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.
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.
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.
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!