Monday, April 15, 2013

An old dresser redo using Antiquing Glaze

Last week I finally got around to redoing a vintage dresser that I purchased about a year ago. It's been sitting in the shop just waiting to be transformed. I just couldn't decide what color that I wanted it to be. Well, I finally decided to tackle it and just see where I'd go.

Here it is in its before stage. I totally forgot to take a photo before I started sanding, so a little has already been sanded away.

vintage dresser
My first thought was, that I'd paint the entire dresser but after I sanded all the grime off the top I loved the grain in the wood. Isn't it pretty?
So I decided to stain the top instead. I used Minwax Gunstock stain. It has a slight reddish/orange hue.
I then decided that I would paint the dresser red. First, I sanded and primed everything. It took a couple of coats of red to cover.
Then I decided that I would glaze the drawer fronts and sides of the dresser. I used Valspar Antiquing Glaze. Be sure to wear gloves when using this stuff or else you'll really mess up your hands and finger-nails. (Not a pretty picture for sure)
Valspar Antiquing Glaze
I just brushed on the Glaze like so...
Valspar Antiquing Glaze on drawer
Then wiped off the glaze until I had the look that I was going for. Big difference in the before glaze and after, huh?
Valspar Antiquing Glaze difference
I forgot, as usual to take a photo before I took the dresser to my booth at the Antique Mall, so the photo is some-what dark. Plus my hand was shaky using my phone, so not the best photo.
Vintage dresser redo
Here's one that's not so shaky.
I really like how the dresser turned out. I glazed the dresser drawers and the sides too, but left the dresser front un-glazed to give it some contrast. You can't really see it in the photos but I love the look it gave doing that.
A quick before/after.
So, what do you think?? I'm hoping that it sells quickly as it's taken up quite a bit of room in my little 9 1/2' by 9 1/2' space.

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  1. Very neat result! I've never used antiquing glaze, but I love how yours turned out.
    Debbie :)

  2. What a great " finish " - it turned out beautifully - I'm sure it'll sell quickly!

  3. I love the way you kept the top a wood stain...the dresser truly transformed into a gorgeous the antiquing glaze..The dresser looks so pretty in your booth!

  4. It looks beautiful! I love the red color you chose, but the antique glaze makes such a difference. It will sell!

  5. So fabulous and beautiful! How did you like the Valspar glaze? Found you through Funky Junk Interiors Party Junk 183...

    Cher @ Designs by Studio C

  6. I've never tried glazing anything. Thanks for sharing your technique.

  7. That's a great piece! And a TON of work. LOVE all the drawers.
    Bet it sells fast. :)

  8. Looks so good!
    What a great piece...lots of storage.

  9. Looks awesome! Love that RED... do you mind if I ask the brand and color # or name?

  10. Hi Josh, Great you're delighted with the 357. I have one myself since like 10 decades. I enjoy it too, not modded as yours though.
    Right now it doesn't work, it chokes when warm. Brought to a neigbour of mine and he shall have a deeper look at it.
    It seems like some have had problem with the automatic decompression valve, so does yours have that?
    Have a fantastic day! Chainsaw Sharpeners Chainsaw Sharpener


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