Thursday, July 26, 2012

Antique Grey Dresser: Before & After

You never know where or when you will find something. On the 4th of July my husband and I were visiting with friends. My husband was hanging out with the guys and I was with the girls talking about antiques. We got on the topic of someone needing to get rid of some antique furniture that was in a barn down the road. A quick call and about a 2 minute drive we were there, and I came home with this...

Try not to look at the mess around the dresser. Were remodeling a hundred year old house so this "mud room" has become the holding area for all trash that's waiting to go out for pickup. Anyway, I started by patching her up in a few places with some wood filler and striped and sanded the top to refinish. I wanted to paint the dresser in a pale grey so I mixed 1/2 a cup of white milk paint with a table spoon of black milk paint. Here is what I got...

There are some blue undertones that came out and I just love that...

The top had the prettiest wood grain so I applied two coats of natural oil to bring out the details.

And lightly sanded all over.

 Finished it with a coat of clear wax and buffed it to a light sheen.

I kept the original hardware. I love the little urn and swag detail.

I love the way it turned out. This dresser is VERY heavy and a well made piece with dove tailing and tons of detail. I'm so glad I went to that barn and brought this old dresser back to life! You really never know what you will find!


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  1. I love how this turned out ... it is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it!
    New follower, Francine

  2. This is just beautiufl Ashley -
    Loving it

  3. An absolutely gorgeous piece with an absolutely fabulous finish. Great job!

  4. How lucky to end up with such a great piece! It looks beautiful!

  5. Beautiful piece! LOVE it! I'm your newest follower, I'll glad if you follow back...


  6. Beautiful! Love the mixture of colors, and that top is perfect.

  7. Such wonderful detail!!! this piece is amazing and you certainly did it some JUSTICE:) Great job!

  8. Looks beautiful! Those drawer pulls are beautiful! Love all teh close-up details. Perfect!

  9. very beautiful! love it love it love it!!! you started with a very good looking dresser too... luky girl!!

  10. She is a real beauty! Love the details!

  11. GORGEOUS!!! Im sooo glad you found her and was able to bring her back to life.
    Im now following you from Please come visit me and maybe you'll decide to follow back???
    THANKS. 8-)

  12. That really is a beautiful piece of furniture Ashley and a great transformation.

    I'd love it if you'd consider sharing this over at my Shabbilicious Friday Link party -

  13. What a fabulous find. Great job. I love the colour. Is it the annie sloan paint you used?