Sunday, 23 February 2014

Black and Cream 1940s Dresser Refurb

Well it's been a good week, the sun has shown itself between hailstones and high winds and I got to work on a really nice chest of drawers with three mirrors.  A compact piece, with some cute little brass handles.  Here's the reveal...

And here's how it unfolded...

So this nice piece of 1940 bedroom furniture was quite plain but had potential - the three mirrors are mounted onto solid wood and the drawers are nice and easy to open and close.

The brass handles are just perfect.

No need to repair any parts - just some nasty scratches to be taken care of in the refurb process.

I gave it a couple of coats of Autentico's Paris White - a yummy 'vanilla ice cream' white.

And painted the drawers.  I left the handles on and gave them a coat of paint with the aim of waxing back the cover to highlight the design. 

I thought it might look good enough plain and went the whole hog, painting the back and mirrors, waxing all over with a clear wax and shabbying up the paint a little.  But it was no good, just too plain!!

After a stroll in the park I was so happy to see the snowdrops and crocus flower were announcing spring :-)

I went back to work with Autentico's Nearly Black and gave the drawers some gold bling along the top.

The handles have been waxed and rubbed to bring out the pattern in the brass.

I left the shabby look to the drawers and gave the black paint a couple of coats of clear wax to seal and protect.  It leaves a lovely soft sheen.

I took the black down the sides and left the back and mirror coloured Paris White.

All finished, looking gooooooood.