Vintage 1961 Dresser Goes From Drab to Fab!

Vintage 1961 Dresser Goes From Drab to Fab!

   So, I found this ‘lil 1961 dresser that needed some serious TLC..ok…not SERIOUS…but definitely some TLC! It wasn’t that she was falling apart or had a horrible paint job, she just needed some reviving, color and some love! There wasn’t too much wrong with her except that there were a few deep gouges that I filled in! This is a first that I actually find a piece where I can almost dig in as I love finding the pieces of vintage furniture that are broken down and not wanted!

   I filled in the serious gouges with Minwax High-Performance Wood Filler. It bonds strongly to wood. It fills gouges and holes that are split, damaged or rotted! This is great for interior wood  furniture! It dries in 30 minutes and sandable after 30 minutes! It works miracles for me!!!

  After I re-sanded the dresser with the wood filler, I used a 220 grit sand paper. It was time to get to work! I started to give her color of the beautiful Robin’s Egg Blue! I love the Behr Ultra paint! This color blue is very, very pretty and it will be one that I continue to use!!! The original color name is “Clear Pond.”

  I did only one coat on her as that is all she needed! I let her dry over night to ensure life will be good when I started to distress her the next day!

  So, I took my Makita Palm Sander and used a 220 grit sand paper and took my time going over every inch of her. Distressing the corners, edges, middle, knobs, drawers, sides and wherever you can think of! 

  After, I wiped down the dresser and drawers from any type of dust from sanding, I started to stain! This stain is beautiful and I’m loving what it is doing! It is a wiping stain with a charcoal oil base. It is absolutely wonderful to work with! The color is Brazil Nut by Sherwin-Williams.

   I use a 4″ Benjamin Moore Natural Acrylic and Oil Stain Brush. I adore this brush! It is a very smooth brush and makes the application so easy as it glides effortlessly!

  After I brush the stain on the top of the dresser, I wait a few minutes and wipe it off. I do this all over the dresser and knobs and I do this procedure 4 times.

  WOW! Is all I can say!!! I am so in love!!! I can’t believe my eyes!!! I just adore how this stain took hold of the bare wood and thinner paint areas and filled it in with the dark chocolate color stain.Can you say…STUNNING?! I let that dry over night.

   Next, I added 4 thick coats of a satin Polycrylic with a little bit of time in between each coat to dry. I applied the Polycrylic on every inch of this beauty along with the knobs. This little dresser just keeps getting better! The Minwax Polycrylic Clear Satin that is a protective finish that is designed for indoor applications. The finish is a satin sheen for artistic appeal and can be cleaned up easily with soap and water. It is a water-based formula that dries to the touch in just 2 hours! Again, I wait another day to ensure that she is fully dry.

  I add the knobs and that’s it! My world as I knew it just got better! It’s a piece of art that I’m in love with!!! (Didn’t I already say that? Just making it clear! LOL!) This baby turned out shabby, chic,  primitive and honestly beautiful!!! I cannot believe how this dresser came together and it was so easy to do…just a bit time consuming due to the drying times in between the paint, stain and Polycrylic…but boy was it worth it!

  I wish you could see this in person as every picture I have just doesn’t show the detail of how the stain took hold and how awesome it came out! It shines very nicely! Not too, too much like a high gloss, but just right! I’m impressed with how this little baby went from DRAB to FAB to a definite FUNKYlicious!!!

  This is a pic below of the dresser top! YEA BABY!!! I can’t wait to get her into the antique store I sell out of and see how quickly she goes! I know it won’t take long!!!








1960’s Country Yellow & Antique White Lingerie Dresser…Country & Primitive! And…Definitely Adorable!!!

1960’s Country Yellow & Antique White Lingerie Dresser…Country & Primitive! And…Definitely Adorable!!!

  This little baby was a mess from the start! *SIGH!* She challenged me and I took on the challenge! She threw in every curve ball that she could…but…guess what? I won!!!

