Do you remember THIS POST, the one where I started stripping a “Free to Me” dresser, and thought I would have the whole project completed that day? This is what it was transformed too!
This is where we started. Country Style, all the way back to mid 1980′s
This dresser technically qualifies for “trash”. It was left behind years ago in a friend of a friend’s garage after the friend of the friend moved. One drawer had been painted green in an effort to transform it, then was abandoned and chalked up to the fact that it would always look like a “Country Style” dresser. I took the dresser and painted it in white and cream, where it has faithfully served as a dresser in my bedroom for almost 7 years now.
Sufferering husband and I are finally, FINALLY giving our bedroom a grown up look. Being one that doesn’t like to throw out furniture. I “REDOUX” it, I wasn’t going to let this piece go without at least trying to give it another life.
I wanted to experiment a little with the finish, rustic, urban, industrial. So here is what I did:
I stripped almost all the paint off, but left some of it in the corners. I wanted the dresser to look like it had been around a long time. See the remnants of the paint in there?
After sanding the entire piece very smooth. I used a 220 grit to get a nice surface, then I always finish with a 320. This is the step that gives your furniture a velvety, smooth feel. I then used Minwax’s Prestain Wood Conditioner:
This time however, I did something different with the stain. I worked in sections, top, sides, then drawers. When I got to the drawers, I applied the stain, then wiped some of it off with a painters rag, and left some to soak into the wood a little longer. I did this because I wanted an uneven (Old look).
I had a lovely gift card to Anthropology for my birthday. I added these vintage looking knobs. The dresser was finished, but I was waiting for the last perfect detail. These Vintage Casters I ordered online from Vintage Industrial I love how old they look!
The transformation was complete. When I look at this dresser, I don’t see Country Style anymore. I see “Perfection d’époque”!!
It looks like it could have even been around when you took pictures with camera that used film!
Can you believe THIS
Is now THIS????
I have about 4 things left to “Redoux” in my Master Bedroom. I am challenging myself to see if I can “Redoux” the entire room with existing pieces, or pieces I found for free. So far so good! If you missed my other “Le Junque” Redoux I added to my master, you can read about it HERE