The two finished pieces I will show you today, I purchased at the end of 2011, so their makeovers have been a long time coming. The dresser, I purchased at an antique store in Mesa and the mirror, at the Cave Creek Thieves Market. I’ve been a little adventurous lately, so I figured I do both pieces in two colors. Since I wanted to achieve an old layered look for the dresser, I even used a little crackle glaze.
The Dresser & The Mirror
The Paint Colors
I chose: French Linen and Old White
The only thing I found out about this, is that the people I bought it from, purchased it at an auction. It’s very primitive looking; it’s held together by dowels – not nails. I thought it was pretty awesome and it was only $24. And it’s something you can’t buy at Restoration Hardware!
I fell in love with the carving at the top and the pressed glass.
First, I painted two coats of French Linen, then painted the top and the inner trim with Old White. I aged it by using AS dark wax.
The color was fine, but I knew I wanted to get rid of the glossy finish. I randomly applied the crackle glaze and waited for it to dry. I painted the Old White parts first, then I painted the drawers in the French Linen. It’s actually a mixture of 2 parts French Linen, one part Old White. After the first coat, there was too much paint showing through, but was fine after the second coat. I wasn’t going for a “super-defined” crackle look, I just wanted it to look a little aged. With some patience, I achieved my desired look. I used clear wax, mixed with a dab of dark wax. I also painted the hardware and key holes in Old White.
WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU…