Friday, June 24, 2011

Revival #1

I will title my before and after furniture pieces, "Revival." Since, they are being 'revived,' after all.
My first piece is an antique dresser I found at Goodwill. It had big dark purple bunnies on the front of the drawers. They were sponged on and very difficult to cover up, even with primer.

I wiped it down and sanded it with 100 grit paper.

It did have a wonderful blue color for the base. I managed to let some of that show through after I distressed it. Ok, after sanding, I wiped down, again and then filled in some damaged areas with wood filler. I like to use my fingers to do that because it is so much easier. I just get a bit on my finger and press in area and rub in till smooth. Let dry and lightly sand with 220 grit paper.

It really had good lines. The feet were turned and the drawers are dovetailed. Those are the things I look for when buying furniture. It has to be quality and solid wood. No particle board,please. 
After filling in areas, I then primed the whole thing. I like to used water based primers because it is easier to clean up. They work well, too. After that dried, I painted it all over with Walmart's Table Linen White in flat paint. It is only $7.77 a gallon! I use flat paint because that is the closest to old milk paints. Milk paint is what has been used for centuries. However, it is hard to find and very pricey. I finish with a wax to give it a protective finish. It took 3 coats, though. I probably should have primed twice to cover the bunnies. The bunnies were te problem. That is why it took 3 coats. After all that, I sanded down area where I imagine normal wear would happen, like around the knobs, the edges, the feet to give it a distressed look. It some places I didn't sand all the way to the wood. I sanded just enough to let some of that pretty blue come through. As if it had worn through over time. I then rubbed my raw umber colored glaze over the entire piece to add a warm and worn color to the dresser. I focused around the knobs where your hands would have touched over many years. The crevices are also filled with the glaze. It just adds that finishing touch to look as if the piece had been made this way over generations. I finish it with a natural furniture wax. I use a big natural brush to brush it on and then wait about an hour to let it dry. Then I go back with a piece of clean muslin and buff it. Here is the finished piece:

Oh, I replaced the big wooden, round knobs with large glass ones from Hobby Lobby. Oh yeah, my dog, Colby thought it was beautiful, too! I have to take my pics on my front porch because that is where I get the best light. So, you notice I take many pics here. What's a girl to do?!
Feel free to ask any questions about this process. Now, go find an old piece, maybe around your own home, and Revive it!


  1. This turned out lovely. You distressed perfectly!

  2. Beautiful job! I love the colors.


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