I’m so excited to share today’s makeover with you. I put a lot of effort into this piece. I really think it paid off and I’m hoping you think so too.
I’m a big fan of linen press dressers, so when I saw this one on Craigslist it was a no-brainer even though it was at the very top of my usual price range.
What makes this a ‘linen press’ are the interior drawers.
Every time I see one of these I want to save it, even though I know it’s a bit more work than a traditional dresser.
This one didn’t require much in the way of repairs, just a little adjusting for one of the doors that was sticking. I simply sanded the bottom of the door a bit, tightened up the hinges and now it works fine. You’ll also notice that some of the detail trim has broken off, but I’m OK with that. I think it just adds to its vintage charm.
As soon as I brought this piece home I knew I wanted to use the French Ceramics transfer from Prima Marketing’s re.design line on those interior drawers.
I thought Dixie Belle’s In the Navy would be the perfect compliment to the transfer.
I began by stripping the top of the dresser with Citristrip. Next I lightly sanded the entire piece and then cleaned it with a damp cloth. Then I painted the shell with Dixie Belle’s In the Navy and the interior drawer fronts with Fusion’s Limestone.
The Limestone took two coats, but believe it or not I got away with just one coat of the In the Navy.
I waxed the top of the dresser using Dixie Belle’s Best Dang Wax in Brown.
That walnut burl wood veneer is kinda gorgeous, so I wanted to bring it back to its former glory.
I waxed the areas painted in In the Navy with Dixie Belle’s Best Dang Wax in Clear. By the way, you can feel perfectly safe using DB’s Best Dang Wax inside your home. It has almost no scent at all and it contains no petroleum distillates.
Once that was done I got out my Bronze Age art alchemy metallique wax from Prima Marketing …
and applied that to the details on the fronts of the doors using a q-tip.
The Bronze Age provided just the right look. I think a brighter metallic would have overpowered the piece.
And now for the really fun part. Yep, there’s more! I applied the French Ceramics transfer over the Limestone on the inner drawers.
Yowza! I absolutely love it!
Let’s talk logistics for a minute. I needed two sets of the transfer for this project. I used the entire first set and just the left 6″ from the 2nd set. The transfer comes on three sheets that are 22″ wide x 10″ tall each. The pattern has a repeat both horizontally and vertically. Meaning that you could line up the design into perpetuity going either across or down. Since the drawers are 28″ wide that meant that I could add another 6″ to the width by lining up the sheets from the 2nd set for that remaining 6″. Boy, that was about as clear as mud, right?
Suffice to say that you can line this pattern up fairly easily both across and down and it will look seamless.
I gotta say, whoever ends up owning this lovely linen press might find it difficult to keep the doors closed.
Maybe that makes it perfect for a messy person who never quite gets doors shut.
If you’re wondering where to purchase the Prima Marketing re.design French Ceramics transfer or their art alchemy metallique waxes, check out their ‘where to buy’ page.
If you’re wondering where to buy the Fusion paint in Limestone, check out their ‘where to buy‘ page.
And finally, if you happen to be local (Twin Cities, MN) and in need of a gorgeous linen press dresser, check out my ‘available for local sale’ page for more details.
Many thanks to Dixie Belle, Fusion and Prima Marketing for sponsoring this project by providing the paint, waxes and transfers. As always, although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.