Monday, April 29, 2013

Antique Red Dresser

I totally lucked into this dresser a couple of Sundays ago when I quickly ran out to Lowes to pick something up. I hardly ever go there because I always use Behr paint and there are two Home Depots each within a few miles of my home. But, I really needed a certain primer that was only at Lowes and it totally worked out awesome because I stumbled upon a yard sale right on the main road and out of the corner of my eye I spied an antique dresser. I love a quick and unexpected purchase like this! I offered $10 less than asking, it was immediately accepted and loaded into my SUV and within minutes I was on my way!

The dresser had layer after layer of paint that did not even seem to budge with the electric sander, so I decided to use my new best friend that has totally saved me on a couple of projects lately (Valspar Adhesion Primer). It really made all the difference in prepping this piece with that primer and it left it super simple to paint.

The dresser is really old and I wanted to preserve that chippy, aged feel as much as I could.  After the adhesion primer had dried, I painted the entire dresser with a coat of black paint. I think that one of my favorite techniques when refurbishing furniture is to layer different colors. I especially love this look distressed as it gives even the most boring pieces loads of interest.  You can see how the finished look of this dresser is really worn and imperfect.

It's so funny because I've been using more and more red on my furniture updates lately but have felt a little unsatisfied with my exact color choices. They were either too pink or had too much fuchsia; just not the perfect, pure red I was looking for. This red, though, I really love. And, it just so happens that it is the exact color of my front door (Behr Awning Red). It was right there in front of me the entire time. Sigh.

I have to share with you the before shot of this dresser. It was just beyond yuck. Believe me, I bought this completely for the shape and interesting details.

Way better after, right? And, I think the black and red are much more in keeping with the period of the piece.  So, I have this for sale at Village Primitives in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. And after I lugged it there (and believe me this dresser is heavy), my Mom tells me that she wishes she had bought it from me because it would be perfect in her den.) So, now I'm on the lookout for another similar dresser to do custom for her!


Have a great Monday!
My boys are free from homeschooling today since Martino helped me out while I was making my furniture delivery on Saturday and did the entire weeks worth of math with the boys. This was the best thing ever! Math is just thing. Now my boys can relax today and I have many projects to accomplish!


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