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Farmhouse Dresser

I haven’t been doing much painting lately, mainly because I haven’t found anything worth painting! But a few weeks ago I grabbed this sturdy old dresser off a Facebook garage sale site.

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It had great, simple lines but was stained an orangey/honey color and was really roughed up on top.  The weather cooperated this week and so I was able to refinish it in an afternoon on my back porch.

When I started working on it I saw traces of it being painted before.

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 Someone had stripped it and re-stained it some time ago, and it was time for me to give it new life #3.  When you come across solid wood pieces like this, don’t pass them up! Giving them a new style is so simple and they are built to last, so they’ll be a sturdy piece of furniture for years to come.

I sanded down the top to smooth it out and get the yuck off.

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Then gave the base two coats of MMS milk paint, a 3:1 mix of Shutter Gray and Ironstone.  That’s just what I happened to have on hand.

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Those two coats dried nice and quick in the sun, then all I had to do was give the whole piece a good scrape to remove any flaking paint and top it off with a quick coat of wax. I re-stained the top with a poly/stain combo product (again, just what I had on hand) and while I didn’t like the thickness of its application, the end product turned out great.

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I did give the whole piece a quick once-over with my orbital sander before I painted it, so the milk paint stuck quite well and chipped in fine pieces, which is what I was going for.

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The top re-stained really well and compliments the blue/gray.

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I’m happy with it! It was such a quick piece that it may have spoiled me . . . It will head up to my shop as soon as I have a spot open up for it.  Until then, I’ll enjoy it here.

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11 thoughts on “Farmhouse Dresser

  1. Based upon the Dallas area weather… I’d say you got this piece done just in the nick of time! Love the color and the natural table top. Beautiful!

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