This vintage 5 drawer dresser was my most recent Craigslist find. Even with the blurry Craigslist photo, I could see beautiful curve of the serpentine top drawer. I knew I had to have it. Here’s the before photo in my workshop.
The finish was in fairly good shape, and I actually hesitated to paint it. . . for about a minute. Come on, painting furniture is what I love to do, so of course I was going to paint it!
I decided I wanted to go with a blue with gray tones. I created a custom mix using General Finishes milk paint. I used approximately 2 parts Coastal Blue, 2 parts Snow White, and 1 part Lamp Black. These portions are really approximations – I just mixed until I had achieved the blue gray color I was going for. The closest Benjamin Moore color is Van Deusen blue. I was able to obtain good coverage with 2 coats and then I sealed the entire piece with 2 coats of General Finishes High performance top coat in satin.
The original pulls were in poor condition and the back plates were mismatched, so they had to be replaced. I found the new bail pulls on D. Lawless Hardware – what is becoming my “go to” source for hardware. They were only 75 cents per pull (yes, 75 cents – that is not a typo). I was a bit skeptical that they might not be great quality when I ordered them because they were so inexpensive. I was very pleasantly surprised when they arrived. They are really lovely.
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