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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Re-dressing The Dresser

I have re-finished a lot of furniture…but never have I done a home made treatment.   I have used paint, stain, ink, fabric, paper and metal…but never have I looked into my kitchen cupboards to re-create a piece of furniture.  

A few weeks ago, I was looking online for a way to distress wood, to make it look old.   I happened upon a few sites that gave several different techniques that would weather wood quickly.   Intrigued, I tried every last one of them.   I was disappointed in all of them.   None of them gave me the results I was looking for.   So…in my usual Tootsie fashion, I mulled it over for a few days. 

Everyone knows how I love rust.   YES I said RUST.   I love old rusty metal things, that I can use in my decorating adventures…I just love it.   I love rust pretty much anywhere and everywhere…except on my Truck.  lol   I decided that I would age some wood…and I would do it using a coctail of rust, vinegar. baking soda, and strong black tea.

I poured a jug of vinegar into a pail, threw in a rusty piece of metal and added a sprinkle of baking soda.   It started to bubble immediatley…the vinegar was eating the rust off the metal and turning it to a wonderful shade of brown.   The tea was hot, super strong and a glorious shade of deep brown…It was time.   I just needed to find some wood to age!  I poured the tea into the bucket of vinegar water and was ready to get to work.

I did a few sample boards to see what the concoction that I had brewed up would do to them…Spruce changed to a glorious color of gray…so did cedar…it got very nice and dark…almost black.   Pine changed to a soft shade of brown-gray…I think I found my new favorite treatment!   I NEEDED to try this Tootsie Brew on a piece of furniture!
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My Cowboy had this dresser sitting in storage.   It needed to be fixed up.  It isn’t in the “worst” shape…nor is it “old”…but it is something he likes, so he wanted it fixed up a bit.   It is made from solid pine…and had a varnish treatment on it.   I was absolutely “up” for the challenge to make this small dresser over.   It would need to be done in such a way that it would look like it belonged in the Minburn house that we are renovating and transforming.  

I eagerly pulled out the electric sander, and got straight to work!
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I sanded for a couple (3 1/2)  of hours, until the dresser was completely naked.   None of the varnish was left at all….It sure did come out white!
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There are a few blemishes on the front of the bottom drawer, but for the most part, this piece is in good shape!
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I then pulled out my Tootsie Brew…of vinegar, rust, baking soda, and black tea, and got busy painting it onto the dresser.
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Waiting for that coat of “brew” to dry seemed to take FOREVER!….
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….but it was worth the wait!   I am loving the way this wood is aging!  

I sent my Cowboy a photo of his dresser thus far.   We both agreed that maybe I should try another application of the “brew”   just to try to darken it up a bit more. 

So…I applied another coat.   While I waited for it to dry, I worked on the hardware.
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I bought a can of hammered metal spray paint in a brown color…and sprayed each of the drawer pulls. 

By the time the drawer pulls were dry, so was the dresser…and I could marry them!
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OH YEA….This looks GREAT.
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I love the new look for this dresser…it is rustic and aged…it’s not shiny, it’s not pretty…it’s gorgeous!
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It is a great change for this inexpensive dresser.  I am so happy with the way it turned out…and best of all…my Cowboy loves it.  We are both looking forward to putting it into the 108 year old house we are fixing up!

If you would like to read about the 108 year old house project…you can find links to the first 4 chapters at the end of this post.

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What do YOU think?   Did I do this dresser justice?   Did my “brew” age it?   Don’t forget to weigh in with a comment!   I’d love to hear from you!

Until Next Time…  Happy Junkin’/ Renovating/ Decorating!

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Did you miss a post or two in the 108 year old house series?
Article #1  If The Walls Of This Old House Could Tell A Story…The Saddest Chapter Is About To End.

Article #2   If Walls Could Tell A Story…The 108 Year Old House…On The Inside

Article #3If The Walls Of This Old House Could Tell a Story…The Small Bedroom In The 108 Year Old House

Article #4 If the Walls Of This Old House Could Tell a Story…The Master Bedroom

10 comments:

Nell at njschout said...

What an interesting way to finish a dresser! : )

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

This piece turned out wonderful!!!

Lori E said...

It turned out great. I don't think it looks aged but it looks way better suited for a 108 year old house.
I think what is missing is the patina that comes with age. It needs a bit of darkening around the edges and around the handles. Not too much. Just enough to make it look like many hands have touched it over the years.

Bev Carter said...

I love it. What a great transformation. I can't believe that your brew created this look. Great job. I might have to try this on a piece of furniture.
Have a great week,
Bev

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Oh how we love the results!! We'll have to write that "recipe" down....you never know when you need a good distressed color :)
Thanks for poppin' over to our blog ~ appreciate the follow soooo much!!
~ Karla & Karrie

Joani said...

I love it. It looks just right for that 108 year old home. Thanks for sharing.

Barbara said...

A great transformation and I love the garden header.

Pamela Gordon said...

Wow that looks really great! You are smart and brave to attempt making your own paint/stain brew. It looks much better I think. Pam

Martha's Favorites said...

I am just amazed when ladies can do these kind of projects. You are so talented. I do hope you can join us soon on Tea Cup Tuesday. It is lots of fun. Sending hugs, Martha

Behind My Picket Fence said...

Well dear friend, you only improved that dresser about 167% - or thereabouts. Great job!