Whoa, this project has taken a long time to complete. I think most of the delays were due to my anxiety about trying new techniques. Some fears were unfounded while others were realized. I'm feeling a bit nervous about this reveal because so many of you have expressed interest. I only hope it lives up to the hype. Let me just say as a disclaimer that I do not drink martinis in my bedroom. The dresser is in the dining room.
In case you haven't been following along this dresser was originally claimed by Barb at hodge:podge when we went thrifting. When she couldn't make it work I took the opportunity to pounce. What I didn't tell you is that it's original price of $70 was reduced to a blow-out special price of $35 the day I purchased it. Here's a reminder of the before.
The work started out as any ordinary painting project does...sanding, priming and painting. I have never distressed a furniture piece before so I was a little nervous. I've never stained a piece either so my anxiety level was mounting. You can get a peek at the distressing here and the staining here if you missed it. I was a very bad blogger and didn't take any photos of the finished stained piece but I can assure you it was heavenly. Afterwards I wanted to seal and protect it and I chose my newest obsession, furniture wax.
The body of the dresser turned out beautifully and then I started on the drawers and...disaster.
The wax actually started to remove the stain!
After a little cursing I buffed all the drawers. They looked bad. I added a bit more stain to try and add a new layer of coverage. It looked good except it was quite a bit darker than I had wanted. After obsessing for a day or two I painted the hardware and attached it and realized that mistakes sometimes happen for the right reason. The dresser looks perfect and probably would not have had enough "antique" patina if I hadn't added the extra layer of stain.
I kept most of the hardware but splurged on 4 glass knobs for the top drawers to give it a little sparkle.
Loving that awesome detail.
I have to say, I'm a convert. I never thought I could love a distressed and antiqued piece but I do!
Don't forget to enter the beautiful blanket giveaway taking place this Friday.