The Preakness

To begin with, we want to welcome and thank everyone who has found our blog via the Minwax facebook page.  The Bruno has been well received and we are grateful for that.  We are currently working on a blog post discussing the various uses of wood medium to construct furniture and were hoping to have if finished in time for all of the Minwax fans to be able to read it.  Basically the post will be discussing solid wood, veneers, MDF, and laminate coverings.  From how to identify and some basic information on how to refinish and/or paint.  So stay tuned!

Now, onto the latest Renewal.  This beautiful antique dresser is constructed of 100% wood products with veneer facing.  The veneer was nothing spectacular, though, and the previous owners had tried to refinish the piece…and failed.  Miserably.  This piece was destined for my workshop and my paintbrush.  The “before” picture is more like the “before the paint but after all the sanding and prep work”….sorry, I guess I got a little too excited to start on this one.

Here she is:

She has been painted using two shades of green milk paint.  The basecoat is a deep hunter green.  The hunter green can be seen through the distressing and on the detailing pieces on the front.  The topcoat is a lovely shade of grass green.  This green is absolutely stunning in person and is very versatile in design.  The paint is sealed and enriched with a great furniture wax that is hand-buffed to a beautiful lustre.

The insides of the drawers were originally unfinished wood.  Unfinished wood is subject to staining from oils as well as absorbing odors.  In order to protect this antique from further deterioration and odor, we used a dark jacobean stain to bring out the wood grain and complement the green and then sealed it all with 3 coats of polyurethane.

The original hardware has been refinished in oil-rubbed bronze and we added 4 glass knobs to the top drawers to give a little more sparkle and update the look a bit.

This dresser is 42 inches in length, 21 inches deep, and 34 inches high.  We can add era-appropriate wooden casters which will add more height, for a small fee.

This beautiful dresser has moved on to a new and loving home.  Thanks, Anna!

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  1. I just love those colors!! Which brand of milk paint did you use? And way to go above and beyond by doing the inside
    drawers and a poly coat??!!! Wow. Sometimes if they’re that bad, I will line the drawers w/nice fabric. This piece turned
    out very pretty.

    1. Thanks for your compliments 🙂 The milk paint used on this piece is Lexington Green and Tavern Green by Old Fashion Milk Paint. We will be posting a milk paint comparison in the coming weeks but I will say now that this brand definitely needs a bonding agent mixed in with it or else it will flake off almost entirely.

      As for staining the drawers…on many of the 60+ year old dressers, the drawers are just raw wood. In that case, I like to stain and poly them to seal them from absorbing odors and staining. Newer pieces usually have a light varnish on them and rather than painfully stripping all the varnish off to stain and seal, I’ll paint or use wallpaper/fabric/decoupage etc to ‘pretty’ them up.

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