Antique Dresser

If you remember from last week, I picked up a couple pieces of furniture while in Shipshewana, IN. I was especially excited about the dresser I found and couldn't wait to get my hands on it. So, that's precisely what I did this week! 

Here is the Before picture

I was really digging the style of this piece. It's small enough that it could be used in so many different ways. Besides a basic dresser, it would make a great entryway piece or an accent piece in pretty much any room. It has a simple design, yet still packs a lot of character into a small piece.

Here is how the piece turned out. 

I was really getting the vintage/country charm/shabby chic (whatever you want to call it) vibe from this dresser, so I opted for a softer color. I mixed Annie Sloan's Duck Egg with Aubusson Blue to make a really pretty medium shade of blue. 

The piece also has a bit of texture on it. It looks like it had been stained multiple times, giving it some depth. I knew I wanted to not only keep this texture, but also to accentuate it. 

In order to highlight all the texture of the piece, I opted to give it a heavier distressed look. This step really brought the piece to life and gave it a punch. I felt like with each stroke of sanding, the piece was telling a new story of how it became worn and weathered.

Since the piece came with a missing pull, I switched out the originals for some basic cup pulls I found at Home Depot. The oil rubbed bronze finish adds some contrast against the blue and helps to tie in the dark stained top.

I think what really makes this piece are the details...

Like the keyholes,

the casters,

and even the detailing on the sides.

Despite the initial hour of cleaning off spider webs and making some minor repairs to the drawers, this was a fun piece to refinish and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out.