You may remember the Estate Sale that I went to 4 times...yes, I need help - but that's a story for another story...I finally got around to working on one of the doll dressers that I picked up on my first visit. Do you remember? Here they are as I found them:
I decided to start with the one on the right since I wasn't really sure where I was going with this project. The first thing I did was remove the screws holding the decorative molding on the top.
The painted surface wasn't smooth at all:
A little Citristrip took care of that!
The knobs on the drawers were pounded into the drawer fronts. This was a first for me.
They got the Citristrip treatment too!
The original plan was to stain the top but when I got a good look at the wood, I decided against it.
So a plan finally came together. The body of the dresser would be paint and the drawers and that decorative piece would be stained.
I painted the knobs with antique gold.
The drawers and decorative piece were stained in Dark Walnut.
The screw holes were partially filled with wood filler and those ends were painted black. No matter what they say, I've never been able to get wood filler to take stain well.
My apologies for not taking pictures of how I reattached this piece, but let me tell you what I did. I cut two small pieces from a wooden skewer and glued them into the holes left in the top of the dresser. If you refer back to the picture where I removed it, you'll see what I mean. After running a bead of wood glue on the bottom of the decorative piece, I put some glue in the screw holes that were still left in the bottom of it. The top of the skewers slid into those holes and I used painter's tape to hold the piece in place on top of the dresser while the glue dried. I hope that makes sense!
The entire dresser was given two coats of polycrylic to seal and protect it.
Do you see that dark dot above the knob of the bottom drawer? I tried to get rid of it and nothing worked, so, as you've heard me say before, "These are the things that give old furniture character!"
It needed a purpose and if you're wondering what's inside, remember all that costume jewelry I found at another Estate Sale?
One dresser done, but there's still the other one with the mirror. I can't decide if it should be a match or if it needs to be redone with bright colors....or decoupage...or a painted design....any thoughts? Help a gal out - I'd love to hear your suggestions!