  She had drawers that were falling apart, a few of her feet were severely wobbly, had 11 thick coats of semi-gloss paint on her, a corner of a drawer is broken off, the very top was split and had a huge gap of 1/8″ to 1/4″ from the middle to the left edge! The top was so gouged that I just didn’t think she could be saved! And….to top it off…her knobs were so thick with paint that I had an extremely hard time getting them off!!!

  I seriously thought that I was going to break the knobs in half while trying to pry them off of the drawer face. I was really trying to be careful as they are the original wooden knobs! *SIGH!*

  So, after all of this, I wondered why I picked her up in the first place…but I could see the potential and beauty she could have! Honestly, when I did buy her…I didn’t see all of the issues until I got her ready to go to work! Oh boy, to say that she was a challenge is an understatement! This is one that about kicked my booty! Whew! So….you ready to get into this baby? Cuz…here we go!!!!

  So, we put the drawers back together, I nailed the feet back into the bottom and then it started to get kinda rough! Sanding and more sanding is what took the most time! It literally had 11 coats of semi-gloss paint and they were thick, thick coats! It had blue, cream, green, grey, white, yellow, cream, green, white, brown and green…again! Yes, the colors were repeated over and over!

  Before the sanding we used a paint stripper that took off only a few coats. It wouldn’t touch hardly anything due to how old the paint is and how thick is was! I’ve never seen anything like it in my life…well until now!!! The sanding went on forever and ever and then forever again after the stripper was removed! It never stopped! Then, when we decided to stop, we sanded some more!  Top of Lingerie Dresser!

  After the whole dresser got sanded again… it was apparent that the original color was a very bright green. It was literally stained into the wood and no matter how much I sanded it, it was determined that it will never come out…so we had to give in to the green! Ughgh!

  We then filled the cracks, gaps, gouges and the split gaps on the top by adding a Minwax Stainable Wood Filler.

  This Minwax Stainable Wood Filler is great for fixing imperfections in vintage and antique furniture and that is what I used on the top. It’s sandable, paintable, shrink resistant, and the drying time ranges from 2 to 6 hours depending on size of area filled! It has saved me several times so far and is a wonderful product to use! I swear by it!

  I added this everywhere on top, although the top was so abused that I could only fix so much. The large gap was filled in and that came out terrific along with many of the gouges, but not everything was able to be fixed! So, I say it’s perfect the way it is…it’s from the 1960’s and some things are meant not to be perfect!

  After I let that dry, I sanded the whole piece down just to get rid of any splinters, dents, and imperfections that I see…and that meant the whole top! It also makes it easier when I sand for everything to be smooth and equal! So, depending on the roughness is how I decide what grit of sandpaper I use. For this dresser, I used a 120 grit and came back and went over her with a very fine 220 grit to give her extreme smoothness, although, like I said…there are imperfections on the top…there just wasn’t any way to get around it no matter how much I tried to fill in the gouges!

  So, after everything was sanded down again…and nails were hammered, drawers were fixed, feet were back in place and everything that could be fixed to bring her up to par, it was time to paint! Whoohoo!!! I knew I wanted this little one to be a 2 tone and I went with a country yellow called “Charismatic” and an antique white called “Muslim White.” The yellow is a flat country yellow. It’s a very primitive color and very pretty in person! I used the Behr Ultra Primer-in-One Paint. I love this stuff!

  The white is an eggshell, not a flat. Eggshell is in between a flat and a satin. It has just a hint of a sheen to it, not much. It is the Behr Ultra. This white is more of an antique white. It is perfect to go with this yellow and the colors came out great together! I am really pleased with how charming it really does look! I was expecting for this not to look so good due to how many problems I had so far!

  So, I taped up the parts that I wanted the Muslim White and went to town painting the yellow first! I gave her 2 coats with the yellow due to how many imperfections there are all over her! I let her dry for a day and then re-taped for the white. I painted the outside edges white along with the original large wooden knobs! I did 2 coats of the white and let her dry for another full day before pulling off the tape!

  I then started to distress her. Since she had lines that were hard to determine, I had to create some and go from there. I had to distress some of the gouges to make them fit in. When I distress any of the furniture I work on, I use the Dremel Multi-Max Oscillating Tool! 

