the Hudson and the 1890’s dresser, but it is also one of the first MMS colors I ever used.  Way back when I was a newbie.  And I’ll confess, I thought there was no way I would ever use it again.  I didn’t know about the hemp oil back then and I over-waxed it with Briwax resulting in a rather shiny finish.  But, I’ve learned since then, and now I love working with this color.

  It also is Ken the handyman’s favorite of all the colors I’ve used.  Actually, it would truly be more accurate to say that this is the only color I use that Ken likes at all (except black, as he says).  He really doesn’t get the whole furniture painting thing.  That’s OK, he doesn’t have to like ’em, he just has to fix ’em.

Patriot 1

You can see that I didn’t really get any chipping on this one.  I think that I have lost my touch when it comes to the chippy.  I’ve painted numerous pieces in the last couple of weeks, and none have chipped.  At all.  Nada.  Is it me?  Is it the weather?  I’ve wondered if it’s the humidity.  All winter I was painting in the house with the heat on, and I got chipping galore.

My neighbor, nnK, thinks this one would look great in someone’s cabin.  I agree.  You could keep all the towels and swimsuits in it, or maybe your sweaters for those chilly days at the lake.  It would look awesome in a rustic room with a patriotic color scheme of red, white and blue.


I once again tried my hand at stripping the top and just waxing it.  I used Citristrip to strip it, sanded it and then waxed with my own combination of Johnson’s Paste Wax and a dark Briwax.  There were some pretty major discolorations on top of this dresser, and I didn’t want it to end up looking perfect.  I wanted it to show its age.  I am starting to get the hang of this stripping thing, which was one of my goals for this summer.  It’s good to meet your goals.

patriot top

I replaced the knobs that came on the dresser with some that look old, but are faux old.  I feel pretty certain that the white porcelain knobs that came with it are not original.  The scale and the style were all wrong for this guy.

patriot close up

I will have this dresser at my occasional sale unless someone wants to snatch it up sooner than that.

Even if you don’t think you need a new dresser, wouldn’t it be fun to freshen up one of your rooms with this one?    You can always sell your old one on craigslist!


13 thoughts on “the patriot.

  1. I so love this color. It is sophisticated dark color but more interesting than black, I think. I’m not an expert, but I’d say the dresser is Eastlake, too, and toward the end of the movement, late 1890’s, as the popularity of decorative furniture ran toward the simpler styles. The reeded sides and line-incised drawers are a big clue. The handles would have been geometric shaped. This is one of my favorite styles of furniture. You did another beautiful job.


    1. Adore this piece – I tend to go for tailored lines – it would also be great between two twin beds in a boys room. I have a similar piece. I am no expert on Eastlake -however I usually recognize an Eastlake when I come upon one. This does seem to fall under heading to me. That’s what I have always called mine. So glad you ditched the porcelain knobs for these faux old ones love the look.


      1. I was chatting with a gal in my Zumba class yesterday, and she mentioned she was re-doing her guest room with two twin beds for the grandkids and I had the same thought. This dresser would be perfect between those two twin beds. But, the music started and I didn’t have a chance to mention it to her and I forgot all about it by the next break in the music!


    2. “Reeded sides” huh? I didn’t know what that style of side trim was called. I’m trying to add to my knowledge of furniture styles and lingo. So, yes, pretty much what I was thinking too, that the reeded sides make it Eastlake. It is a classy looking style I think. I like the simplicity of it, and the age.


  2. I think I have the sister to this dresser. Right down to the keyholes! I didn’t think it was Eastlake at all, actually, never occurring to me. But then, I need to know more.
    I’m loving the pieces I see with this Artissimo. The depth of that blue is incredible.
    If you discover more about your dresser’s period, I’d love to know.
    Another fabulous job on your part!


    1. Ginene left some good information about the Eastlake style in her comment on this post. There is lots of info on the web about Eastlake too, and I think the clues on this pieces are its angular lines and the incised lines on the sides and across the drawers. If you google ‘Eastlake dresser’, most of the images that come up are dressers that look like this one. And we all know that if google says so, it must be true 😉 As for the Artissimo, it is a gorgeous color. The first time I used it, I was a little scared when I saw the color before applying a final finish. It’s the finish that gives it that depth, and in this case I used the MMS hemp oil. The wax doesn’t make it quite as dark.


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