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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The Wheaton Dresser....farmhouse chic, rustic and elegant. I picked this up from an older couple that is moving. The entire piece inside and out had been painted, very thickly, in a warm wheat beige and given "new" royal blue ceramic knobs. I thinking this unfortunate transformation happened about 30 years ago, at least. The dresser is solid, but very simple; no fancy trim, etc., but I love this style, with the delicate legs and great wide drawers. I decided to heavily distress it and was able to reveal a lot of spots of gray primer, and warm wood. It was looking better. I painted the drawer fronts a medium gray, along with the feet, and then decided to distress those as well to blend it all together. I still was not entirely happy; it was just not quite there yet. So, I decided to follow my heart and damask the top and drawer fronts. I love this technique! I used a metallic silver and an old damask curtain panel. This bureau actually shimmers in the sunlight now. The front is very subtle tone on tone, and the top where I sprayed the metallic over the distressed wheat color is amazing. I coated the entire piece in wipe on poly, added new knobs: vintage on top, and brand new on the bottom drawers. Its complete! It's equal parts rustic and elegant, and definitely one of a kind. :)
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