  I use a sand paper of 60 to a 120 grit! For this particular piece, I used a 100 grit because this dresser has been sanded so much. As I started to distress, the green that was stained into the wood from the very first original color green was showing through.

  I kept going, liking what I was seeing with the green. I thought the green was going to be a pain in the rear, but it was country and primitive in this lil’ 60’s baby! Really loving what’s happening…I distress into the gouges on the drawers and it really brings it to life!

   I kept going, distressing the edges of all the lines and in the gouges that were most noticeable. The more I distressed the more I’m in love with this little girl that gave me such a hard time!!! I distressed her a bit heavier due to how this dresser has so many imperfections! I really didn’t have a choice. If I didn’t then it would of looked like I was trying to hide something that was heavily there! Although, it looks great!

   I distressed the knobs and they look great! I was really, really, really happy with how this lingerie dresser was turning out and being distressed!

   I put her all together and ooooh my goodness!!! I was so….in love! All the hard work and feelings of her trying to defeat me was all forgotten and it was an “awwww moment!” I couldn’t believe what I was seeing!

  Unfortunately, these pics don’t show its justice or how adorable she really came out! With all the hard work in her and how much that went into this lingerie dresser I never honestly thought she would of come out looking so sweet! I wanted to give up on her after the full week of sanding every day, but I prevailed and I’m so happy I did!

  I actually gave it some thought of keeping her as I adore the colors and how cute she is! The only problem is…I just don’t know where to put her…otherwise she would stay! So, I took her down to the antique store I sell at and she looks adorable! This is one that definitely deserves the term…junky to funky…to a definite FUNKYlicious!!! CUTE!!! CUTE!!! CUTE!!!

*NOTE* This piece is why I love to revive old vintage furniture! She literally came back to life! :0)

Vintage 1930’s Desser Gets the Dress Up! HAWT!!!

Vintage 1930’s Desser Gets the Dress Up! HAWT!!!

  Now…this little girl is HAWT! She definitely went from junk to funk to definitely FUNKILICIOUS!!!  She was just a mess when I got her and unfortunately I didn’t get any before pics although we have afters in her hawtness! She went from having horrible, horrible long, deep and 1/4″ wide gouges on her dresser top to having a bit of a crack on her top about 9″ long. When I saw her, I knew what needed to be done! She needed the love and attention that she deserved and I was the one that was going to give it to her!

  So first, I drove an hour and a half to buy her and bring her home! I took her all apart. Took her mirror off and the knobs and looked over every inch of her and was getting my game plan on! She had wooden caster wheels and I had to take them all off unfortunately as one wheel was bent severely and it couldn’t be saved. She looks beautiful without them, although it’s nice to have all of the original parts on such a historical piece!

  I knew what needed to be done and I didn’t waste any time and I got to work on her right away! She was begging to be beautiful again! So, I went to Home Depot and got all of the supplies that I needed! I started off by adding a Minwax Stainable Wood Filler.

This Minwax Stainable Wood Filler is great for fixing imperfections found in unfinished, sanded wood and furniture. It’s safe for use on surfaces both indoors and out, and you can clean it with just soap and water!

  I use it for filling cracks, gouges, nail holes, knot holes and other defects in wood furniture that I come across! It’s sandable, paintable, shrink resistant, and the drying time ranges from 2 to 6 hours depending on size of area filled! It has saved me several times so far and is a wonderful product to use! I swear by it!

  After I let that dry, I sanded the whole piece down just to get rid of any splinters, dents, or imperfections that I see. It also makes it easier when I sand for everything to be smooth and equal! So, depending on the roughness is how I decide what grit of sandpaper I use. For this dresser, I used a 120 grit and came back and went over her with a very fine 220 grit to give her extreme smoothness! 

  I use the Makita 1/4 sheet finishing sander. It’s a nice piece of equipment that is easy on the wallet! It works well and is easy on my arthritic hands! It doesn’t vibrate too bad which is great for me!

