Classic Black Antique Oak Lowboy Dresser

By Lori Riggs, LoneStaR Cottage, Papillion, NE, Owner at LoneStaR Cottage in Papillion, NE.

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Gorgeous 19-teens era antique oak lowboy dresser, hand painted in rich General Finishes Lamp Black and finished with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat. This dresser features 2 large drawers painted inside and out in a beautiful sea blue green color. The drawer sides are stenciled in General Finishes Lamp Black in a complementary pattern to the sides of the dresser.  The drawers are finished in the same General Finishes High Performance Top Coat inside and out. The inset panels on each side of the dresser feature a black stenciled burlap lining, sealed with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in flat. The inset panels were measured, and all different, so that the burlap could be cut to fit.  ModPodge glue was used to attach the burlap in the inset panel, but the top coat was used to seal it. 

The lowboy dresser sits on its original casters. While the brass bail pulls are new and are very much like the original pulls would have been in the 19-teens, they ironically match the original lock covers that came with the piece when we purchased it more than 30 years ago.

This dresser could be used as a flat screen TV/entertainment chest, to store table linens, bed linens or clothing.  A versatile furniture piece, it could be placed in a living room, family room or bedroom. 

Products Used

  • General Finishes Milk Paint Lamp Black
  • General Finishes High Performance Top Coat Flat Finish
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Provence (drawers)
  • Sand paper 120 and 800 grit
  • Stenciled Burlap Fabric
  • Brass Hardware
  • Stencil for the Drawer Sides

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