Sunday, February 8, 2015

Bow Front Mahogany Dresser---Before and After

I'm always up for a furniture transformation.  
This mahogany bow front dresser was very large.  It actually could be used as a buffet too. 
 The finish needed some love, but structurally it was a quality piece of furniture.   
I'll show you the after first.

Refreshed Mahogany Bow Front Dresser

Brace yourself for the BEFORE.  It's not pretty.

The top was even worse.

What a transformation!
Notice the carved detail, the fluting, and the original hardware.

Left  Side Detail

Scalloped Apron Base

I painted the base with General Finishes Coastal Blue. 
 I used Citristrip to remove the finish on the top.  I'd never used it before and 
I was very happy with how easily it stripped away the varnish and crud.  
I used Java Gel, also by General Finishes, to stain the top.
FYI, the owners of Sweet Clover sell the whole General Finishes line.  I love the product.

Stripped and Stained Top 

Of course I had to add some accessories to the dresser.  I draped a vintage fabric Kantha quilt over a paned window frame, placed a Santos in front of the textile, then filled a terrarium with some deconstructed books and a ceramic octopus.

Styled Dresser

Octopus on Deconstructed Books

Ceramic Octopus

Santos and Kantha Quilt Made From Vintage Fabric

Dresser and all accessories will be for sale at our next Sweet Clover  barn sale, February 20-22.
See you there.


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