Monday, October 20, 2014

An Antique Indigo Dresser

Can you tell I'm having a ball mixing all these custom colors? So much fun! This deep indigo was inspired by a jacket I saw on twitter, of all things. I wanted something saturated and a little moody, and couldn't have been happier with the result. The antique classical dresser was in excellent condition, so I could fully concentrate on the surfaces and top. I added the pine top, stained an English Chestnut and sealed, and sanded the entire case before painting it with four coats (it took a lot to go from white to deep blue), distressed, and finished with a dark wax. Before and afters below!




  1. That is amazing! Love the color you mixed.

  2. Love this table transformation. This blue color combined with the brown is just lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Anonymous10/24/2014

    I'm curious as to why you wouldn't strip the top, and instead add the pine planking? Interesting choice. :)

    1. Excellent question! The white was an oil based paint that had been on there for a while- probably about 60 years. It was painted directly onto the unprepped mahogany veneer top, which already had a bit of damage to it. Where solid wood pieces are relatively forgiving with paint going on, paint coming off, veneer is a much more delicate procedure as you only have about 1/8 of an inch to work with. This does mean that veneer can't be sanded with spectacular results, but this top was sadly not a candidate. Also, the pine top softens the formality of the Empire aesthetic, giving it a more rugged, rustic feel, which my clientele like, as most of these pieces end up in 18th and 19th century farm houses. Hope this answers your question! I appreciate the interest! :-)

    2. Anonymous10/24/2014

      Coo!! I appreciate the clarification! :)

  4. Beautiful. I love the color you chose and the wood top!

    Kelsey @ the Vintage Storehouse & Co.

    PS- Would love to have you share & link up at ReLoved Fridays! The link party is open until Monday!