THIS VINTAGE DRESSER GETS A NEW BLUE VELVET FINISH WITH GOLD ACCENTS | BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!
Happy Thursday friends… it’s my Birthday today and I feel blessed to share my special day with you! To help me celebrate I have a surprise for YOU at the end of this post… a generous GIVEAWAY! A HUGE thank you to Dixie Belle Paint Company for sponsoring this post + Giveaway!
It’s also Furniture Fixer Upper day! I’m joining my furniture painting besties and linking to their makeovers below… so be sure to check them out later in the post as well.
Here’s the vintage dresser I started with. All these gorgeous details were just waiting to be brought to life with some gold accents. There was trim missing on the oval and a few missing pieces of veneer, but nothing a fancy velvety paint finish couldn’t cover up.
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Vintage Dresser – SALVAGED
Shop Towel | Titebond Glue
Dewalt Orbital Sander
Sandpaper | Tack Cloth
BOSS Gray Primer
Antebellum Chalk Mineral Paint
In The Navy Chalk Mineral Paint
Gold Gilding Wax
Satin Clear Coat
VINTAGE DRESSER W GOLD ACCENTS
If you follow my IG and FB stories, you may have seen me and my friend, Mara, out furniture shopping last week. I found this gorgeous shapely dresser at the Missions Thrift Store for $67. Prices for used furniture have gone up so this is a fabulous find!
Once I got it into my studio, here’s how it all came together…
I started by removing all the hardware and giving it a really good cleaning inside and out. Be sure to keep reading to see the SIMPLE gold and glittery transformation of this old hardware!
SAND AND REPAIR
To repair the broken trim on the front oval, I removed what was left using a putty knife and then gave the entire dresser a scuff sanding.
I used this Woodubend trim and glued it on using Titebond Glue. If you’ve never tried these bendable trims, I have a full tutorial including a video here.
PRIME AND PAINT
Because these old vintage dressers tend to show splotches and bleed through, I primed with this BOSS Tinted Gray Primer.
Pro Tip ~ When painting a dark color, a tinted primer is really helpful as it will cut down on the number of coats needed for full coverage.
For my base coat, I used In The Navy. With the help of the tinted primer, I got GREAT coverage with just one coat!
Once my base coat of navy was dry, I gave it a light sanding to knock it down and then added a paint-wash of Antebellum over it.
This wash distressing method is messy but fun. Brush the paint on, then dab it off with a lint-free towel or shop cloth. This removes a little of the wash to reveal the navy base coat underneath.
HOW TO PAINT GOLD ACCENTS
Furniture with gorgeous trim lends itself to gold accenting beautifully. My favorite way to add gold highlights is by using a gilding wax or mousse. Both these methods are easy and inexpensive. A little gold wax or mousse goes a long way and can be brushed on using an artist’s brush or applied with a sponge or your fingertip.
To bring this dresser’s trim to life, I used this water-based Gemstone Mousse in Amber. I would describe this as a rich and highly pigmented copper-gold and the red undertones play off the velvety blue finish perfectly! Unfortunately, due to supply, I don’t think this Gemstone Mousse is still available but for a similar option, these Golden Gilding Waxes work amazing!
- Pick your gold accent color
- Prep your piece by cleaning or painting
- Mix the gold mousse well
- Apply a SMALL amount onto the trim
- Add more for a stronger effect
This gold mousse works amazing to glitz up old hardware as well. Because it’s water-based, it dries within an hour and cures within 24 hours. Take a look at this before and after.
Here’s how it all came together. I’m in love with this dresser. So elegant and gorgeous. I can’t wait to hear what you think!
Doesn’t the gold highlight all these details beautifully? It sparkles when the light hits it just right!
The paint finish on this really reminds me of crushed velvet. I imagine it to feel soft and plush and change shades when running my hands over it. I remember when I was in Kindergarten and Mrs. Buxton my teacher wore her velvet high-heeled shoes. I would play with them while sitting on the floor during storytime. Thinking back she was a great teacher. I mean come on — not minding sweaty little hands all over her shoes — that’s something…lol.
