You, know – just because you haven’t heard much from me lately does NOT mean that I don’t have MMSMP projects, tips and tricks up my sleeve. I do! And I’d like to share some with you now!
Here is the “before” picture of this dresser I worked on recently.
This kind of dresser is my favorite thing to work on. I’ve done a few of them now. I am just a complete sucker for those turned legs. I also like the idea of having the dresser up off the floor enough that you can easily vacuum or sweep underneath. I don’t actually own any like this in my own house (I should change that), all of our dressers come down almost to the floor – just enough space for things to go under there – never to be seen again (including massive dust bunnies…).
This piece had some issues – but they were all cosmetic. That’s the way I like ’em! It’s really sturdy, has all of it’s original wooden wheels and most of the original hardware. The drawers were a little sticky, the top surface was a mess, and the drawer fronts were very textured and rough.
Believe it or not – I was kind of excited about the sticky drawers. I knew they were structurally sound and so I knew that they were good candidates for a liberal dose of Hemp Oil. Next time you run into sticky drawers on a dresser, DO NOT BE AFRAID!! Take each drawer out and inspect a bit – see where the wood is making contact with wood – where the drawers slide along wood inside the dresser. Use an old cloth to rub Hemp Oil on BOTH the wood of the drawer and the wood inside the dresser. You will be AMAZED at the difference it will make. The drawers on this dresser work perfectly now. No stickiness at all.
So – the stickiness of the drawers is hard to show in a photo but wait till you see the difference in the TOP of this piece!
There is the side by side, before and after sanding the top…
and a close-up of what the top looked like before I went after it with my random orbital sander. As I’ve said before, I start with 60 grit and move to 100 or 120 and then finish with 220. It only took me about 30 minutes of sanding to be done with this dresser top.
Another note about refinishing the top of your piece. As you can see here – I do not follow my own advice…
My advice is to stain and refinish the top BEFORE you do your final coat of paint. That way, if you drip stain onto the body of your dresser – it won’t be the end of the world. That is the theory – in PRACTICE, I usually leave the staining until LAST. But…
Do as I say…Not as I do….
I finished the top with a dark coffee colored stain – and a coat of Hemp Oil….
Do you want to see the whole finished piece?
I added some small, inexpensive wooden knobs to the top drawers and stained them to match the top. I’ve done this multiple times now and I always like the way it looks.
I was thrilled with the amount of chippiness on this piece – and I was pleased with how and where it chipped. I already said the drawer fronts were really textured – so I sanded them down but left everything else alone.
I did a first coat of Boxwood and a second coat of Lucketts Green. My goal (which I did not really achieve) was to have the Boxwood showing through the Lucketts a bit. I did use a wax puck as a resist between coats in a few places – but what I really want is for the second coat to CHIP OFF of the first one…still working on that.
I’m still in love with the way it cam out, though. The chipping on the body of the dresser is perfect! I love that the stain underneath is so dark. I don’t like a lighter wood showing through -or a reddish color either – when I paint a piece that has this gorgeous dark color – I always go for a chippy look. It’s just a personal preference.
I wanted chippy – and I got it!
If you have any specific questions about how I got the look – feel free to ask – but in general, I did not sand the body of the dresser – I just painted one coat of Boxwood and another coat of Lucketts on top. The chipping – just happens all on it’s own!
Can you tell that the chipping is heavier on this side than on the other? I was painting outside in front of my barn – and the sun was shining on this side of the dresser. I have now seen many times that direct heat (from the forced hot air in my house OR from the sun) makes the paint chip much more extensively.
Think about painting in the shade for a little more control over the effect you achieve.
If you want to read a little more about this piece – learn where I got it etc. – you can hop over and read the post I wrote about it on my own blog at
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See you again soon with another project!