This has been a summer of dressers! I was just finishing two other dressers when Mary reached out to me to restore these two dressers that had been in her family for years. I don’t know why I don’t photograph … Continue reading
Hello! Happy Spring! It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a furniture redesign. We are in the midst of some updates on our old house and selections of bluestone and door knobs and windows has been keeping me busy! I have been … Continue reading
I haven’t blogged in a month while I’ve been busy vacationing and otherwise having fun with my family! But I’ve also managed to work on a beautiful reproduction French Provencial dresser for Paola this month! This isn’t a family heirloom, … Continue reading
It’s official …. the first week of summer break for New Jersey kids! And that means that things slow down a bit at Hazel Mae Home so I can spend time doing fun summer things with my daughter. Blog posts … Continue reading
Hello! The flu hit our house pretty hard last week and this, so this post will be short and sweet! I finished the third piece in the bedroom set that was Mary’s grandmothers. The before was just a dated, worn … Continue reading
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
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
Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey is a favorite of mine. It is a dreamy light dove grey with cool undertones. I especially love seeing it paired with whites – either Pure White or Old White. And I love painting pieces for friends. … Continue reading
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.
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.
The original hardware was removed and painted in the same Annie Sloan Pure White. They were also lightly distressed and waxed.
The distressing is very subtle, but provides added interest.
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.
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!
I love how this dresser turned out. From dark and heavy to light and beachy. Thank you for the repeat business, Stephanie!
Other beach house dresser – Napoleonic Blue Dresser.
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