Hi, friends – happy Wednesday! Before I share how I was unexpectedly invited into an old classmate’s home for this piece of furniture, I’m going to jump right in and say I’m in love with this new black. It’s Caviar Chalk Mineral Paint and it’s one of the new colors in Dixie Belle’s Paint line. It’s a perfect match for this vintage dresser makeover.
Have you ever reunited with someone from your past and the timing felt awkward, yet perfect?
A few months back, Dad, Andrea and I were driving home from one of Dad’s doctors’ appointments. There was a house for sale – a big bin in the driveway – and the cutest little buffet waiting its turn into the dumpster. It was this one here… who could I resist, right?!…
I hopped out of the car to see if I could salvage it …. and omgosh, it’s Tracy! – a classmate of mine from back in my high school days.
After a little catching-up, Tracy tells me she’s selling the house and clearing out all the contents because her Dad recently passed away. She has more vintage furniture in the house that she needs gone asap – and if I can haul it out, I can take it. I insisted on paying her a fair price and the next day, MMM and I helped clear out furniture. This reunion was a little awkward due to the sad circumstances but it was also perfect timing. The best part, I got to touch base with someone I haven’t seen in over 30 years!
This vintage dresser needed some TLC but it’s a really beautiful even in the ‘before’.
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It’s not though. As you can see on the dresser, this black is a rich, deep-pigmented TRUE black. I used very little for this dresser makeover and it covers like a dream. The finish and color remind me of Miss Mustard Seeds Typewriter Black. A matte black luxurious-looking finish. The perfect fall color choice for this vintage dresser makeover.
- Vintage Tall Dresser – SALVAGED!
- TSP for Cleaning
- Caviar Black Chalk-Mineral Paint
- Black Wax
- Paint Brush
- Shop Towels for Applying and Rubbing off Black Wax
- Rub’N Buff for Hardware
VINTAGE DRESSER MAKEOVER::
- Repaired dresser drawers
- Cleaned inside and out with TSP
- Painted 2 coats of Caviar Black (see paint technique below)
- Lightly sanded the paint with 320 grit before sealing
- Protected and finished with Black Wax
- Updated the original hardware with Grecian Gold Rub’N Buff
My goal was to update and restyle this dresser tastefully and respectfully. Aside from the repairs, I left everything original including the hardware. I freshened up the pulls with Grecian Gold Rub’n Buff. Now they look like heirloom jewelry against the rich black.
The paint technique I used on this piece was wet distressing using a paintbrush. For this technique, ‘less is more’.
I started painting heavily in some areas and left the wood exposed in other areas. Then for my second coat, I laid the paint on heavy in the opaque areas I already brushed on coat number one, then wet my brush and feathered the paint out. Then wet the brush a little more and paint a wash. I then wiped away the excess wet paint with a shop towel and then let it dry.
This technique provides a beautiful soft distressed look leaving some of the natural wood finish showing through in varying degrees. Super vintage. Super soft. No harsh distressing but instead it looks naturally worn.
Let me know what you think of this new black… or if you’re a fan of black-painted furniture. Feel free to chime in if you have any questions or would just like to say ‘HI’. I always love hearing from you!