Wednesday 1 August 2012
Ebony and Ivory
I've been working on two dressers and finished both in the same day :)
I'm calling them Ebony and Ivory. I'm not sure which I like more. They are just so different but equally beautiful.
The light one started out looking like this...
It had all it's original hardware (which I have saved for a future project)
And it's top was covered in mac-tack.
Over all it was in GREAT shape. When I say that I mean structurally. On the back was the manufacturers tag. So I know the maker and the age. Then as a bonus inside the top drawer was the original price tag and where it was bought. It was sold from Eatons and the original price tag said it sold for $4.95!!
WOW...can you imagine picking this up today brand new for that price?
No way did I pay that for it now..wish, but didn't happen...lol
I ended up staining the top then sealing it with a new wax that I wanted to try out. I can't tell you how pleased I am with the results. The body was painted, distressed and waxed. It's now as soft as butter. I added glass knobs that I ordered from Kennedy Hardware. You really do have to go check them out. I love their glass, and I've also ordered a lot of replacement parts to fix pieces.
I picture this one going to a little girls room. Maybe it's the glass but it screams "girl" to me :)
The Dark dresser started (well to me) white.
These pictures don't seem to be in order, but you get the idea. Lots of paint to strip off but so worth the effort.
The paint job wasn't bad, but after researching the manufacturer online I realized that I probably had a solid walnut dresser on my hands (yes again the tag was still on the back...I LOVE that)
And sure enough it was solid walnut. :)
So back to natural it was.
I love the rustic look of this.
The handles that came gold handles from somewhere in the 80's that were just not right.
These handles came off a piece I redid last year. They are probably about the same age at the dresser.
The locks work and the keyhole covers are from this piece. I painted them a matte black.
It all came together and fits the look I was going after, probably better than I hoped for.