The Makita 1/4-Sheet Finishing Sander is ideal for wood workers and finish carpenters for a wide range of finish-sanding applications. This sander features a 2 Amp motor that delivers 14,000 orbits per minute for fast and smooth finishing. This finishing sander has a rubber-sealed switch that helps prevent dust contamination and increases durability with an all-ball-bearing construction that significantly reduces vibration and noise. In other words, it’s great and I love it!!!

After I sand the whole dresser down, I slowly and carefully sand down the areas on top that I filled in with the Minwax Wood Filler. After I get her nice and smooth, it’s time to give her the beauty makeover she deserves! It’s time to add some color! I choose black for this girl so we can show off her sleek curves and her deep beauty!

  I use the BEHR Flat Deep Base Premium Plus Ultra Interior Paint. Because it’s a paint & primer in one, it stays looking new longer and has great hide and coverage! It’s easy to clean with a mildew resistant finish. Because it has the paint & primer in one, it most of the time takes only one coat, although I used two coats on this dresser.

It’s always very important to use the same brush that you use and the same paint from the same can! I have several black colors that I use. I buy the colors mostly in quart sizes even though I go through a lot of paint. I like to ensure that it stays fresh instead of sitting around for a while and having the chance of it clumping up!

  I lay a tarp down in my foyer and off I go! For this beauty, I choose the color “Black Forever.”   With each stroke of the brush, it’s bringing her to life! I carefully use long and even brush strokes as you always want to ensure that you do so no lines or clumps will be left!

  I take my time and paint all of her, including the wood on the mirror. But before I do the mirror, I carefully use thick paper and tape the mirror to ensure that no paint seepage will go through since it’s 81 years old!!! Then, I paint the original wood knobs and wait for her to dry!

I usually wait a day to ensure she is dry and I have a fan on her the whole time. What I like to do is actually throw a tarp down in my back room and turn on the ceiling fan and that really gets the air flowing in the room to ensure that it gets even drying coverage!

  Now it’s time to carefully inspect any flaws in the paint and do any touch-ups. Depending on where the touch-ups are, I usually don’t and work them into my distressing! So….off I go to the garage to work on even more perfection! This is the most funnest part…the distressing!!! This is where it all comes to life!

When I do any type of distressing on any of my furniture pieces, I use the Dremel Multi-Max Oscillating Tool! I use a sand paper of 60 to a 120 grit! This makes my distressing time go down by many hours of hand sanding down to minutes! If the paint is very thick or if there is a sealer of primer under the paint, then I use a 60-80 grit sand paper. This make my life easier!

I took my time distressing this dresser, especially around the mirror. I didn’t want to distress it too much, just more or less fine lines to enhance her beauty that she already has. Giving her too much a of distressed look wouldn’t be very attractive! I distressed her all over, including the mirror edges, legs, drawer edges, corners, all edges and knobs!

  She came out so, so beautiful. She came to life. After carefully looking over to ensure I distressed her just enough and not too, too much I started to put her back together. As each piece got added back, she took on a life of her and and I could tell she was gleaming!

The knobs were added and the drawers were complete and added back into the dresser where they belonged! The mirror was added back with all of the original hardware. The mirror came out stunning and I am so in    love with it!!! It is a very classy touch and is very, very beautiful.

   I am very fortunate that the mirror didn’t hardly have any type of silvering missing, although it had an itsy bitsy down in the bottom far right corner. It didn’t take any beauty away from this mirror, I think it actually added character and shows really how old this magnificent piece is! Honestly, unless you were looking, you couldn’t see it that’s how small the area was!

   Adding everything…the mirror, original knobs and hardware back to the shell of the dresser brought it to life! Seeing it distressed and in a flat black just screamed…”Look at me…I’m beautiful again!”

   I decided not to use a polycrylic or a polyurethane at all as I wanted this piece to show off with just the flat black and distressing! After everything was said and done, you couldn’t see the gouges and separation of the wood on the top of the dresser as it looks like it was never there! This tells me that I did my job right when a piece comes out so perfect at this beauty did!

  As soon as I got her done, I did some serious admiring and was doing some serious thinking that she just needed to stay home here with me and be added to the foyer as she would fit in beautifully into my decor!  I did some serious soul searching and said…ok, I’ll take her down to the antique store that I sell out of and I will give her one month to sell! Ughgh! She sold within a few weeks and my heart sunk!