AND NOW FOR SOME GIVEAWAY FUN!
Dixie Belle Paints has generously teamed up with Salvaged Inspirations so we can ALL celebrate together!
We have THREE Generous Prize Packages of Dixie Belle Products so 3 lucky winners can give these products a try!
$100 DIXIE BELLE PACKAGE
$50 DIXIE BELLE PACKAGE
$50 DIXIE BELLE PACKAGE
It’s EASY to enter. Just click on the ENTRY WIDGET below and then come back daily to complete more chances to win.
The first name randomly picked by Raffelcopter will receive a $100 credit towards any Dixie Belle Paint Company product(s) and the second and third names drawn will receive a $50 credit! I’ll be announcing the winner next Tuesday, Nov. 23 so be sure to check back in. I can’t wait for you to try these amazing products… and if you have any trim you’d like to glitz up with some gold, be sure to try this GOLD Gilding Wax!
AND NOW FOR SOME FURNITURE FIXER-UPPER FUN!
You’re going to LOVE what my creative team of Furniture Fixer Upper ladies do! Below are their BEFORE photos. Visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek as well! x
1. PETTICOAT JUNKTION
2. CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL DIYER
3. GIRL IN THE GARAGE
4. SALVAGED INSPIRATIONS (HAPPY YOU’RE HERE!)
Here’s another look at this before and after. I hope it’s inspired you and given you some new ideas for your projects.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS VINTAGE DRESSER REDO AND WHAT YOUR FAVORITE GOLD HIGHLIGHTING PRODUCT IS. FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting friends!
Do you have any idea the age of this dresser? I have one just like it. There’s a number stamp on the back. I was thinking somewhere between 1890-1920.
Hi Bethany! I’m not sure how old my dresser is as I don’t see any stamp or numbers. If I were to take a guess… I agree with you, 1920’s sounds about right.
Wow Wow Wow!!!! This is absolutely gorgeous. You made the details stand out beautifully!
Aw thanks so much Fran! XOXO
Marie B says
Another stunning makeover! Happy Belated Birthday, Denise. I hope you had a fabulous one. xoxo
Thanks my friend! I had a beautiful birthday and weekend, thank you! XOXO
Happy birthday! That dresser is gorgeous! You truly made it beautiful!
Thank you Marty!
Be still my heart!!!! I’m in LOVE! Absolutely STUNNING! You hit it out of the ballpark again Denise 🙂
Aw, thank you Suzanne!🤗
Wow! What a stunning transformation!!
Thanks so much Alanna! Much appreciated! XOXO
Your work is truly inspirational! And love that bendable wood accent.
I love how the gold pops off the blues. It’s a beautiful statement piece. Great job!
This piece is absolutely stunning with it royal features! I hope you have a wonderful birthday 🙂
Thank you Cortlyn!!🤗
Anita Taylor says
Denise—This dresser is stunning! Your creativity is so inspiring. I have a similar dresser and want to try this Mousse and WUB accents. Many thanks for sharing and Happy Birthday!
Thanks Anita and good luck!
I’ll always love the entry table you did with the copper mousse. I redid two tables like that and sold them both!
Wow, that’s a stunning makover! Love that stormy seas look!
Thanks my friend! Always love seeing you here! XOXO
Peggy Litzenberger says
Stunning!! Thank you for sharing this beautiful dresser and the steps to achieve this lovely finish. It’s so yummy and I can’t wait to try it on a dresser in the garage. I’m so thankful for all you artists that are so willing to share with others your methods and colors to create beauty out of some worn out or discarded furniture. To Sharon and Denise, I can’t believe I’m 71 and doing this!!!!😍. Have a wonderful holiday season everyone 🎄
Thank you Peggy and thanks for sharing! I hope I have the energy and creativity to be doing this in another 20 years! Have a wonderful holiday season as well and good luck in the giveaway! XOXO
Joanne H says
I’m late but can’t let it go…Happy birthday! Wishing you many more and a wonderful year.
