Nautical Blue Dresser for a Baby Boy

The husbands weren’t too sure about this dresser. Both my husband and my client’s husband didn’t think it was worth saving. But this dresser came from England and had been in Hannah’s family for years. Hannah saw its potential and knew … Continue reading

Tall Dresser means a New Skill

First, happy new year! I apologize for being gone for so long! I found myself enjoying Christmas and then a fun, warm vacation at Disney World with my family. Upon returning, I have been busy refinishing two dressers and I … Continue reading

Beach House Pure White Dresser

This is the other dresser that Stephanie brought me to redesign for her family’s beach house. As a reminder, if you missed the Napoleonic Blue Dresser, here is the before photo. There were two identical dressers.

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This dresser had some peeling finish and veneer. I started with sanding, cleaning with soap and water, then making the repairs, and cleaning again with mineral spirits. Darker wood has tannins in it and typically bleeds through when painted in a lighter color, so I started by priming this entire dresser.

Next, several coats of Annie Sloan Pure White were painted. I sanded everywhere for a smooth finish and a little harder on the edges and details. A finish coat of Annie Sloan Soft Wax was the last step, with a second coat on the top for added durability.

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The original hardware was removed and painted in the same Annie Sloan Pure White. They were also lightly distressed and waxed.

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The distressing is very subtle, but provides added interest.

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As I usually like to do, I added some paper to the top drawers. I just tape it in, so my clients can easily change it out down the road.

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Again, I had fun staging this dresser for its time at the beach. I used shells collected by my daughter on our beach vacation last year, a conch I found at a local estate sale for $2, and some of my finds at the Country Living Fair. You can read about my day trip here.

I finished the vignette with another great burlap art frame by Rustic Ink. This time, Cristin created a fun Seas the Day anchor print for me. I fell in love with it and actually bought it from her to give as a hostess gift this past weekend. But don’t worry… she can make another for you! Give her a call and tell her Hazel Mae Home sent you!

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I love how this dresser turned out. From dark and heavy to light and beachy. Thank you for the repeat business, Stephanie!

… Kristin

Other beach house dresser  – Napoleonic Blue Dresser.

Paris Grey Dresser with Painted Hardware

I love how well old furniture was made. It’s solid. It’s heavy. It lasts. Furniture today just doesn’t have the same qualities. This dresser was definitely dated. Its hard wood was painted yellow with black speckles. But…the drawers were dove-tailed, it … Continue reading