Sunday, January 27, 2013

I bought this late 1800's dresser from a friend.  The veneer on the top was in terrible shape and he had tried to take it off.  It was a mess but I finally managed to get it off and then patched the rough spots in the dressers top. 
I found information on creating a crackle finish with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Basically, you put put the paint on a little thick and then immediately heat it up with a hairdryer. The hot air dries it quickly and it cracks in a very natural and random pattern.  You have to work in small sections,

I tried a variety of knobs but decided to use the original knobs.

For fun, I painted the drawer sides with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint "Florence" and then used Modge Podge to line each drawer with pieces from "The Ladies Floral Cabinet" magazine dated 1876.  I found a large stack of these in Vermont and they are so much fun to read!


 Here's the final product!  It sold quickly and I hope the buyers enjoy it.  It was a fun piece to work on.

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