Friday, January 25, 2013

Diamond Dresser

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This dresser came with a mirror that is not pictured (but you can have).  It had the date 1923 stamped on the back, so I am guessing that's the year it was made.   It didn't have the original hardware so I found some at Hobby Lobby that I liked.  I painted it in Annie Sloan's Graphite first then a coat of Paris Grey on top and distressed down to the Graphite and sealed with clear wax.  I used Old White and frog tape for the diamonds, then waxed again.  My husband replaced the back and the bottom drawer panel - they were wavy and coming apart while the top two drawers were in perfect condition.  Sadly it didn't come with the casters that were once on it, but you could easily add some from an antique store if you like that look or for some added height.  Perfect size for a buffet in the dining room, changing table in a nursery, or dresser in a bedroom.  The drawers are deep with lots of storage and the top drawer is divided.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Louis Blue Antique China Cabinet

After months of sitting in my bedroom (the cabinet not me :) ) I finally finished this china cabinet.  This was my first time using Louis Blue with black glaze and I really like the color!  The finish on the china cabinet was in fairly good condition, but I thought it might fall apart on me when we were putting it in my van.  It was missing one shelf and the back and was really loose everywhere.  We pretty much took it apart taking all the old rusty nails and screws out and replacing them with new ones and adding some supports and wood glue.  Everything got tightened up and it is now nice and solid.  It has so much beautiful detail and I love the legs.  The door came with glass, but I replaced it with chicken wire. The drawer is nice and deep and the shelves have plate grooves if you use it as a china cabinet.  I personally would use it in my bathroom without the door for extra storage if I had a nice big bathroom.  I just love a big chunky piece of furniture!