I bought this dresser from a thrift store in Morgantown, West Virginia (about forty-five minutes away from where I live). Unfortunately for me, we didn’t have a way to pick it up for THREE WEEKS so I had to wait a long time to paint this one. The guy that owned the thrift store was SUPER nice, and he gave me a good deal on it. He said it had been in the shop for a long time – the top was scratched, burned and otherwise marked on. It didn’t bother me, because I knew I could fix it, and it was gorgeous.
This dresser is pretty old. It is good, solid wood. Dove tail drawers, and made by Broyhill! So you know it is quality furniture.
I had three weeks to think about what I was going to do with it, so I was anxious to get started. First I stripped the top, which was really hard to do! With all the scratches and ridges and dark spots, it took a lot to get it off! Seriously, a couple of hours and a sore back the next morning. Luckily my darling sister-in-law kept me company outside.
I stained the wood with Minwax Dark Walnut, and it took a couple of coats to get it as dark as I wanted. Then I put a clear top coat on and let that dry. I was pleased with how it was looking already.
After taking the drawers out and giving them a thorough cleaning, (they were lined with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle paper, I am so mad at myself for not taking a picture. It was hilarious) I painted the first coat of grey. I also did a coat on the rest of the dresser. My husband had unscrewed the handles and spray-painted them with Oil Rubbed Bronze paint. We let all of that dry over night and I did a second coat the next day. Then came waxing!
This picture illustrates the difference between an unwaxed drawer and one that had received the wax treatment. I used my Briwax Dark Wax and then used an old t-shirt dipped in clear furniture paste wax. It is seriously like an eraser!
So here is another picture illustrating the difference! I love how using the wax makes the details pop! They were hardly noticeable when the dresser was just wood.
All I had to do then, was put it all together and do a couple of touch-ups! Here are a few pictures with it all finished!
And here it is, one last time, the whole thing!
Have a lovely day!