The Pear Dresser
I have to admit I love these old pieces with the carved pulls. I picked one up a few months ago with beautiful acorn pulls – and instead of refinishing it, it is now serving as my knob & paper storage chest. Then I saw this one on craigslist and instantly fell in love with the pear shaped handles. Adorable! Especially with the two hanky drawers on top – it was perfect.
While I debated all of the spots I could use this dresser in my house, my hubby reminded me of my promise to clean out the garage with winter now here (too many antiques to park the cars). Ok, no room for this one to stay – and I have long been wanting to do one of these in a light gray/dark gray combo. I guessed this was the time.
Lucky for me this dresser was in great shape. It smelled a little musty, so I left the drawers sitting outside for a couple non-rainy days – and the rest was in good working order. As usual, I gave it a wash with TSP-substitute to clean it up and removed the pulls. I got started by doing the basecoat in Miss Mustard Seed Trophy milk paint. The second coat was a darker gray which has become one of my new faves – Sweet Pickin’s Zinc milk paint. I painted the pulls in the Zinc as the base coat and then top coat with Miss Mustard Seed Grain Sack, which is the go-to light white/gray color for me. I also highlighted the circular trim the same color. The dresser was finished off with Maison Blanche Light Brown Wax. I reinstalled the hardware and lined the drawers in a lovely contrasting yellow and white polka dot paper from Paper Source.
This was such a fun piece with character that you just can’t find these days… Thanks for taking the time to check it out. Over the next few days it’s my hope to catch up on posts – I have a few more dressers, a buffet, and tables to share. I’m excited for the new year to come and so grateful for the opportunity to do all of the things I love and share them with you :).