  Even though I was absolutely happy that someone bought this gorgeous dresser, my heart sunk at the same time! I was going to go down to the store tomorrow and bring her home as I made the final decision! I’m glad that someone beat me to it and “I” know that they got a beautiful piece of history…but…for me…my foyer will always remember her while she sat there in her glorified beauty!!!

Pretty in Pink 1930’s Waterfall Vanity! Beautiful!!!

Pretty in Pink 1930’s Waterfall Vanity! Beautiful!!!

   Do you like Waterfall vanities? I do! I love the sleek curves and all of the different styles of the Waterfall vanities! With this little pinkie, unfortunately I didn’t get any before pics, but boy do I have afters! She came out beautiful! Unfortunately, she didn’t have the stool or mirror with her, so I turned the vanity into more or less a desk…but it’s still a vanity! LOL!

  She wasn’t in too bad of shape believe it or not…which is always nice, but she still kept me on my toes! Whew! I first started with a sanding with a 220 grit sand paper just to give her an overall fine smoothing. She did have a few gouges, nicks rather out of a few of the drawers, so we had to fill that in with some wood putty hardener!

  Then, I proceeded on with picking out just the right color for her! Something soothing, something sweet and it came along in a petite way of a very light and very pleasing pink! Very light pink! I didn’t want to have this beauty overpowered by the color pink! (Pink is my color…even my hair is pink! *WINK!*)  I always go to Home Depot (they know me there!) and get my paint! I always get the Behr Ultra Paint, the paint and primer in one! I like how much easier it really is to paint something, especially furniture! The color is: Sweet Nothing! Pretty, pretty, pretty!!! 

Next, it was painting time! So, I put a great big huge tarp in my kitchen and off I go! This paint is odorless, or at least I don’t notice a smell!  I gave her 2 coats of “Sweet Nothing” and put a fan on her overnight. Then, I gave her another coat slowly and smoothly! She is taking shape and looking sweet!!!

   It’s nice to paint the inside of drawers for a clean finish look! Although, you never want to paint the sides of the drawers on the outside or the bottom of the drawer!  The drawers must be kept clear of paint so the drawers won’t stick! For a piece that does stick, use wax or bar soap on the outside of the drawers for a good slide! It’s just a little trick I learned!

  After she is all prettied up, it’s time to do some glazing! I used a color called Black Suede to add to the glaze.The BEHR Premium Plus With the Black Suede Style 1 qt.   Satin Faux Glaze is designed to be blended with BEHR Premium Plus interior paints and applied using a foam brush. The glaze extends a paint’s open time to help create dynamic finishes for all of your furniture refinishing needs!

  I used a new, empty 1 qt. paint can to mix my faux glaze. I mixed one part black and 3-4 parts glaze. I have a pail of warm water ready with several different soft rags. ( I cut up an old soft cotton t-shirt.) I used a foam brush for my application! Make sure you have a wet rag ready to go and a dry one for continuous wiping. Apply your glaze mixture to your piece that you are working in and ensure that you get it in the cracks. Wait a minute then quickly wipe off. Do a small area at one time.

  If you are working on a light colored background as I am, you want to work quickly as the black on a very light color stains! If you don’t get it quickly, you will have to add a few brush strokes of your light color! Make sure your water is always fresh and not dirty….so in other words….continuously change it along with clean, soft rags…dry and wet! This is so, so important…I can’t even tell ya!

  I love the effects the glaze gave! It’s something you want to put in between cracks, in corners, etc. to give the shadow effect or depth. It also helps it look distressed in areas that you cannot distress! Don’t worry about perfection at all! Even though I am a perfectionist, this is something that just doesn’t require it!  Some areas will be more heavily glazed than others! Don’t panic! This is just fine and makes for an interesting finish! The glaze will really look nice when it settles into those cracks, corners, and gouges that you didn’t fix…on purpose! Fun, fun, fun!!!

