Vintage Red Chalkpainted Dresser


I bought this scratched up, dirty dresser off of craiglist. Once I got home and started cleaning it up I found a letter in it from 1917. It was a woman that was sending in a letter to apply for a teaching position. After finding that gem, I painted it with 3 coats of red chalkpaint, but in the can the paint was bright red but on the piece it looked maroon. I then coated it with two coats of another red to brighten it up. I then distressed it, repainted the original hardware and coated it in a clear wax.

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  • Kathleen Mary Byrne
    on Jul 29, 2018

    When you cleaned this up, did you have to sand it, or just wash it down, and get painting? Any specific brush?

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