Making Old New Again

4 angles of dresser

This vintage piece was originally a throw away. It is about 100 years old. The natural brown stain was completely warn away and scratched from top to bottom. All hardware was black and tarnished. I had just moved and wanted a piece that was one of a kind for my bedroom.
I had nothing to lose with this one!

With some sanding, primer and a few coats of Benjamin Moore oil based paint, this piece was completely transformed!  The dresser pulls were the best part.  After quite a bit of stripping, sanding, and burnishing, these beautiful brass pulls gleamed like they did 100 years ago!

The solid brass finish came as an extremely pleasant surprise. Originally I had searched for new hardware but wasn’t sold on drilling new holes for handles that didn’t fit perfectly. With very little maintenance, we will enjoy this one of a kind piece for a very long time.


dresser detail bottom 2
dresser detail bottom 1
before exampleThe before condition of this piece was almost exactly like this one but with a little less red.


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    Marilyn Walsh says:

    You did a beautiful job on my fathers dresser drawers. Very tedious work. So happy that you were able to do your magic!!

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