  Next,  I went to town and distressed her…all over! When I do any type of distressing on any of my furniture pieces, I use the Dremel Multi-Max Oscillating Tool! I use a sand paper of 120 grit! This makes my distressing time go down by many hours of hand sanding down to minutes! If the paint is very thick or if there is a sealer of primer under the paint, then I use a 60-80 grit sand paper. This make my life easier!

  The most important thing to know about using this tool is to be comfortable with it and know how to use it the way you want to get the best performance!! Make sure you get the right type of sand paper that fits the Dremel tool! I use the Dremel brand that way I ensure that it will stick to the sander part! I can’t stress this enough as I’ve been down the road of the off brands and they just don’t stick like the Dremel sand papers.

After I distressed this vanity, I then did 2 coats of a Polycrylic by MinWax. This is an absolutely clear polycrylic that will seal your paint and protect the finish. It provides a durable protection against abrasions, scuffing, chipping, water damage, alcohol and household chemicals to maintain a pristine appearance! I used the satin finish and applied it with a foam brush. I waited a few hours in between each coat. I applied the polycrylic thinly and evenly!

  After distressing her, I wiped her down really good to get all and any dust particles off and look to see if I have missed any spots! There isn’t a right or wrong way of distressing, it’s what you like! I then put the knobs on! WOW!!! This made her pop and made her much more feminine! I was so in love with her as this is the final touch that was added!

The four drawers, two on each side, I added larger clear, glass knobs that have a pretty flower petal design and in the middle drawer I added a pink one of the same design. I got the knobs at Hobby Lobby, my home away from home! LOL! The size of the knobs are: 1 1/2″ x 1 1/4″ I am so in love with this “pretty in pink” vanity! It turned out to be a beauty!

I couldn’t be more proud of this 1930’s waterfall vanity! She wasn’t challenging, which is nice, she just took a little bit of time to make sure she was done to my satisfaction! She is now up for sale in the antique store that I sell out of! She is definitely something to look at! Unfortunately, I don’t have any room in my house otherwise I would be keeping her! *Sigh!* *WINK!*

Vintage 1920′s 3 Drawer Dresser – Original Glass Knobs…Breath Taking!!

Vintage 1920′s 3 Drawer Dresser – Original Glass Knobs…Breath Taking!!


   WOW! Is all I can say! I have a vintage early 1920′s, 3 drawer dresser that is absolutely breath taking! This piece has been revived and brought back to life as it was just begging for it to become beautiful again! She has 2 drawers on top and one large one on the bottom. Each drawer has the original key hole for a skeleton key. The top is a beautiful dark walnut with the drawer faces, side panels and back panel being a absolutely stunning sky blue or a Robin’s egg blue! The other color is white and that is original to this piece.


   Each drawer has its original 1920′s or earlier glass knobs. They have a screw that passes through the entire knob and are absolutely stunning! The drawer faces, side panels and back panel were distressed to match the original white and it is so beautiful! This beauty stands just over 2′ high about about 3.5′ wide. This beauty would be perfect in a foyer, in a hall way or in that special place! 

  This piece had a lot of love that needed to go back into it! We added drawer stoppers behind each drawer and nailed it all back together! Now…each drawer stops at the edge and the face meets up with the outside edge! Whoohoo!

  It was falling apart at the seams and we had to be very careful nailed her back together due to she wasn’t taken care of all these years and the wood is starting to split! Ackckc!

  Every inch was sanded down, although not too much on the original white! Each drawer was sanded down and smoothed with 220 grit sand paper and painted with a Robin’s Egg blue. After the paint dried, it was sanded down with a 120 grit sand paper on the blue drawers to match the original distressing of the white.

Next, the top was stained heavily with a dark walnut to match the color underneath the white and blue. This piece was made with original walnut wood! After adding the 3rd coat and drying completely, I used a acrylic polyurethane on the top and put 5 coats!

  After all was said and done, her original 1920’s or earlier glass knobs were put back on the give her final finishing touch of revival! She came out ABSOLUTELY STUNNING and I am so in LOVE with her!!! This piece was definitely JUNKY when I got her and now she is FUNKYlicious!!! She is Shabby…she is chic…she is HAWT!!!