A Beautiful Dresser in Coco and Old White

I hope you all are enjoying your last month of Summer! This happens to be my birthday month, unfortunently we will be packing and moving during that week… but it’s ok as I will be sure to take a dinner break on the 27th to celebrate! Currently I am busy taking the last items off of the walls, patching and painting… and thinking ‘why in the heck did I put so much stuff up’… I think this is going to take forever! I’m also still finishing up the few last projects, but this one is my last custom client piece, hope you enjoy it!

I have had this dresser in my garage waiting patiently to be refinished since February of 2012! I have a really good excuse for that though I promise! You see there was a lot of missing molding on this dresser and I wanted to fix it by replicating the existing pieces using plaster and a making a custom mold (which I have never done before) I tried it, it didn’t work for me… I’m not sure if it was because the pieces were so thin but the plaster pieces kept breaking so I had to move onto option 2… remove what I had to, keep what I could, replace some with new pieces…

Here is the dresser, all of those arrows are pointing to places where the original molding was missing, one is because it was also missing a knob. Those white spots on the top back are from the mirror which was no longer with the piece when I bought it… so sad!

French dresser unfinished

I nailed the drawer bottoms back into place and filled the top holes with Minwax High Performance Wood Filler. I did sand the entire top down as it had some pretty good scratches and then restained it so that when I distressed the top it wouldn’t look different then the base.

This is the beautiful After, it waited a long time to be fixed up, but I think it was worth the wait!

AFTER

French chest painted Old White and CoCo ASCP

The colors are Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Coco and Old White, a very pretty combination! You can see where I added new trim on the two bottom drawers and removed some of the trim from the top drawers. I also “cheated” a little by copying one of the knobs in Photoshop and adding it to the drawer to make it look like I had all four knobs, sneaky right? My client purchased some very pretty glass knobs from Hobby Lobby to replace these, but I didn’t have them when I needed to take the photos.

French chest painted Old White and CoCo ASCP

I painted 2 coats of Coco on the drawers then I painted the trim white. I distressed the paint with 220 grit sandpaper, using both an orbital sander and hand sanding on the more intricate areas. I then applied a top coat of Annie Sloan clear wax, buffed it with 0000 steel wool and polished it with a soft cloth until it shined!

French chest painted Old White and CoCo ASCP

Even though there is less detail I’m still very pleased with what detail I was able to save. Adding the molding was easy, just cut the pieces on a 45, apply with Loctite and add a few tiny nails to hold it all in place.

French chest painted Old White and CoCo ASCP

I cleaned the knobs with a soak of Ammonia and a little water, letting the knobs soak overnight. Aren’t these just gorgeous!

French chest painted Old White and CoCo ASCP

A final look at the before and after

Before and After French chest painted Old White and CoCo ASCP

I hope my client loves this chest and the bed frame… as I enjoyed working with her and providing her with custom, one of a kind pieces to grace her home, thanks Tina!

Until next time…

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A Matching Chest of Drawers Update

This chest of drawers is part of a set that I am refinishing for a client. I completed the dresser (check it out here) a couple of months ago, but had to put the chest on the backburner due to the Lucketts show.

This is what I started out with… what you can’t see is the REALLY badly peeling veneer on one side and a seriously messed up bottom drawer, but other than that it was in not too bad of shape!

BEFORE

Oh so much better right? The wood is stained dark walnut and the body is painted in Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Refinished vintage chest of drawers

All of the the wood had to be sanded to remove the flaking top coat and I had to remove one whole side of veneer! I used a combination of heat gun & scraper and 80 grit sandpaper to remove the veneer.

Refinished vintage chest of drawers

I distressed the wood embellishments and then applied a coat of Gold Rub-n-Buff.

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Love this beautiful veneer work in the center!

Fabulous veneer on dresser front

I used Watco Danish Oil , dark wax and clear wax for the stained areas and just clear wax for the painted sections. The whole piece was then buffed with 0000 steel wool and polished with a soft cloth.  I also soaked the handles in ammonia overnight and then rinsed and brushed them good to highlight their natural beauty.

Old White painted chest of drawers

This is my handsome photo bomber, he LOVES to get in the shot and when I sat on the deck to take pictures he came over to supervise, he’s so funny! In case you’re wondering he’s a 5 1/2 year old Blue Weimaraner and about as sweet as it gets!

Blue Weimaraner

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest project! Come back anytime!

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