Happy Thursday Fabulous Friends!! If you stopped by on Tuesday then you know that today I am sharing the reveal of the best thrift store find I’ve had in a long time.
I scored this gorgeous dressing table for a mere $30!!
Can I get a woohoo?? I actually thought I remembered it being $35, but then I looked at the tag again:
That Goodwill never has good furniture but when I saw this, I couldn’t pay for it fast enough. It could also be a writing desk, but the pretty curves make it a perfect place to sit and pretty yourself up in the morning!
It is very unique and beautiful, and I know everyone is probably hoping I didn’t take a paintbrush to it, however it was not without its woes.
Here is a closer look at what the top looked like before:
It was in terrible shape. The top is actually paper thin veneer. There are two seams on the top, one that runs vertically through the middle and one that runs horizontally through the middle, and it was puckered all along those seams. It also was starting to pop up here in the center…
I was unsure how to go about fixing the top. Do I remove the veneer and paint what’s underneath? Do I try to salvage the veneer? Is it thick enough to take a good sanding? I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I use.
Luckily I was able to squeeze some wood glue in there and fix that spot. Then I sanded the surface with my orbital sander hoping I wouldn’t mess it up by going too deep. I did take it down a bit too far on one side, but overall I was pleasantly surprised how well it did, and it smoothed the two seams right out!
Are you ready to see how it turned out?
Okay so I just could not cover up all of that beautiful wood even if it was veneer!
The drawers and top looked as though they had about 50 years of wax build-up on them, so I was so pleased that I was able to fix that and make them beautiful again.
The before felt very top-heavy to me, so I chose to paint the body to lighten it up.
I found a jar of Dixie Belle’s Buttercream in my paint cabinet, and I thought it would compliment the wood nicely:
I thought a more creamy color rather than a stark white was more appropriate for this piece. I sealed the painted areas with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax.
To finish the top surface and the drawers after sanding them, I used Minwax Wood Conditioner, applied with a soft cloth to prep the surfaces for stain. Then I gave them two coats of Minwax stain in Dark Walnut, sanding lightly between coats.
At first I sealed with Minwax Wipe-On Poly in satin which is what I normally use on wood surfaces to seal. However, after two coats the top looked blotchy…a combination of dull with weird shiny areas…see the weird shiny spots?
That must be where I didn’t sand quite enough. You can also see where I sanded a bit too far on that front corner.
To remedy the horrible mix of shiny and dull on the top, I decided to use Zinsser Clear Shellac that I normally use to seal in pieces to prevent bleed-through. I always forget that I can seal pieces with that as well!
Here is the difference on two of the drawers. The left is with the shellac, and it has a bit more shine but looks so much better!
And you can see it worked beautifully on the top of the dressing table as well:
I also love that you can see these little squares. I don’t know if they are part of the construction of this table or if they are patches in the veneer, but I think they are pretty cool…
There are still a few deep scratches in the veneer and the drawer fronts aren’t quite perfect, but they tell the story of this piece.
What about those pretty pulls? I love when I don’t have to buy new hardware!
I did touch them up a bit with Rub n Buff in Gold Leaf. You can see the difference here:
The one on the right is all shiny and new now.
These look like beautiful jewelry!
And did you get a peek at the insides of the drawers? I decided to paint the bottoms. I added stripes in this pretty Inglenook color from Fusion Mineral Paint:
I sealed the drawers with a this matte spray sealer.
I did a chair to go with it, but I already have too many photos so here’s a peek and I’ll share more of the chair in another post:
I actually bought this chair to go with our Halloween display this year, and it turned out to be a pretty good match for this dressing table! Another piece I couldn’t wait to show my Hubby haha…”See I told you I’d find a use for that chair after Halloween!”
Well I hope y’all are okay with me painting some of this pretty piece. I tried my best to preserve the pretty wood parts.
If you enjoyed this makeover, you’ll love this one too:
See how I saved this forgotten treasure HERE!
I hope y’all have a fantastic weekend! I’ll see you back here Tuesday with my Trash-to-Treasure girls sharing how I breathed new life into this sad dresser:
UPDATE: See how this piece looks now HERE! 😀
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