Preserve & Transform

Susan Zerkel
by Susan Zerkel
4 Materials
20 Hours

A client asked me to redo this piece and gave me creative freedom. This is such a dynamic piece, that it was hard for me to do anything to it.

The top was really the only issue with scratches and dented corners. I believe in up cycling just about everything. So, I took what I had and with a creative, preserved, twist I was able to finish the piece.

First, I cleaned and cleaned, then cleaned some more. Second, removed all drawers and wiped down the dresser with tong oil.

Next came the fun part, I used old sewing patterns and modge podged them on the sides of each drawer as well as the top. After lightly sanding, I sealed with poly.

Finally, the drawer fronts were painted black and I created a subtle “leathery” distressed look. To pull it all together, I added black to the sides of the drawers and top.

Great project and I was happy to preserve the craftsmanship that went into this piece.

Original purchase photo

Testing out my plan

Before and after

Putting it all together

Finished look

Prototype. Think it’s going to work!

Side view of finished look

All cleaned up

Finished top

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  • Mary Russell Mary Russell on May 09, 2022

    Thank you for not painting over those wonderful burl wood pieces on the front,they are great!