I have been inspired by the makeover projects on many of your blogs so I decided to try to restore the beauty to this bedroom suit, beginning with the dresser.
This dresser was my grandmother's and will be my daughter's when it is finished. It is (by our guesstimate) from the 1920s. My parents had a house fire 15 years ago and this has been sitting in their barn ever since. It was not damaged by the actual flames of the fire but water and heat caused warping damage and some of the adhesives to lose their stickiness. The layer of soot looked intimidating but came off with water and TSP.
Isn't this dresser beautiful?
I can't believe all the ornate detail. Every drawer designed differently and all the extra fancies make it spectacular.
I especially like the little box on the top. I wonder what my grandma used to hide in there? I can't wait to see what Kiersten will do with this space.
After getting the dresser cleaned up, we took it apart to prepare for the makeover. We sanded all the varnish, shellac, and stain off the top and were AMAZED when this beautiful wood grain was revealed.
It has just a little danish oil on it to bring out the color of the wood and for protection.
The trim along the top is poplar. That is why it is somewhat green and lighter brown. I am thrilled though. I think it totally adds to the character of the piece.
OK, that's all the sneak peeks for now. Next Monday night I'll reveal the completed project. It's gonna be GOOD!!!
I'm linking up to some or all of this great linky parties:
Home Stories a to z
We Are That Family
The Thrifty Home
Wicked Awesome Wednesday
Beyond the Picket Fence
The Shabby Chic Cottage
House of Hepworths
Just a Girl
The Frugal Girls