Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Dresser Project

I had a blast taking on this beauty recently. I bought it for five bucks at a yard sale.
I sanded it down and slapped on two coats of Annie Sloan Old White paint, after staining the top Ebony and coating it with a clear glossy wax.
(Streaks of pink kept bleeding through in small areas, which I learned often happens with furniture from the 30s & 40s. I coated those areas with clear wax & then painted over it as soon as it dried.)
Then I got down to business distressing. I sanded the edges and worked it over good. In certain areas I used a pencil eraser to add in a darker stain (the same Ebony stain as I used for the top).
And here's the end result...

And one with a very curious dog...

Many of you know me as a writer and a mom. But this is a whole other side of me.
I love working with furniture.
Do you have a hobby not many people know about?


  1. Wow, Wendy, it's beautiful!! I'm amazed you found it for $5!! The only furniture I find at garage sales is made of particle board or urine-infested old couches. :( I might need to start hitting the sales again!

    1. Yeah, I talk a good deal. ;-) I've come across the urine-infested stuff, too. I only offer 50 cents for those. ;-)

  2. Wendy: When I first saw the dresser, I said "Woooooo!" It was a great piece of furniture in its 'heyday.' And only $5.00. This is one BARGAIN. What are your plans for it. You did an excellent job on refinishing this.

    1. Currently it's up in our bedroom. I'm hoping it will be a solution to all the clothes that seem to live on our floor.


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