A Face Lift for Miss Waterfall

This little waterfall dresser had seen happier days. A lot of the veneer was peeling away and she needed a new face.
The whole piece was sanded and missing edges were filled. Then decisions were made.
My customer had asked for blues to match her bedroom
The beginnings of a delicate stencil and copper paint! What's not to love?
The original details were brought to life with the copper paint
The original hardware painted too
up close
A pop of red in all the drawers
All varnished and ready to go. One happy little dresser and a very happy customer too!
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  • Ruth Ruth on Jan 07, 2018
    Did you remove the veneer and then sand it? Or repair veneer by replacing missed pieces, and then sand the veneer? Starting on a waterfall dresser myself and needing direction. Thank you in advance.

  • Tena Tena on May 02, 2019

    Starting my own Waterfall dresser project and have some water damage on the sides. I will louse some veneer but some of the wood has also come away Im thinking of getting it wet again and then clamping and glueing and praying lol. I don't want to replace the sides do you have any suggestions? should I get it wet and clamp to get the warping out?

  • Trish Cain Trish Cain on Sep 03, 2020

    Where can I find this stencil for the dotted star?

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