Two Tone Vintage Dresser

A local realtor (and now client of mine … check back soon for her table’s redesign!) reached out to let me know that she knew of a couple who were down-sizing and were looking to get rid of some vintage furniture. I happily reached out to the couple and visited their lovely home filled with amazing old wood furniture. When I saw this dresser, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it!

I love the beautiful tiger oak drawers, but there was a long crack and several chips and rough edges on a few of the drawers that required repair. The wood on the body of the dresser was in great condition, so I knew my plan was the right one to go with.

As I’m writing this blog post, my first thought was that I really didn’t do much to this dresser. Certainly, not as much work as I usually put into each piece that I lovingly re-design. But as I think more about it, I did put a fair amount of effort into it.

  • I met with the couple and bought the dresser from them.
  • My husband and I hauled it home.
  • I removed and cleaned the hardware.
  • Then sprayed the hardware with a primer.
  • Then sprayed the hardware with my favorite gold spray paint.
  • I made the necessary repairs to the dresser.
  • I cleaned the dresser inside and out.
  • Two coats of paint were added to the drawer fronts.
  • Clear and black wax were hand rubbed on.
  • The hardware was put back on.
  • The drawers were lined with paper that I sourced and ordered.
  • The body of the dresser was rubbed with hemp oil to refresh the wood.
  • And finally, I staged the dresser and took photos to show it to you!

So, even though this isn’t a fully painted piece, it was definitely lovingly restored! I used Annie Sloan’s new Athenian Black and finished it with Clear Wax and then Black Wax to give it an even deeper finish. I sprayed the hardware with my favorite Krylon Gold Leaf spray paint, knowing that the faux brass would look amazing against the black.

I love the ladder sides of this dresser. All the body needed was some hemp oil to refresh the wood. I envisioned this in a boys bedroom or nursery or even in a man’s closet or bedroom for extra storage.

I borrowed the Yankee artwork from my husband’s office wall and found some of his old baseballs and bat in the garage to stage this dresser. (Side note: My husband and I took the last behind the scenes tour of the old Yankee Stadium before it was demolished the next day. He took this photo of a bleacher on that tour!)

And finally I lined the drawers with this navy, grey and black geometric paper. It felt British and masculine to me.

(SOLD) I am pleased to offer this dresser for sale to a local buyer. It measures 30″ wide, 19″ deep and 41.5″ tall. It is ready for immediate pick up. My asking price is $295, including NJ sales tax. Please email me or message me on social media if interested. As with all my pieces, it will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. I look forward to seeing this dresser in its new home!

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