I was immediately drawn to the simple elegance of this vintage Dixie dresser. The subtle curve of the bow front. The simple and understated carved details at the bottom. The original Hepplewhite pulls that had aged to the perfect bronze patina. What’s not to love?
The original reddish mahogany finish was worn, but otherwise this dresser was in great structural condition. Sitting outside in front of the Goodwill, it was begging for me to take it home.
To be fair, the photo above is not a true “before” photo. I had already removed the hardware, patched with wood filler, tested a couple of paint swatches on the bottom drawer, and started sanding. It’s more accurately an “in process” photo.
After prepping, I painted it with two coats of Country Chic paint in Cobblestone. Oh my goodness, this is such a pretty gray. When I did the test swatch in my shop, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite sure about the color. It seemed to have a lot of green undertone. It really was just the lighting in my space, though, because once it was all finished and inside, I was totally in love with this color. Lighting truly can make a huge difference with it comes to paint. Cobblestone is a very nice medium toned gray, and it looks so lovely on this dresser.
I’ve described this dresser as “French Farmhouse” because to me, that means vintage, aged, and rustic elegance.
The paint has dimension, and I sanded it to bring out some of the various gray tones in the paint. I cleaned up the pulls but left them with their original patina (sometimes I shine them up with Brasso) because I like the brown tones with the gray paint. Again, I was going for an aged elegance with this piece.
By the way, the French Provincial chair is one that I picked up some time ago for a few dollars. I gave it a makeover, but have never blogged about it. I should probably do that, huh? It’s so comfy and I am currently using it in my office. It makes a perfect mate styled along side the dresser, too.
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