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Before & After: Transforming a Dresser with Drawer Pulls & Paint

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. 

before-dresser

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. 

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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.

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dresser-jotorrijos

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!]. 

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antique-white-dresser-jotorrijos

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.

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You just don't see burled walnut like that everyday, folks.

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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!

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