Making the Old Look New yet Old Again
I LOVE antique dressers. They were made in a time when great detail and attention was put into construction using all real wood. Whenever I find one that needs reloving I grab it.
I do like to refinish them though, in a style that is in keeping with its age and usually choose milk paint and refinishing the wood as my go tos. Follow along below to see how I got this look.
Here it is pre reloving, the original hardware and casters always add charm and required just a clean and refresh. I used rub and buff in antique gold to give the hardware new shine.
The gorgeous inlaid wood in the top drawer front just cried out to be refinished so I stripped and sanded all the drawer fronts along with the top.
I used Homestead House stain and oil finish all in one to bring out the wood grain, see bottom two have first coat on while top two are bare wood. This finish is fabulous all in one with almost no smell. I applied 2 coats to the fronts and 3 to the top for the perfect coverage.
The body was painted with Homestead House's milk paint in raw silk with 2 coats. Milk paint loves to chip on its own which adds to the character and authenticity of the pieces age. I sealed it with hemp oil then added dark wax detailing and this beauty is ready for many more years of service.
Here is this gorgeous 4 drawer tall boy finished!
Resources for this project:
Homestead House milk paint, hemp oil and stain
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Published January 16th, 2018 3:06 PM