Sunday, December 27, 2015

Debonaire Dresser {Twelve Drawer}

It's been weeks since I have had the opportunity to get into the shop and transform some furniture. So I decided to go BIG...and by big I mean this twelve drawer Empire brand dresser!

Let's be honest, this guy was a beauty from the get go: solid wood, dove tail construction and drawers that glide like new. Really the only problem was the visible signs of wear on the surface.

I got busy removing the hardware and stripping down the top. While I was messing with all that I was contemplating the color for the body. I love a two tone mix of stain and paint on pieces, so I decided to go dark grey and a rich warm brown stain. 

For the body, I mixed a custom color of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Graphite and Coco. {finished with a mix of dark and clear wax} And for the stain on the top I mixed up another custom concoction...dark walnut and natural oak. 

Part of my process is that I go through each and every drawer, cleaning, repairing {if needed} and sanitizing them thoroughly. For you, that means peace of mind to know they are clean before the new owner uses them.

As part of our thorough makeover process, we also paint all sides of the piece. You can rest assured, that in the event you want to position the piece in a way that the back is exposed ... it's finished and looks as lovely as the front. 

This guy would be perfect to store all your winter sweaters.
It would double nicely as a changing table in your newborn's room.
It would even look amazing in your dining room to store all your linens and grandma's silverware!

No matter where you can envision this handsome devil, it's ready for the task!

Here are some more shots to flip through...

It sure felt good to makeover this guy, I didn't realize how much I missed the brush these past few months.

Thanks for swinging by and looking today!
~ Crystal

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  1. I love the dark color you chose and the natural beauty of the oak top! Perfect!

  2. That is such a beautiful warm grey. And paired with the wood on top it is just perfection!!

  3. One word. Beautiful!

  4. what was your method as far as chalk paint to stain? we are doing the same exact thing to furniture tommorow for the first time. Did you mix the chalk paint with water..wipe off or distress before adding the stain. I would love to know your method. thanks!

  5. What was the chalk mix ratio?

  6. This is very beautiful and looks like exactly the color I am searching for. Can you give me the percentages of paint you used when mixing, as well as the brand of stain?

  7. What brands did you use for the dark top color? I want to create this exact color on a round dining room table. It's gorgeous!