A Client brought a vintage, bland dresser to me and wanted it to have an old look with some character.
She liked the chippy milk paint look, but also liked a worn out look like old leather or cowhide. She loves cowhide rugs! The dresser had lots of blue marks and was pretty stained up, but the base color was a linen/beige. I decided to try something that did not involve painting the dresser and luckily my client said "go for it".
I was picturing a cow hide/old pair of cowboy boots kind of look. I pulled out my hand sander and started to sand the blue markes off and to get through the top layer of the paint.
I sanded and scraped through the layers of paint and stains until the pine showed up in places. I liked the layered/worn look and decided to use the same technique on the whole dresser. It was a lot of arm work for sure!
After sanding and scraping, until my arms felt like they were going to fall off, I sealed the dresser with dark wax/Lindseed oil.
My client absolutely loved the layered, worn, weathered look of her dresser.
I love that my client let me try something out that I had envisioned in my head, and that she LOVED it-she said it reminded her of her favorite cowhide rug!
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