perfection is not the name of my game.

I bet you guys have practically forgotten that I also paint furniture.  It definitely has been a hot minute since I worked on any.  That tends to happen this time of year though.  I usually have a big push in the fall to finish up any pieces that are out in my workshop, and then I go into Christmas mode and mainly work on smaller items of some sort.

Then shortly after the holidays I get itching to work on furniture again.

So with that in mind, I started searching Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist to find a likely candidate and I came across this dresser.

I chose it for a couple of reasons.  First of all, the price.  I got a great deal on it.  Second, I thought the style was fairly versatile.  It has a bit of a mid-mod vibe without being overtly mid-mod.  I liked the relatively clean lines and the curve.

The dresser needed a few quick repairs before I could get around to the fun part of painting it.  Ken replaced a missing runner underneath one drawer …

Then I did a lot of gluing of loose veneer.  If you look closely at the before photo you can see that there was a lot of veneer damage on the sides of the drawers and on the base.  So once I had the loose pieces securely glued down, I used some of Dixie Belle’s Mud to fill any gaps.

Next up I stripped the finish on the top of the dresser using CitriStrip.  It wasn’t until I had the top completely stripped that I noticed there was a chunk of veneer missing up there too.

Well, drat!  I know nothing about patching veneer, so I wasn’t going to attempt that.  I also hated the idea of filling it and then painting the top after all of that work stripping it.  So ultimately I decided to just live with it.  Since when am I aiming for perfection?

Well, about that … here’s a little sidebar for you … I tend to fall down rabbit holes on YouTube and my most recent rabbit hole is Baumgartner Restoration.  He does fine art restoration with painstaking attention to detail.  After spending too much time watching his videos I was starting to think that I should be aiming for perfection myself.

But then I remembered, this is cast off furniture not fine art.  My goal is functionality and decorative appeal, not perfection.  This flaw is towards the back and any potential buyer is likely to have something on top of this dresser that covers up that spot anyway.

A pile of books does the job perfectly.

So after sanding the top smooth, rather than re-staining and adding a clear coat, I decided to just give it a coat of clear wax to bring out its beauty but also leave it a bit more on the rustic side.

I decided to hedge my bets and give the base a coat of Dixie Belle’s clear B.O.S.S. before painting it.  I wasn’t sure if the orange-y stain would bleed or not, but I’ve learned over time, better safe than sorry.  It’s so much easier to just go ahead and add that B.O.S.S. from the get-go (too bad I didn’t apply this knowledge to the boxes I shared on Friday!).

Next came two coats of Dixie Belle’s Bunker Hill Blue.

It’s such a gorgeous, rich shade of blue.

While the paint dried, I decided to brighten up those figure 8 drawer pulls with some metallic wax.

In this case, I used the with prima décor wax in Eternal.  I find it easiest to just apply this stuff with my finger while wearing a latex glove.  Before applying the wax, I prepped the pulls by simply washing them in hot water with Dawn dish soap.

I let the wax dry for about 24 hours, and then buff it up just a little with a soft cloth.  Those gold pulls really pop against the Bunker Hill Blue.

Before putting the pulls back on, I lightly sanded the paint with 220 grit sandpaper and then finished up with a coat of Dixie Belle’s Big Mama’s Butta in the Orange Grove scent.

If you’ve never used this product, I like to describe it as halfway between wax and hemp oil.  It contains all-natural hemp seed oil, coconut oil, beeswax, and carnauba wax.  It works really well for rejuvenating dried out wood, but it can also be used over chalk paint (or milk paint for that matter).

I apply it with a wax brush and then buff away the excess with an old t-shirt.  In this case, a dark blue t-shirt to avoid leaving white fibers behind.

This dresser is super sturdy, and crazy heavy.  They really don’t make them like this anymore.  It’s also quite large.  I’m not sure it looks it in the photos, but it is 4′ wide.

I hope that even though I didn’t achieve perfection, I did breath a little new life into this one.

What do you think?

This piece is for sale locally, check my ‘available for local sale‘ page for more details.  And as always, thank you to Dixie Belle Paint Co for providing the paint and butta used in this makeover.

28 thoughts on “perfection is not the name of my game.

  1. love your color choice. Beautiful result.Hope you find more mid mod pieces,they lend themselves so well to refurbishment. I wS born in ’52 ,so I’m mid mod too. Lol Have a blessed week.


  2. Wow that is gorgeous and the pulls turned out spectacular. This could be good in a million places. And you’re right. Mid mod furniture is crazy sturdy!


  3. Just lovely! a great make over. That blue is a lovely color and the golden pulls and natural wood top all work so well together.


  4. What a beauty!! The blue is a perfect choice for that dresser and those gold pulls are like jewelry for the piece. Well done! I’m so glad you didn’t paint it with Drop Cloth☺️


  5. Never used it but see it all the time. Does the gold on the knobs/pulls hold up well to the heat of hands and the high use they’ll get? Anything you wouldn’t use it on?


    1. The gold wax holds up as well as paint would. In my opinion, there isn’t anything that is impervious to wear. The aged bronze factory finish on my kitchen cupboard drawer pulls shows lots of dings and scratches after several years of use. The one thing I wouldn’t use the wax on is anything that really heats up, like a lamp shade, radiator, or something that sits in the hot sun all the time. I don’t think one’s hands stay on the pull long enough to really heat it up.


  6. Great job! Although blue is not my fave, it looks awesome. Now can we talk about that super gorgeous lamp? Why have I never noticed it before? Is it an “oldie but a goodie” or a new find? Love it love it love it! Not local or I would own far too many if your smaller pieces such as bikes and toolboxes. ❤️


  7. Hi Linda! Bunkerhill Blue was the very first. Color I used when I started painting furniture. It is a beautiful color and the gold hardware is perfect with it. I’m glad to see you didn’t use a transfer. I do love a good transfer but I think they are going out of style. Maybe not?


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