April 20, 2016 by Terry
Recently I made over this Empire Dresser. It was in such rough shape when I bought it that it actually sat in the garage for half a year waiting for me to muster the ambition to fix it. The photo below shows the state in which I bought it, but what it doesn’t show are the broken drawers and frame that are inside it.
The lady I bought it from was in the middle of trying to restore it herself and then found out she and her husband were moving across country so she was needing to give it up.
She had already removed much of the layers and layers of bad paint on it but had gouged and damaged the wood quite a bit in the process. She also had “tried” to fix the frames that the drawers sat on but all she used was wood glue which really didn’t work.
Now for the pretty part …
My husband was gracious enough to rebuild the inside of the dresser and put new bottoms in each drawer. I sprayed the whole piece with three light coats of Fusion’s Homestead Blue paint and finished it with wax for a slight shine. I decided to use the original wood knobs for now and painted them in Fusion’s Metallic Gold paint for a little bling. I decided not to do any distressing on this piece which, quite honestly, felt weird to me … almost like I missed a step in the makeover ;)
I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in the color Curio watered down to stain the top. Then I finished it with a generous drink of Hemp Oil to bring out the richness of the color and to protect the wood.
The insides of each drawer were painted and lined with some pretty paper as well.
What do you think?
While I love the gold on blue, I’m not sold that these are the knobs that will stay on this piece. They look okay but they almost don’t feel right.
I had originally intended to sell this beauty at the upcoming market at the end of the month but now I am having second thoughts about doing so.
Some of the time the drawers aren’t perfectly smooth when opening and closing them and I would prefer that if someone is buying it, that it works perfectly for them. People tell me that it’s okay because it is old but I have seen pieces much older that don’t stick a bit.
I could also be making excused for the fact that it looks amazing in my laundry room and I’d love to keep it!
I have currently taken the one I had in the laundry room out and am making it over as we speak just in case ;) … I will need a replacement piece for the market! Problem is… I’m loving that one too!!! Ahhhhhh!
What do you think? Keep it or let it go?
Have a fantastic day!
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