Stunning Walnut and Black Antique Dresser

3 Materials
8 Hours

Classic and timeless are the 2 words next to gorgeous that are used for this antique dresser makeover. Do you agree?

This antique dresser purchased along with this  super sweet dresser refinished in warm white are both over 100 years old and each well used over those years.

It was scrubbed inside and out to remove years of build up and get all the surfaces clean using Dixie Belle white lightning cleaner in a bucket of warm water and a bit of dawn. I scrub well with 2 sizes of scrub brushes then rinse well and dry.

The first step after a deep scrub, rinse and dry was to strip off the layers of finish. I chose EZ Strip paint and varnish stripper. This was done to the top and drawer fronts.

The drawer fronts required many passes with the orbital sander to remove most of the scratches.

Starting with 80 grot sandpaper and moving thru the grit took time but it was a lovely day to work on it.

To give a classic warm brown stain to all the bare wood I chose  Dixie Belle No Pain Gel Stain in walnut applied with a blue shop towel.

After 72 hours I sealed all the stained surfaces with  Dixie Belle flat clear coat brushed on with the  Dixie Belle scarlet brush. Two coats were applied with a light  sponge sanding between coats.

For the body of the dresser  Dixie Belle silk paint in the rich black color anchor was applied using the mini  Dixie Belle synthetic brush (a favorite of mine)

One coat was brushed on then after about 4 hours I touched up areas needing just a bit more.  Dixie Belle sanding sponge was used to softly buff the paint and lightly distress edges to keep the antique vibe.

New knobs were ordered from the fabulous  D Lawless Hardware. They are absolutely perfect.

Now this beauty is ready for 100 more years refinished in this timeless color combination.

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  • Mary Russell Mary Russell on Jan 24, 2022

    Not too bad.How well do the drawers work/slide,and did the slides require work?

  • MARY MARY on Jan 25, 2022

    You didn't mention veneer, I'm sure there was some. I have a chest very similar with damaged veneer on the top. I have no idea how to replace the veneer. I have thought about using chalk paint on it, but I hate losing the

    walnut finish. Any thoughts about this? Thanks, Mary


  • Pam Turley Lucido Pam Turley Lucido on Jan 31, 2022


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  • 56680139 56680139 on Jan 25, 2024

    Absolutely beautiful. Perfect choice of stain and color.

    I want to add that Dixie Belle products are NOT the only ones that you can use.

    There are many other brands that will give you the same look and probably last longer and cost much less.

    Honestly...I wish this affiliate business would stop on here. It absolutely ruins it for me.

    • Creative Moments Creative Moments on Jan 25, 2024

      Thank you for the kind words. Of course there are endless companies with similar products. This is what makes it perfect for everyone to have a choice. However when sharing a project most people want to know what color and product are being used on it so much easier to put this in the details. Affiliate products should not really be an issue if you have similar options you prefer to use. This is meant to help the people who are not familiar or want to know. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

  • SONIA RAMOS SONIA RAMOS on Jan 27, 2024