Antique Dresser Makover With Hummingbird Design

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It’s hot here in Arizona and it’s not the greatest time to work in the garage and definitely not a great idea to go junkin, but that is exactly what I am doing! I seen an ad on the local swap shop site for a free dresser, so off I went to pick it up. It was not in the best of shape but that is my speciality, taking junk and making it beautiful. When I got it home there was a big chunk missing from the top front, but the piece was there to fix it, thank goodness! It also looked odd sitting, like it needed legs or something. This dresser does have a stain shaded design and I have done a couple short videos to show how it is done, it is under my projects on Hometalk titled big ol’ sunflower table or you can see it and more of my work on my Facebook page. Www.facebook.com/memawslovelyglass

Time: 5 DaysCost: $10Difficulty: Advanced
  • antique dresser makover with hummingbird design

Here it is before. Someone had started to paint it black and I felt it looked odd sitting flush on the ground. It was solid wood and it was a well built piece of old furniture. I removed the decorative wood pieces on each drawer, I did this for the design I was putting on it.

  • antique dresser makover with hummingbird design

This is showing the big piece missing from the front. I wood glued it back on and used wood filler to smooth it all out and fill in the cracks.

  • antique dresser makover with hummingbird design

I added some bun feet. I had to use a small block of 2x4 to the back and then drilled holes for the feet to fit perfectly. I wood glued these in also. I waited 24hours for them to dry before turning over.

  • antique dresser makover with hummingbird design

I used my heat gun to get all the paint out of the crevices.

  • antique dresser makover with hummingbird design

All sanded and ready for design. The darker marks are wet from where I had wiped it off.

I decided to put a stain shaded hummingbird on the front. I was also going to stain areas and use copper metallic paint on the feet, top, and side areas, I also used a black glaze over the copper paint.

  • antique dresser makover with hummingbird design

My hummingbird has been drawn on and I have started out lining with stain. Stain shading is a process of using just stain to create an image.

  • antique dresser makover with hummingbird design

Side view, you can see where I stained and where the copper paint was used.

  • antique dresser makover with hummingbird design

Bun feet, painted and glazed

  • antique dresser makover with hummingbird design

Top painted and glazed. I had planned on staining the top but the area that had the flaw showed too bad.

  • antique dresser makover with hummingbird design

Hummingbird all finished.

  • antique dresser makover with hummingbird design

These are the only 3 things I used.

  • antique dresser makover with hummingbird design

All finished. The Hummingbird and his Shadow, I also added the mirror and painted it to match. I hope you enjoyed this project, I absolutely love it and it is by far one of my favorite pieces.

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