Funkified Harmony House Dresser

By Daylily Custom Design, Owner/Designer in Hinton, IA.

Winning Category

Have you ever caughten a glimpse of a piece of furniture - a buffet, a cabinet, a dresser - and instantly knew it was a special piece?  That's how this dresser hit me.  Just a glimpse at the lines through the dim picture on Facebook told me it was a Harmony House dresser, made of walnut.  I knew at that point - it HAD to be mine.  It was on a bidding group on Facebook and I fought HARD for it...and won.

After I brought home this amazing 9 drawer, walnut dresser, I went right to work stripping the wall paint (and white primer I found underneath) off.  My hope was to restore it completely - all walnut wood with a rub of Danish oil.  The previous owners, however, had made other plans for me.  At some point in its life, someone had gotten a little too excited with a sander and burned through the veneer in several spots on the cabinet, and two spots on the front facing drawers.  I was devistated.  I couldn't bare to cover the entire piece of gorgeous walnut wood up with paint.  So, I put the drawers back into the dresser and put it off to the side while I worked on other pieces.  All the while, Miss Harmony House mocked me from the corner of the room.  

One day while doing one of my favorite activites, scrolling through Pinterest, I came across an inverted striped dresser, done in navy and wood.  It was done in a rustic fashion, but it gave me an idea.  The two burn spots on the drawers were on one side.  Maybe I could cover the past mistakes and still maintain some of the original character of the piece?  It was worth a shot!  

I wanted to keep the piece light, to highlight the dark walnut.  After treating the exposed wood areas with natural Danish oil and letting it dry for a week, I chose Antique White Milk Paint by General Finishes to paint the case and the inverted stripe on the front.  I let that dry for another week to ensure the oil was completely dried and applied 2 coats of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Satin.  The inverted stripe not only hid the imperfections but it brought to life a new character in this Harmony House dresser!


Products Used

  • General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint
  • General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Satin
  • Watco Danish Oil in Natural

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