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Antique Highboy Goes Industrial

I love detail on furniture and this piece had almost none. It was sorely in need of a little attention to bring it up to date. And, those pulls just had to go! I decided to give it an industrial vibe and absolutely love how it turned out!
Before-although it was in great condition it was so outdated!
I always start by refinishing the top. It had a beautiful mahogany veneer top, so I carefully sanded it down and stained it with Java Gel from General Finishes. It has such a beautiful grain and I was so glad to be able to preserve it. There is a short tutorial on my blog (link is at end of post) on how I refinish a top.
I actually wanted to keep the original idea of the inlay down the front of the dresser, so decided on subtle two-tone stripes. I love the warm medium gray of the paint color with the dark top and hardware.
I added new cup pulls and knobs. So glad those hideous plastic handles are gone!
After--Such a modern looking piece now!

To see more: http://createinspireme.blogspot.com/2014/04/antique-highboy-goes-industrial.html

Ask the creator about this project

  • Jennifer G
    Jennifer G Clifton, CO
    on Apr 13, 2014

    Wow! The top was hiding such pretty wood grain! Nice job :)

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Apr 14, 2014

    Absolutely love it!

  • Mary Hill
    Mary Hill Los Lunas, NM
    on Apr 15, 2014

    Love what you did but like the drawer pulls that was on it.

  • Sue Salley
    Sue Salley Bristol, TN
    on Apr 15, 2014

    Very nice finish. A lot of the handles on this type of antique waterfall furniture were Bakelite. Are you sure they were plastic? They would be perfect for a project I am working on, do you still have them?

  • Sue Salley
    Sue Salley Bristol, TN
    on Apr 15, 2014

    I do love the new handles you put on it too. ANd the things you have sitting on top are pretty neat and go well with the piece.

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