Rescued and Reloved Depression Era Chest of Drawers

By Becky Herrmann, Owner at For Love of the Paint in Round Rock, TX.

This sweet Depression Era chest of drawers was almost sent to the landfill: it had been passed over at an estate sale, and was rescued by a family member that knew a refinisher could find it a new lease on life! This piece took a little patience, and a lot of elbow grease, but she is absolutely stunning and oh-so-happy in her new space!

We added putty to fill any major nicks and gouges, and pulled off the broken (and partially missing) swag trim. After an all over sanding, we replaced the trim with a resin rosette detail that we glued and nailed into place.

Once the dresser was all prepped, it was totally transformed with Milk Paint in Basil - we painted on two coats (which always go on super smooth!), then distressed back at high points and edges before sealing with High Performance Top Coat in Flat. The floral trim detail was painted with a blend of Basil and Snow White milk paints for dimensionality. We then painted on Winter White glaze effects and wiped off excess immediately like an antiquing wash. Once this was dry, we then dry brushed the Winter White glaze effect over the entire surface before applying more High Performance Top Coat.

Much of the hardware was broken or missing, so we replaced it with chic crystal knobs - just like Cinderella's glass slippers! Except at midnight, this beauty remains transformed!



Products Used

  • GF Basil Milk Paint
  • GF Snow White Milk Paint
  • GF Winter White Glaze Effects
  • High Performance Topcoat in Flat

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