Sunday, January 11, 2015

Birds Eye Maple Dresser Rescue

Now you know me and my painting obsession-I paint everything! There are times when I find pieces of furniture that have beautiful wood and I just can't take my paint brush to them and this dresser was one of them.  
Before:
This picture doesn't really show how scratched up and dinged the dresser really was.  There were white marks on the sides, big scratches on the front and the top was a mess. I like a challenge and this was one for sure!   I decided to start with the top and I stripped off the old finish and stain-shuch a pain to do!  It defiantly looked good after, but I wasn't about to do that for the entire dresser with its curved front and all.  I decided to try using dark wax on the dresser to see if it would help.  I first lightly scratched all the white makes off and then I applied the AS dark wax.  It worked like a charm!  I was amazed and so happy.  The dark wax covered the scratches and dings and made the entire dresser a deeper color and it became less orange.  










The top is beautiful now 




This dresser has such beautiful wood now! 

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32 comments:

  1. This is a really beautiful piece. I so agree with you about not painting gorgeous wood like this. And I like painting furniture, so it's not that I'm against the idea. But this one? No. Great job on restoring it. ~ Nancy

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  2. Thank you Nancy-If I can I try to rescue and transform beautiful wood, but I end up painting most pieces because I like to fink the worst ones to rescue and make beautiful again. It's a challenge!

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  3. What a beautiful dresser! Great tip about using the dark wax. I'm gonna have to remember that one for future use!

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    1. Thank you Jennifer-Dark wax is amazing stuff and has helped me rescue many things!

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  4. OMG! That is gorgeous. How much is it?
    Brenda

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    1. $300 but if you really want it Brenda we could do a trade-helping me make my blog better! We could ship it to you through Uship.com

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  5. GORGEOUS Darrielle!! I would LOVE to find a piece like that!!

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  6. Thank you Martina-I love doing a rescue like this!

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  7. You did a beautiful job refurbishing this dresser. The lovely grain in the wood show through so nicely.
    Mary Alice

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    1. Thank you Mary Alice-I love Birds Eye Maple and the beautiful grain.

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  8. Darrielle, you have revived a sad looking dresser into a beautiful piece of furniture. I ♥ bird's eye maple, it reminds me of my dad who loved working with it.
    Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Thank you Marigene-I think it is a beauty now and is was a sorry looking dresser before.

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  9. Your work paid off with that lovely dresser. Even a paint-it-lover like me can appreciate that wood.

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    1. Thank you Sugan-I agree -I appreciate beautiful wood too even the I am a 'Paint it" lover too!

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  10. Aren't you a smarty pants Darrielle. I'm going to pin this tip for future reference should I ever need it - thanks! Birds Eye Maple is such a beautiful wood and one that even this painting everything that doesn't move lady wouldn't dare paint. The dresser is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you Marie-I am a smarty pants, I agree! Actually I just wanted to rescue it without sanding and stripping it all and my ideas worked-I like easy!

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  11. This is beautiful wood, a lovely piece of furniture, and I am sooo glad you didn't paint this gem! Not everything looks better after being painted.

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    1. Thank you-I agree that not everything looks better paint-just most! ha ha

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  12. Darrielle,
    This is a beautiful piece of wood. You know me I love to paint everything but I have to agree with you on this one it is too beautiful to paint. Glad the dark wax worked so well. It looks gorgeous.
    Kris

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    1. Thank you Kris-beautiufl things need to be show cased and this dresser is one of those things!

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    1. Thank you Sue-I have a fondness for Birds Eye Maple so I try to rescue it when I can

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  14. I love this one too as is! Rare these days. xoox

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    1. Thank you Su- I agree they are hard to find

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  15. You did a great job on this dresser. I love birdseye maple. I have a dresser with mirror and 2 chest of drawers that belonged to my grandparents. Such treasures. You did a great job on this dresser.

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    1. Thank you Suzanne-Birds Eye Maple is very beautiful and there is no way I could paint it! Your pieces sound special.

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  16. Well now, this is flat-out gorgeous. Excellent decision to retain that Bird's Eye Maple. The pink roses are a lovely touch. I saw your comment at Vintage Inspiration Party. Have a great week. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey. www.irisabbey.com

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  17. Thank you Ann Marie-I love the gorgeousness of Birds Eye Maple and had to restore it!

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  18. When I was little, I always loved my grandma's birds eye dresser (she was French and called it a bureau). I still think it's a beautiful wood. I'm glad this was in good enough shape that you could rescue it and restore its glory. Nice job!

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  19. Thank you-I think it is a beautiful wood and I am glad I was able to restore it too!

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