Well i have never stripped (furniture that is, you are not about to read an x-rated post) and sanded so much in my life! It would seem that who ever did this dresser before me finished it to last through the ages. And why not, with beauty like this you know you want the results to last... a life time.
yep that's a faux wood and crackle finish...
I have to say that pictures do not do this piece justice, it was WAY worse in person. One thing that I will say though is that I did like the 2 tone effect, with the drawers being a little different than the body of the dresser.
So in the end settled on this:
I wanted it to look a bit rustic and to have some wood grain peeking thorough the top and drawer fronts, so I painted them with milk paint in snow white and then wiped it back and then distressed it. The body of the dresser was done with homemade chalk paint and then distressed.
I picked up some cute owl knobs from anthropology for the top drawers. For the bottom I stripped the old wood knobs and painted them in the same chalk paint finish that I used on the body of the dresser.
I am so happy with this piece now, though my initial feeling was to have more wood grain showing through the milk paint.
Thanks for popping by.