This project was one of my favorite and one of the easiest I’ve done so far. Probably because this vintage dresser was so incredibly beautiful to begin with that I hardly had to do anything to it.
It all began about three years ago when I was searching high and low for the perfect dresser. After a few visits to some furniture stores, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to afford anything new. So of course, as any good college student (or crafty adult) would do, I decided to check out Craigslist. I knew I would probably have to do some painting and make a little project out of whatever I found and I was ok with that. It took about 15 minutes to find this gem. A woman was selling all the furniture from her mother’s apartment because she had fallen ill and had to move into assisted living. I know it’s terrible to say, but these are usually the best situations to find some awesome vintage/antique furniture and décor.
I bought the dresser for $30. It had some mid-century details and the INCREDIBLE original hardware from the 1960s. I had every intention of refinishing it right away but it never really happened. So I used it as my dresser in my room in its original state, which included some cigarette burns (they added character) and a really beat up peachy colored paint job, until a few months ago.
I wanted this project to be as cheap as possible so I used the little bit of pure white Annie Sloan chalk paint I had left over from my other dresser project. After taking off all that gorgeous hardware and pulling the drawers out, I did one quick coat over the entire piece (no sanding necessary to prep, the BEST part of chalk paint!). Then, I did a quick sand with super fine #220 sandpaper to give it a slightly distressed look. I loved that the old peachy color cane through slightly. I finished it off with a generous layer of the Annie Sloan clear wax applied with cheesecloth. Side note about the wax – I personally think that to get the texture you want and finish that won’t chip easily, the trick is to really generously apply the wax. I know a little of that stuff goes a long way, but I’ve liked the results I’ve seen more when I put on a few layers versus one.
After letting the wax “cure” overnight, I did a quick buff with a recommended brush from Keep the Piece, which also stocks Annie Sloan chalk paint in Omaha for those of you wondering. Then I put the hardware back on the drawers and the drawers back in and, presto! I can’t tell you guys enough how much I love this piece of furniture. It’s fabulous. And instead of functioning as a dresser, Trevor and I now use it as our entryway counsel right when you walk in our front door.
It was so simple to do sometimes I can’t believe it. I’m definitely finding more success when I stop thinking so much about the details of a project and just run with it. This was one of the most unplanned projects I’ve done, so it acts as proof that sometimes just winging actually provides the best results!
Does anyone have some awesome vintage furniture they want to show off in the comments!?