This is what I found. . .
Isn't she horrible? Actually, she is incredibly beautiful. The bottoms of the drawers are made of bird's eye maple. It's been a long time since furniture was made with such care and quality workmanship. She was pretty beat up, though.
I sanded down the drawer fronts and the top. Notice the second drawer down, though. It had a thick wood veneer in three panels over the drawer front with the grain of the wood going in the opposite direction of the other drawers. When I stained it it looked strange, so I needed a new solution.
I painted the top and bottom of the drawer the same color as the body of the dresser, then I used piece of sheet metal grating (not sure what's it's intended function was) as a stencil on top of the stain on the middle panel.
The panels were divided by a thin rounded piece of wood that was originally painted gold. I painted them red- like furniture racing stripes!
The knobs were off of a dresser I refinished last year. I always hang on to old knobs, and here's a good example of why! A little extra red jewelry to match her racing stripes!
Just a bit of distressing and a top coat of dark wax gives the pale gray paint a bit of age, interest, and protection.
This little girl is in the running for my favorite furniture revival of all time.
And I'm rarely organized enough to have a side by side before and after, but since I'm playing favorites anyway!
Phoebe's Dresser is for sale. See the Portfolio and Available page for details.
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