Saturday, August 22, 2015

How to Repair and Transform a Vintage Dresser






It's time for the August Fab Furniture Flipping Contest!  



This months themes is "Icing on the Cake" and the sponsor is the wonderful D. Lawless Hardware Company.

I found a great dresser on CL that needed a little TLC and I knew it would be perfect for the contest. 
Before:




You can see the joint compound repairs

The finish on the dresser was a yellow with gold details and the appliqués needed some patching.  To fix the appliqués, I put joint compound on the missing sections and when it was almost dry I shaped it with my fingernail ( high tech. tool-ha ha).  
I wanted to keep the dresser pretty close to the original, so I pulled out Antique White chalk paint from The Urban Rooster  and painted the dresser and mirror with two coats.  After the paint had dried I distressed the edges and added gold gilding wax to the details.  I just rubbed the gold gilding wax on with my finger-so easy! 




The last step in this dressers transformation was adding character/aging with dark wax and tung oil.  




Gorgeous knobs from  D. Lawless Hardware Company




I love the appliqués now! 

Gold Gilding Wax 


Great side details! 


Beautiful legs with wooden castors









Detail on the mirror 



I am in love with this dresser! Swoon! 

To see all of the entries in the Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest head on over to Dandelion Patina or  Sweet Song Bird.

If you are a blogger who paints furniture and would like to take part in the Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest you can contact Stacy from  Anastasia Vintage at info@anastasiavintage.com or Evey from  Sweet Song Bird at info@eveyscreations.com.


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33 comments:

  1. I love antiques. You always add such beautiful patina to them. What an amazing piece of furniture! Those embellishments are so intricate. And those little wooden castor wheels get me every time. Nicely done, Darrielle!

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    1. Thank you Robin-I love the wooden castors too!

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  2. Your piece is so shabby chic delicious! It would look great in the same room with my mirror! :o)

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    1. Thank you Lucy-it would look good with your mirror!

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  3. It's beautiful Darrielle. You do such a great job distressing and aging your pieces!

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    1. Thank you Marie-sometimes the distressing aging takes longer then the painting!

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  4. You always know exactly what to do with these shabby old pieces. This is perfection!

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    1. Thank you Betsy-this one had good bones and just needed a little help!

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  5. Wow, what an impressive perfect patina job on this piece. Could easily fool me it looks original and that awesome job you did on repairing those appliques... amazing talent lady!

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    1. Thank you Brenda-what a nice compliment-made my day!

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  6. What a beautiful piece of furniture! The finish is gorgeous and fits it perfectly! You cannot even tell where the repairs were made. The appliques are beautiful...I love the detail!

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    1. Thank you Benita-I was going for the original look to the dresser and I am glad you can not see my appliqué fixes! I succeeded!

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  7. It turned out beautiful. The icing on the cake are the knobs. Love them :)

    xo,
    rue

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    1. Thank you Rue-I agree about the knobs!

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  8. What a magnificent piece! Absolutely beautiful and great detail. I've never seen one like this. The mirror is perfect! My eye would have spied this right off!

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    1. Thank you-I love everything about his dresser and am trying to find a place in my home to keep it!

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  9. What an awesome dresser! Great job Darrielle!

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    1. Thank you Linda-it had great bones to start with and the paint just finished it off!

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  10. Gorgeous! It would go perfect in my Victorian home! I have used the same fingernail technique fixing the detail on a mirror! Still holding up!

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    1. Thank you AnnMarie-Isn't the fingernail technique a goodie?

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  11. Maravilhoso! Riquíssimo nos detalhes, adorei!
    A hortência também é linda!
    Abraços e ótima semana.
    Márcia.

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    1. Thank you Martina-I love this beauty too!

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  13. This is such a lovely piece! You did an amazing job fixing the appliques. And the dark wax really brings the personality out in this dresser.

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    1. Thank you Susan_ I love adding dark wax to pieces!

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  14. This is one gorgeous girl. First of all, this was a great find on CL because her bones are beautiful. The appliqué, the carving, the new knobs, and the casters all contribute to her overall gorgeousness. You did a great job. I saw your link at The Painted Drawer link party. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey www.irisabbey.com

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    1. Thank you Ann Marie-it was a great find on CL and I am glad I snatched it up!

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  15. So beautiful! I love vintage furniture, as they have a ton of character. Found you at Niftythrifty things.

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    1. Thank you Vidya-I love vintage furniture too!

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  16. Wonderful--you've restored that piece so lovingly! Thanks for sharing it with our readers at this month's Pretty Preppy Party!

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