Mr. Q picked up this fabulous little dresser just north of the Twin Cities the other day. The gentleman that was selling it couldn’t believe he wanted to drive all the way up there for this ‘old thing’. It was probably about a 50 minute drive. Not that terrible. Mr Q had to keep reassuring him that his wife likes ‘old’ things, ‘old’ is what we are looking for.
And this ‘old thing’ is gorgeous. I loved the big fan detail on the drawer, the curlicue bits on the top drawers, and the hardware is fantastic.
When I first saw it on Craigslist, I wasn’t too sure about that mirror piece at the back. I also thought I would paint it either yellow or aqua. Wrong on both counts. In person, I loved the vintage mirror at the back and I immediately knew I wanted to paint the dresser black and leave the decorative parts wood. I had seen a similar treatment on pinterest, and I wanted to give it a try on this piece. Plus, I had been checking out Miss Mustard Seed’s color focus pin boards on pinterest, and her Typewriter board had me sold. If you haven’t seen these, you should check them out.
Every time I break out the MMSMP in Typewriter, I am reminded of how much I love it. If you finish it with the hemp oil, you get the most fabulous deep, rich, black. And it goes on so very easily. This dresser was an absolute breeze to paint. I did one coat on Thursday evening, and a 2nd quick coat on Friday evening. Once dry I gave it a quick sand and finished with the hemp oil. Easy peasy.
Well, I did do a bit of prep work first. I filled some areas where the veneer had chipped using wood filler. I also had to replace some drawer stops. Little fixes that are a part of the process. Then I thoroughly sanded and cleaned it before painting. I did not want a lot of chipping. As you can see, I ended up not getting any chipping. I just got some nice distressed edges when I sanded again after painting.
As for the mirror, I had a little fun with that. When I took it apart to paint the back I realized that some of the silvering was chipping off. It reminded me of a fabulous mirror that I saw at the Round Barn that had a bunch of silvering missing and you could see some vintage newspaper behind those spots. Gorgeous. So, I decided to try to copy that look.
I used my trusty old Swedish bible and added it behind the mirror using a little spray adhesive to keep it in place. It’s a small detail that makes all the difference on this dresser. Adding that little touch of something unique that no one else has.
I love the idea of a pop of deep black in an otherwise mostly white room, don’t you?
I wish I could keep every dresser that I fall in love with, but that would classify me as a hoarder and we can’t have that.
So this gorgeous bit of black magic is
for sale. If you are interested in the particulars, leave me a comment and I will get back to you via email. Ooops, you missed it, this one is SOLD.
One final B & A.