Antique Bow Front Dresser with a Stylish New Look

By John Suteu, Owner at Splendid Seconds in Apex, NC.

This beautiful bow front dresser was a basement find, and if I didn't rescue this piece it would be left to rot or end up in the furniture graveyard (The Dump). After a good cleaning, removing the existing hardware, and carefully sanding the dresser I knew this piece needed a new stylish look, so I started with applying 3 coats of General Finishes Georgian Cherry Gel Stain to the top, sides, drawer fronts and mirror frame. Next I used General Finishes Black Gel Stain and applied 3 coats to the frame, and finished it all off with spraying 3 coats of GF High Performance Satin Clear. I spent many hours cleaning the brass hardware to make them all sparkle before reinstalling, and it shows in the beauty of this piece. 



Project Category

Upcycling Merit CategoriesJava Jive

Products Used

  • General Finishes Georgian Cherry Gel Stain
  • General Finishes Black Gel Stain
  • General Finishes High Performance Clear - Satin