Eastlake Dresser in Artissimo
This was a super fun custom project for a client who found this dresser on craigslist. It had the awesome lines and character of a traditional Eastlake piece – the one issue (in my opinion) was that it had been refinished by a previous owner in a very strange orangey brown stain. It was pretty awful (no offense to whomever chose that color). My client wanted it refinished in a dark blue with a stained top, as has become my typical of my style. He gave me lots of creative freedom in how to do it – which I loved. I tend to have a plan in mind when I start a piece, but as I go along I adapt – once you see things live it’s easier to determine if it’s coming together – or not so much!
Here was the dresser before the makeover. I’m sorry I don’t have a true before photo, in this pic I had removed the mirror and had begun refinishing.
The first thing I did was strip the top of the dresser. Oh my that orange brown stain was persistent. When I thought I had gotten down to the bare wood, I stained it in a dark walnut. And guess what – it still looked orange. Yuck. So I stripped it again and sanded the heck out of it. Then I layered on a Varathane Weathered Gray stain to counterbalance any of the natural orange tint. It worked, because when I then applied the next layer of Varathane Kona it was a true dark brown. Yes! I finished off the top with General Finishes High Performance Flat Polyurethane.
Then I became the basecoat of milk paint using Miss Mustard Seed’s French Enamel blue. My client had also purchased a dresser in French Enamel That orange stain also bled through…ugh!!! So I used two coats of that color before then doing another two coats of Miss Mustard Seed Artissimo blue. Then I finished it off by distressing and applying Maison Blanche Light Brown Wax. For the knobs, I actually bought new wood knobs and stained them to match the top. The original knobs I painted to match the dresser so that my client could have choice of which he liked better. The drawers were lined in a fun modern gray and orange designer paper from Spoonflower. Here is the finished piece.
Thanks for taking the time to check out this piece. It was a lot of fun to refinish. I still have several pieces yet to post, including a new (indoor) x-base dining table and bench. Look forward to sharing those soon!
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