Monday, August 4, 2014

More Antique White Furniture

I really do love playing with color, mixing colors, layering colors, and just generally experimenting!  But for some reason, Antique White has been occupying my color palette these days.  This lovely 3 piece set from National Mt Airy, late 1950s era, was decidedly going to be soft whites...especially when the tops stripped so beautifully.





For this set, I tried a few new things....The stain on the tops is General Finishes Brown Mahogany.  It is a beautiful warm brown...not as dark as Minwax Dark Walnut and definitely not as dark at General Finishes Java Gel.  


I'm really enjoying their stains and will do another post at a later time about using them, and the pros & cons of their gel stains.  I finished the top with 4 coats of their High Performance Satin Poly.  The satin provides a soft sheen...not a glossy finish.



The pieces received a very light coat of Van Dyke glaze...which I've found a little tricky to use.  I put the flat high performance poly on the base, lightly sanded, applied another coat of poly, lightly sanded and then the glaze.  With a damp cloth in one hand, and a small artist's brush in the other, I applied the glaze, and then immediately wiped it off....allowing it to settle into the grooved areas.


The structure of the drawers was interesting in that there appeared to be 12 drawers, when in reality there were only 8 drawers.  All of the pieces had the original hardware.


If you are a regular follower, you know I have an obsession about the interiors of drawers...and these were no different.  They cleaned up beautifully....





A very lovely woman saw the dresser posted on my Facebook Page and decided the three pieces needed to come live with her!  :)  That always warms my heart!


As I write this post, all of my lovely blue hydrangeas have begun to turn brown....so sad to know summer is winding down.  But for now, I'm thankful for every day that is not freezing, sleeting and snowing!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Robin

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17 comments:

  1. An amazing transformation! You did an incredible job.

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    1. Thank you, Susan @Sunflowerhugs! That's what we'll be needing coming the next few months...lots of Sunflower Hugs! :)

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  2. What a gorgeous set and I love how you used the glaze. I also find the gel stains to have their pros and cons. Beautiful as always!

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    1. Ah...the glaze...it's worn on my nerves on more than one occasion! :) But not one to give up and always persevere!

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  3. White is a recurring colour with me too, but irregardless, this French Provincial set was meant to be White! Pretty hydrangeas!

    Mary @ Orphans With Makeup

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    1. Thanks, Mary! I just finished the matching vanity/desk...in white! It is a beautiful combination, but I'm ready to move onto something different....so my next project has 4 colors in it! :)

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  4. So pretty.....love everything you do!

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    1. Thank you, Sue! It's been fun following you on FB and seeing your latest finds! :)

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  5. You always have the most amazing pieces!!!

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    1. It takes a lot of patience and hunting to find them....and missing out on some...but it's worth the wait! :)

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  6. Beautiful! What did you use on the hardware? It looks great.

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    1. The hardware is the original patina...

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  7. What a beautiful set. I love the dark wood top and creamy white drawers, such a lovely combination.

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  8. The set turned out gorgeous, love the new look!

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  9. Really beautiful Robin! And I've never seen drawers quite like that before!

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