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An Antique Chest of Drawers gets an Update

Antique or old furniture are some of our favorite pieces to re-do.

We always look for a piece that has some beautiful character and good bones. Have you noticed new furniture is just not made the way it used to be? This dresser was an old piece, made great, had some very cute details to it, but just needed a little bit of love!

Even though we absolutely love the old items they can sometimes be very unpredictable, which can cause some problems! For this particular piece, we found out that the top was not going to be able to be sanded down since it had some kind of veneer on it. * Wah, wah* There goes having a stained top look…

…Just kidding!

Previously, we found out that gel stain would work over a laminate topped table, so we decided to try the same idea with this top! Our client wanted a stained top look with white everywhere else. So we tried it!

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We applied this colored gel stain to the top. Three coats were applied and wiped back. Gel stain dries differently especially since it wasn’t getting soaked into real wood. So when we wiped it back, it actually gave a nice real-wood look! We loved it!


Another problem we have encountered with old pieces is that unseen stains tend to bleed through the paint. We have come to the conclusion that it happens a lot when you have a reddish tinted wood, and also when you sand it down. So when color started to bleed through our white paint, we stopped painting immediately and had to shellac the entire dresser before continuing. Shellac is very easy to apply, it is just very smelly – so make sure to have adequate ventilation.

Once that problem was fixed, we were able to get the beautiful white paint on, distressed the ornate details very subtly and sealed the dresser with wax.

And this antique chest of drawers turned out just perfectly! Its frustrating sometimes when unforeseen problems occur, but don’t ever give up! There is always something that can be done. And one good thing with paint, if you end up not liking the result, you can always paint over it!

Lucky for us, we loved the result, and so did our client 🙂 A very happy ending for this previously outdated dresser!

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Brenda Young
    June 26, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    As much as I do adore color, sometimes a fresh crisp white is all a piece needs or wants, lovely makeover ladies! Thanks for sharing your project at #FridaySFurnitureFix always love having you!

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      Kristen & Vicki
      June 26, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks Brenda! The two-tone look of wood and white is one of our favorites!

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    STEPHANIE ABBOTT
    June 27, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Beautiful result, guys. I’m featuring this at the To Grandma’s House We Go link party tonight, pinning, and sharing to FB. Have a great week.

  • Reply
    Carrie
    June 27, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Very pretty!!

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    Kelly
    July 9, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Such a great makeover, ladies! I love the subtle distressing to really show off the details. Thank you for linking up to The Creative Gallery – you’re one of my features this week 🙂
    Best.
    Kelly

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    Kelly
    July 9, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Such a great makeover, ladies! I love the subtle distressing to really show off the details. Thank you for linking up to The Creative Gallery – you’re one of my features this week 🙂
    Best.
    Kelly

    • Reply
      Kristen & Vicki
      July 12, 2017 at 9:00 am

      Thank you so much Kelly for your kind words and for the feature! So glad you liked it!

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    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com
    July 10, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Beautiful! I love white and the wood top gives it the perfect look! xo

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      Kristen & Vicki
      July 12, 2017 at 9:00 am

      Thanks Kendra! That is one of our favorite looks, a stained top and white bottom!

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    Debrashoppeno5
    July 12, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    I always like the look of white with a stained top. The dresser turned out so nice. Pinned

  • Reply
    Michelle Leslie
    August 7, 2017 at 2:13 am

    That’s great to know, thanks ladies. We found a really pretty table with a veneer top that I’ve been avoiding because I really, really wanted a dark top. I never even thought of trying to use Gel stain

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