Hi Everyone! I wanted to share another recent makeover.
This is a vintage Kent Coffey bureau. Like most of the pieces I choose, this one needed quite a bit of attention. However, with it’s solid wood construction, curved drawer fronts, and original hardware, I knew it was a great candidate for an update.
I started with a good cleaning inside and out as this piece looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in about 50 years. When vacuuming out the interior of the dresser, I found these:
Given that the current price of admission to Disneyworld is $99, I’d say the bureau really hadn’t been cleaned in almost 50 years!
I decided to go with a pale gray on this piece and because I didn’t have any paint that particular shade, I mixed my own. I started with Country Chic Vanilla Frosting and added a little Pebble Beach at a time until I was happy with the color, a soft, creamy gray. The ratio ended up being approximately three parts Vanilla Frosting to one part Pebble Beach.
I painted the bureau in three coats of the gray mixture. And while Country Chic goes on very smoothly, I still sanded in between coats with fine grit sandpaper to give this piece an extra smooth finish. I also distressed all the edges with fine grit sandpaper, and then topped it with several coats of wax. A gentle buffing gave the piece a subtle sheen.
Shortly after I began this project I had a client reach out who was looking for a bureau. She loved the lines and color of this one and decided it would be a great fit in her daughter’s room. She did, however, want to replace the original brass hardware. My plan had been to clean the hardware up and put it back on the piece but could see why this particular hardware might not be for everyone. Instead, she asked for large glass knobs and I was happy to accommodate her. I will be using those brass pulls on another piece!
So that’s it! A smooth, soft gray finish and large glass knobs for this once very tired looking bureau. I love it when s piece that looks like it’s destined for the landfill can be transformed into something that’s once again beautiful and useful!
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