When I search for furniture to refinish and paint, I need to have a really open mind. The first thing I look for is solid wood. I avoid particle board and poorly constructed furniture entirely, because I feel strongly about having and selling furniture that is sturdy and will last. So when I found this unfortunate dresser, I knew I had to have it. It had simple lines, good storage with working drawers, and a pull out with beautiful burled walnut. I tried to refinish this piece back to its natural wood, but the top was so poorly maintained, I decided to change the look entirely.
The transformation is really something. Like the bench from yesterday's post, I took this dresser from one extreme to another. I wanted the dresser to still feel antique, but decided to update the drawer pulls to make them more functional.
I used Annie Sloan's Old White chalk paint and a layer of clear wax, and the dresser looked fine enough, but somewhat plain. I wanted to experiment with creating a more aged, antique look, so I brushed in dark wax to help bring out the subtle details and give it the patina I was looking for.
I went with oil rubbed bronze cup pulls, because I love how the aged tone of the white looked alongside them. [cup pulls are also the best. thing. ever.] I styled the top with a few old objects, along with a beautiful terrarium a good friend made [which will soon be for sale in my shop!].
I love that there's an open space, which is perfect for tucking away magazines, or placing a couple decorative objects. My favorite feature has to be the pull out, partly because I love the little unique touches like this that make antiques so special, and partly because the wood is just plain gorgeous.
You just don't see burled walnut like that everyday, folks.
This piece evolved into something with a sense of soul and warmth. It will look impeccable as a spacious nightstand [with a small desk flanking the other side of the bed possibly?], or as a console table at the entry of a home. It works well as a small dresser in either a guest room or a child's room, or any small space. But wherever it ends up, I know it will look amazing in just about any situation. It's now for sale in my shop and on Craigslist. Looking forward to finding this special piece a new home!