Painted Vintage Dresser With Mirror
I was at a local thrift store looking for a few small items, but instead I came across this vintage dresser and mirror. Love at first sight! The finish must have been stunning at one time, but it was now damaged and dreary. I knew it would look stunning once again with a makeover with paint.
What a beauty with elegant lines and sexy legs! But this is no dainty piece. The dresser has a bowed front and the two bottom drawers are deep which offer plenty of storage.
It was manufactured by The Rushville Furniture Company for the Duning Furniture Company in Richmond, Indiana. I'm not sure of the exact date of the dresser, but my guess is early 1900's -- possibly the 1920's.
The finish was in poor condition throughout, but it is otherwise structurally and functionally sound.
There were some areas of veneer missing on the top. I was able to make the repair with stain-able wood filler. I used a dark espresso stain and the wood filler is no longer visible. I'm not sure if that would have been the case with a lighter stain.
I painted the entire base and mirror frame in Arles (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint). The top of the dresser is stained in a dark espresso gloss finish.
I love the contrast between the Arles paint and the dark stain.
Other than a good cleaning, I decided to leave the hardware as-is. Sometimes old hardware will clash with a new finish, but I think in this case the aged patina goes well with the new paint finish.
Did I mention sexy legs?
Some of the wood grain still peeks through the finish; however, the areas with repaired veneer are no longer noticeable.
The mirror is detachable and rests upon two supports.
The inside of the drawers are in great condition. The dresser sits on casters making it easy to move from room-to-room, but lifting it is quite heavy. The two bottom drawers are very heavy, so I remove the drawers first before moving and I am able to lift it quite comfortably -- with a strong helper!
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