Typically when I speak of a distressed dresser, you would think that I am referring to the effect I am using to create a finished product. In this instance, however, the term “distressed dresser” refers to the state that this antique is in when it came into my possession. Pretty distressed, don’t you think?
When the previous owners contacted me to see if I had any interest in it, I was eager to see what it looked like in person. The best part is that they knew something like this was right up my alley. This tired piece showcases snaggle-tooth veneer, missing trim and accents, mismatched knobs…
…and a whole lotta damage to the top.
So…what to do? Have at it, of course. Yes! Funny thing I felt like I had so much in common with this dresser. Sometimes I get distressed and life seems to overwhelm me, but that’s when I need to get a good makeover from my Lord. For furniture though, I get to do the work. I’m glad I have One who is far better than me at giving a heart a new look.
I tell ya, that stuff peels off like butter off of a hot knife.
The rest of the cabinet got some wood glue and wood filler, and then I sanded like the dickens with my sander.
Next, I use Kilz stain blocker as my base coat and then apply a couple of coats of one of Dove White. I’ve used it in my kitchen and family room and can’t get enough.
Since the cabinet had a bit of ornate trim, I decided to draw it out by highlighting it with some dark wax.
Next, it’s time for the icing on the cake…the knobs.
Aren’t they gorgeous? They are perfect for my vision. Ready to see it all come together? I am!
Again, I couldn’t help but think of how Jesus takes a sin-stained soul and makes it white as snow. Maybe God is working on my heart and I feel the need to share, so bear with me. I know I’m not perfect, but I do know He is there when I need Him.
Now, don’t you think the new touches of the trim draw out add character? I love how those perfect wooden knobs give this once distressed dresser new life.
Finally, I had so much fun styling this piece in my bedroom and making use of all my thrifted and flea market finds. You just can’t find that decor in a store.
My favorite is my 25¢ hanging basket filled with dried hydrangea flowers my mother has given me. What a treat!
As with most of the pieces I work on, this new beauty is now available in my online store and can be shipped right to your door.
Since I’m all about sharing what I do, I’d love it if you would pin and share to inspire others to look past the distressed dresser state and see the beauty that lies beyond. ♥
Now, this large round thing will become something new. Any guesses? (psst…it’s actually an old Art Deco mirror back) Head HERE to see.
Likewise, to get these DIY tips & tricks in your inbox, be sure to sign up for my newsletter. Until next time!