I hope you are just as amazed by this transformation as I am. This is my passion! This is what I love to do, I rescue furniture and have the best time making it pretty again.
I get such a sense of pride when a piece is finished. Running around to thrift stores and second-hand stores is where I start the hunt for the right piece. Oh and it’s a hunt because I look for quality furniture that has been discarded. I like working with a solid wood rather than the laminates but have occasionally done that too. I picked up this ugly brown dresser at a local thrift store. I can’t believe someone painted this. This is an Art Deco waterfall dresser, I would guess the age to be from the late 1930’s to early 1940’s. I just had to get that paint off, I knew something beautiful was underneath.
After getting that ugly paint off, I could tell this poor dresser needed some love. Look at that poor thing so unloved for who knows how many years or decades. I got busy sanding it down to the beautiful wood that I knew was there and I think I heard it say thank you.
Now we can see the pattern in the wood grain, isn’t it pretty? I’m getting excited now, that’s a veneer over the plywood. A veneer is a solid wood that is very thin, less than 1/4″ and it’s applied over top of the plywood. What you can see on the front of the drawers is a burl wood(which is a massive ugly growth found on trees, kinda looks like the tree has a giant wort). It makes for the prettiest patterns when sliced thin and used as a veneer.
I am so amazed at how gorgeous this turned out! I take my time and do it right the first time around (my mom taught me that.) I re-stained this and added the black trim to make the wood grain pop, then added a top coat to protect it all. I’m certain this dresser feels magnificient again. All that’s left to do is find it a loving home to reside in.