Friday, January 29, 2016

Like French Country? Then you'll LOVE this Ornate Detailed Dresser!

I found this piece a few months ago at a tiny little thrift store in a little bitty neighborhood by my house. Unlikely find at this shop. Not much room there.  Usually clothing and kitchen items are all I can find. It was actually laying on it's back on a 4-wheel cart on the sidewalk when I drove by but, "something" made me look. At first I thought it was in mint condition but, at closer inspection found that the braided moulding going across the top was broken and missing. It also had a little piece on the left and right that turned up almost like a sleigh bed and one of those were missing completely.


As you can see from the photo, I had a bit of braided moulding in my stash of stashes but, it was new. A good thing I had it but, no way to match it up just right, not to mention the bare spots where I removed the upturned sides.  You can just see a little to the R. on the top edge there.
I replaced what I could and although it wouldn't be an exact match (the braiding I had was angled different) I knew that between the added moulding and paint job it would work!

I first painted it out in Old White ASCP, gently distressed it and clear wax. Then I waited 2 or 3 weeks before I did the next steps because I knew it needed more but, just couldn't decide WHAT? So, I checked back through my Pinterest pages of gorgeous French Pieces and decided on mixing up a goodly amount of black glaze and tackled it. A word of advice when working with glazes, whatever technique you decide on, make sure you allow enough time to do the entire piece. I've found that coming back later seems to result in a slightly different application and can effect your final result.This is how it turned out!

I hope you enjoyed this little post. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them :) I love feedback! Without it, you'll never know what you can do better or how you can help.

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