Refinished Antique Waterfall Dresser and Desk

July 04, 2017 1 Comment

Refinished Antique Waterfall Dresser and Desk

My mother-in-law scored me two dilapidated furniture pieces for FREE.  These two were in pretty rough shape and needed quite a bit of work, more work than I usually like to do on pieces I flip.  If you've painted and sold furntiure for any length of time, you've probably run into waterfall style pieces from the 1940s.

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I've painted a few waterfall pieces in white but they don't sell well so I tried painting them a darker color. Of course there was ONE antique piece of hardware missing on the chest of drawers but the desk had all of the antique hardware present (win)!

I prefer some stained wood on a piece when possible so I sanded down the tops and the drawer faces with my orbital sander and stained them using our Cappucinno wood stain.

You can see in the picture above that the wood was so dry, it soaked the stain oil right up.

Here is a live video of my sanding down the veneer.

  I love this stain oil because it treats the dry wood and provides a rich, deep color.

I painted the shell of the frame in Coal Black, an absolute jet black that offsets the rich wood stain.

 I had to rush to find replacement hardware for the chest of drawers.  Thankfully Home Depot had some that fit and ended up looking good.

I really like how these two turned out.

I always love having a bit of a change of pace from light/cream pieces.  These two beauties are for sale in our booth at Lighthouse Antique Mall.

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Monica
Monica

December 01, 2017

I love what you did! The black with the wood looks so rich. I just purchased 2 Waterfall pieces. I wasn’t sure what to do. But now I know! Thanks!

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