Sorry to say, I neglected to get a before picture of the dresser I painted last weekend. But there wasn’t much to see. It wasn’t hideous and it also wasn’t a piece where it was hard to see the potential. This one went in with lots of potential and it lived up to it beautifully.
After patching a couple of spots of chipped veneer on the drawer fronts, I stripped the top. I wasn’t sure if the wood was going to be very pretty with just the CeCe Caldwell Aging Cream, but decided to give it a go. I’m so glad I did. My sister was sharing my workshop while working on her china cupboard (soon to be revealed), and she was amazed by the transformation with just a little wax. A while back one of my readers, Teri, asked me to show pictures of just such a transformation in progress, so here they are!
Here is the top after stripping (using a citrus based stripper), sanding with 220 grit sandpaper and wiping clean with a little TSP substitute (phosphate free, I use the spray and get it at Mendards).
It looks very dry and not terribly pretty.
Then here I am applying the Aging Cream with a piece of old flannel sheet (action shot taken by my sister, note my paint splattered fingers!) …
So, just to be clear. I am simply rubbing the Aging Cream (a.k.a. dark wax) into the wood, and it brings out that much gorgeousness! Please note, the use of ‘lint free cloth’ is recommended for waxing, but I am a rule breaker! Since I had sanded this wood smooth, I thought the flannel was a safe bet and it worked for me.
After rubbing the wax on, I usually wait about 10 minutes or so and then wipe away the excess with a fresh, clean cloth. Here it is after that step.
If you want more shine, you can go back after 24 hours and buff to a shine. I usually skip that step, I’m just not a ‘shine’ girl.
I can remember back to before I tried this myself. I had no idea that you could simply use wax to achieve these results. No stain, no poly. Of course, the results depend a bit on the natural beauty of the wood you are working with, so keep that in mind. Also, a waxed top will not be as durable as a poly’ed top. I think that is perfectly acceptable for a dresser, but maybe not as good for a desk or table top depending on how much wear they will get.
So … here’s what I did with the rest of the dresser.
I painted the body of the dresser in Miss Mustard Seed’s Marzipan (which is an almond color). I really love this color, which is kind of strange since it’s a glorified beige and I’m not really a beige girl. But, this is a warm, rich, almond-y color, not a pinky, peachy, beige-y color. So much better. It took three coats to get this coverage.
Next I added some Miss Mustard Seed Ironstone on the two medallions on the top drawer.
I finished with Miss Mustard Seed clear furniture wax. I wasn’t sure I would put the original hardware back on at first, but in the end it was perfect with the new color of the dresser, so I kept it.
Although I didn’t get any chipping on this one, it did distress beautifully along the edges.
My Perfect English Farmhouse book and some crazed and stained ironstone were perfect for staging this dresser.
And the chair that makes its way into so many of my photos looks great next to this dresser too.
And here is one last look at that waxed top.
This beautiful dresser is for sale, if you are local and interested in the details, leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you!
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