The dresser is beautiful with all the gorgeous accents. It’s always fun to see what you do with WoodUBend and accentuating highlights.
Thanks so much Joanne! Much appreciated! x
I’m so enjoying your blogs. Thank you!
I love the wood you bend product you used on this. Great color and such a beautiful finish on this piece. COntinue to keep inspiring us.
Linda Turner says
As always, I love the way the dresser turned out. Your pieces are always so unique and beautiful! Thank you for sharing your expertise! I love the Golden finish you selected to add that “pop”! Thanks and I hope your birthday was wonderful!
This is beautiful!
Lowell Pruett says
Stephanie Heath says
You have painted the most gorgeous pieces of furniture and you are such an inspiration, 😊
I thought at first the wash was only young to be on the fancy corner mouldings but I love it all over! I’m a little chicken yet to use such a bold color like antebellum. Maybe in the new year!
Very pretty, love the blue and gold together!
Jackie P says
Absolutely gorgeous work, as always! I always look forward to your posts, and learning new things from your expertise and talent!
Cynthia Roberts says
Ooo love that gold mousse! Its beautiful!
This dresser is gorgeous! Thank you for teaching me some new techniques. I need more gold in my life. I’d love to win some Dixie Belle productS- thanks for giving me a chance! I’m curious to know how you finished the piece- wax?
I’m going to be giving it a spray finish with a Satin Clear coat but I wanted to wait until the gold mousse was 100% dry. Good luck in the giveaway Sherri! x
WOW! What a beautiful transformation. I love the color and the Amber Gemstone Mousse really looks great with the blue colors.
Mary Ann Forster says
I love the Amber Gemstone Mousse over this color. It is absolutely gorgeous!!
I love it too! Thanks Mary Ann! XO
Nikki Downum says
I love all the detail, the amber mousse is SO pretty!
Thanks Nikki! XO
What an amazing job!😊 Loving the blue!
Hi Kaila and thank you!
Wow! So exquisite!! 😊
Thanks so much Julia! XOXO
I love your work!!! This piece is beautiful!
I love what you did with the broken trim and replacing it with the wood u bend. the color contrast is perfect and it looks absolutely amazing!
CRAZY BEAUTIFUL!!! Umber Gemstone mousse is such an amazing product. You did a great job on this piece!
Thanks, Teri! I have all four gemstone colors and can’t wait to try them ALL!
You always find a way to amaze us😊. Happy Birthday!
Elizabeth Kraemer says
Always happy to find your email in my I box! Full of inspiration and helpful tips. And yet another beautiful piece! Thank you
Thanks so much Elizabeth! XOXO
N. MacGregor says
Another amazing piece. Love the 2 tone paint affect – truly unique. Don’t know how you constantly could up with new ideas for all the pieces you complete, however, I really enjoy reading about all your projects for ideas.
Thanks so much! And I’m happy you are enjoying all the tutorials! x
Oh wow! I’ve only ever done a wash with white. I absolutely love how the antebellum mellows out the navy and adds so much depth!! And I absolutely LOVE the gemstone mousse!! Amazing as always!!
Kathleen M says
Happiest Birthday Wishes to you! This piece is absolutely stunning, you have an amazing gift for creating beautiful color combinations and seeing the gem hidden underneath a beat up exterior.
Thank you Kathleen! 🙂
So pretty. I love every shade of blue and this is gorgeous.
Patti Lane says
Absolutely beautiful. I learn so much from these posts.
Sharon H says
Denise, I can see your hands all over this. It just looks so YOU! Turned out so pretty and it does kinda look velvety! Makes you want to touch it to be sure. Thanks for sharing, and thank you for the opportunity to win! Happy, HAPPY Birthday, but I can’t believe you are 52.
I can’t believe I’m 52 either!🤣 Thank you SO much Sharon and good luck in the giveaway! XOXO
Babette Thurston says
The antebellum paint is stunning! I’m looking for something now that I can paint in that color! The gold is also so rich and gorgeous! I love it all!! 🥰🥰🥰🥰
Thanks Babette! x