I saw this beauty on Craigslist and absolutely wanted her! Who wouldn't with all that gorgeous detail? The ad read "great condition top needs refinishing, easy fix" I thought ok, I can handle that! I'll just remove whatever veneer is damaged or sand it if it's needs it. My only problem was that the dresser was over an hour away. I had the kids to myself since it was a Saturday and naturally Toni was managing the restaurant and totally busy.
I quickly messaged a friend who I met after I had posted in a local Facebook group around Christmas asking if anyone wanted to make some cash picking up table for me. A wonderful woman Anna and her husband, Jason rescued me then and I was hoping they'd be available for this trip! Luckily for me they were! I made the arrangements with the seller and passed the information on to Anna and Jason and they picked it up for me! What amazing people!!
They looked slightly concerned when I came to look at it as they were unloading it and asked if I was aware it was damaged... I said yes, he said it was an easy fix. Their faces showed it was more than just an easy fix so I was worried and anxious to see what I'd gotten myself into!
To say I was shocked at the condition of the top was an understatement, I was saddened by it, amazed at how this was even possible, and scared for my husband to see what a disaster I'd been SO excited to get home!!
We let the dresser sit for about a month before we finally decided to tackle it. Toni knew right away when he saw it what he'd have to do to save the top. He got out his planer and set to work. He ended up having to shave off at least a couple inches and reshape the edges. I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!
I got right to work staining the top and painting it and we had it finished within the day! To paint this dresser I mixed up a bit of French Linen with a dash of Silhouette. I really wanted a gray for this but it turned out a bit blue. I loved it and added some depth by layering French Linen over it in my final coat. I used Bonding Creme because I didn't want this to be chippy and I knew from that shiny finish the Milk Paint would just chip right off which I usually love!!
I highlighted the raised details with our Pearl wax to give them some luster and shine. I planned to use our Clear Beeswax Polish to seal the Milk Paint but for some reason didn't do it right away. As the days went by I found that I really just liked the smooth natural finish of the Milk Paint on this piece. It has a super matte, velvety look and with the Pearl wax on the raised details I really love it! Some pieces I just prefer to leave unsealed. I have to be careful with it while the paint cures, Milk Paint like most other paints cures over time. If you decide to leave your furniture unsealed be sure to use caution as it's easy to scratch/stain the surface. It takes about 30 days for Milk Paint to cure and after this point you can go ahead and use the piece regularly.
Toni, ever so frugal, said take it to the shop and sell it! I made excuses, I haven't done the mirror, I still need to wax it.. etc. etc. I let it sit around the house moving from one wall to the other and finally after a few weeks of this nonsense, I decided that I wanted to see how it looked in my living room. I had an idea to rearrange the living room because of a hutch at the shop that I'd been wanting for months. I could sell an old secretary to make room for it and put this dresser in the dreary far corner that currently housed a dark antique display cabinet. So it was decided, Toni helped me move all the things around and picked the hutch up for me (I'll share that in a later blog post). Here's how the dresser looks now, I still have to work on the mirror, I had the bright idea to acid wash it..again, another post will show this process. I have some really fun ideas for it so I'm excited to share it with you all. For now, this is the dreary corner with our rescued dresser.
I just love the matte velvety finish unsealed Milk Paint has! Paired wit the dark stained top and Pearl wax on the raised details I think it's the perfect finish for this now beautiful dresser. I hope you all enjoyed this post! I'm off to snuggle my little Squish!