My neighbor, nnK (that’s short for new neighbor Karen, because when she moved in we already had another Karen next door) offered me an antique dresser a while back. Her style is very mid-mod. She loves blonde, Heywood Wakefield furniture in particular. If you know what Hey-Wake looks like, you’ll quickly realize that this dresser is basically the direct opposite of her style.
However, she had been hanging on to this piece for years even though it really didn’t suit her style. Why? Because she got it from her grandmother and she thought it was a family heirloom. Right up until her mom recently told her that no, grandma actually purchased this dresser at a garage sale. It had never been a treasured family heirloom at all.
Suddenly nnK had the freedom to get rid of it, so it came my way.
Initially I thought I would just paint it black rather than trying to fight with covering that dark stain with a lighter color. But I kept hesitating. Finally I realized that even though it was going to take an extra step or two, I really wanted to lighten this one up.
I felt there was a good chance that the dark stain was going to bleed through my paint, so I started out by giving this piece a coat of Dixie Belle’s BOSS.
This product comes in Clear and White, and will block bleed through. I had Clear on hand so that’s what I used.
I’ve learned that BOSS works best if you let it dry for a full 24 hours before painting over it. This is one product where the recommended dry time really can make a difference.
I got amazing coverage with Dixie Belle’s Sawmill Gravy over the BOSS. I barely even needed a 2nd coat.
Once the paint was dry, I sanded to distress and then pulled out the Fresh Flowers transfer from re.design with prima.
Because this dresser is somewhat petite and only has two drawers, I didn’t want to overwhelm it. So I just used the wording portion of the transfer.
I really tend to gravitate towards a more simple look. In this case, I kept the hardware simple too. If you look back at the ‘before’ photo, you’ll see that only three of the pulls matched. I decided to even that out a little by finding another matching pull for the odd one out.
I wish I had four of the originals because I do like them a little bit better than the replacements.
But ultimately I doubt anyone is going to really pay that much attention.
The final touch was to coat everything including the drawer pulls with a light coat of clear wax. A little bit of wax does a nice job of freshening up old drawer pulls like these.
This little dresser would be perfect as a TV stand. It’s fairly low, and the size would balance out your average flat screen TV.
Or, you could just use it as a plant stand of sorts …
filled with plants, or buckets of fresh peonies!
Speaking of which, it’s peony season! It’s a short one, so we have to enjoy every second while it lasts. It helps that my neighbor Arlene’s peonies bloom just a tad earlier than some of mine, and she’s super generous with them so that extends the season a little.
The white one and the pale pink one at the top of the photo are mine, the deeper pink ones are from Arlene’s plants. I also have a really deep magenta colored version, and another variety of white, but those aren’t quite open yet.
So, I’m curious, how many of you are hanging on to a piece of furniture that’s not your style simply because it’s a ‘family heirloom’? If so, maybe you should check the provenance on that thing 😉
As always, thank you to Dixie Belle Paint Co and to re.design with prima for providing the products used for today’s projects.
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