Antique 2-over-2 curved dresser – Before & After

Things in the shop have been very busy getting to an exciting deadline of meeting a new homeowner just after closing to help bring her vision to life for this new space in Blue Hill.  We have been collaborating for weeks and will be making 3 separate deliveries to outfit this family retreat and rental property with refinished pieces as well as customizing some built-ins and shelving to maximize the functionality of the new space.  Expect more to come on seeing how this bright, cheerful space comes to life over the next few months.

I saw this dresser on a local buy/sell group and before I could do anything, I was writing to claim it.  I love the curved details and the functionality of the size.  I picked it up to find a gorgeous solid wood antique that had been refinished multiple times with the most recent, many coats of cream colored paint with a brown glaze effect to look similar to woodgrain.  It looks like wood from a photo, but up close, its just watery-looking brown paint. Yikes.


I restored the drawers to natural grain and stained in Early American and highlighted their beauty with a French Linen gray Annie Sloan Chalk paint job, hand waxed with 3 coats of soft wax, buffed to a shine for a durable finish for this home.  The drawer interiors received an Old White Annie Sloan Chalk paint job finished with poly for durability.  I LOVE it and so did the owner!

See the progression of removing all of the previous finishes.  It was worth it to reveal this pieces original beauty.





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