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Artistic license with an antique dresser

I have had this piece for years. I bought it at a thrift store ages ago and wasn’t really sure what to do with it. Recently a local business asked me if I had a piece or two I would like to consign there (how flattering). I asked the owner what size piece she was looking for and this antique dresser seemed to fit the bill. SXS checker dresser before

I asked her what colors and kind of wandered through Pinterest looking for something to jog my inspiration. I just felt like it needed to stand out. I came across this Pin (which as an aside might end up being the inspiration for our new kitchen one day) and instantly I knew- it’s got that fun, but still classy, Mackenzie-Childs look going.

It wasn’t going to be simple, but it was going to be AMAZEBALLS!

I got it out and gave it a good cleaning and scuff sanding all over and totally sanded off the finish on the two top pieces.

SXS checker dresser stripped down

I taped it of and gave that interior top two coats of Shabby Paints Worn White.

SXS checker dresser first coat top

Then I taped off the first part of a checkerboard pattern. I used smaller pieces of tape to make sure they were straight and evenly spaced.

SXS checker dresser taped out vertically

SXS checker dresser tape out horizontal

When it was all set, I used a custom mix of Shabby Paints Buffalo Brown and Licorice to paint in the design.

SXS checker dresser second coat paint

When I took off the tape it looked like this:

SXS checker dresser remove tape stage 1

Then I re-taped the design, just over the top of the first squares (you can see the start of it in the above photo). Then I painted again. When I removed the tape this time…


SXS checker dresser top done

Snazzy, right?

While I was waiting on all those taped designs to dry, I painted the body (Tiffany) and “stained” the top pieces with a custom mix of Hazelnut, Black, and Sheer Shabby Paints (re)VAX. I used the same custom mix for the dark squares to paint the wooden handles too.

When it was all finished, it still needed something so I decided to line and wrap the drawers. I had some great super thick wrapping paper and the colors just worked. After a sanding to make sure everything would stick, I used spray adhesive to get the drawer side surfaces ready then I laid the paper pieces out on the sides.

SXS checker dresser drawer sides start

Once they were good and stuck, I used sandpaper to remove the excess. I can hear you… “What?! That makes NO sense!” Let me show you how. After really creasing the paper the best I can with my finger tips, I use sandpaper to take of the excess. It gets you the perfect profile-

SXS checker dresser drawer sides removal

Don’t be in a hurry and it’s super easy.

SXS checker dresser drawer sides easy off

It practically removes itself and you have this:

SXS checker dresser mini drawers done

To do the inside of the drawers, I dry fit them first and trim with a metal putty knife.

SXS checker dresser drawer dry fit

Then I use the spray adhesive and use a plastic putty knife to remove the bubbles as I press it in. I like to seal the top of the paper, but if it’s thick, you really don’t have to.

Then I really considered not glazing it.

SXS checker dresser before glaze

I really think it just needed a bit more.

SXS checker dresser after SXS checker dresser after glaze SXS checker after dresser with drawer peek SXS checker dresser peek a boo

Now I feel like it’s just perfect, though it may no longer be classified as an “antique” dresser.

What do you think?




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  • Reply
    stacie tomasello
    September 2, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Not kidding, this is amazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Reply
      September 2, 2016 at 1:14 PM

      Thank you ma’am- I’m so happy you like it!

  • Reply
    September 2, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Beautiful! You’re quite the clever gal! 🙂

    • Reply
      September 2, 2016 at 9:26 PM

      Why thank you my friend. ((Hugs))

  • Reply
    kerry kippert
    September 3, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    I love this!!!

    • Reply
      September 3, 2016 at 1:38 PM

      Thank you so much Kerry!

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