they call me mellow yellow

Good day my vintage loving friends.  I’ve got a before and after: furniture edition in store for you.  Let’s get to it, shall we?

This antique dresser started out brown, scratched, dinged and dated but in good shape otherwise.

I really liked all of the details she had to offer like the curvy legs, casters, ornate front and top.

I quickly had a vision for bringing this old girl back to life. I got to work sanding the top down.  Then applied one coat of Miniwax ebony stain to just the top of the dresser.  Followed up with wax and then buffed.

I painted the rest of the dresser with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in 2 coats of Arles.

Then clear waxed and followed up with dark wax to give the look of warm, aged wood. The dark wax was applied thicker around the edges to add some depth.  I purposely left the drawers a little bit lighter by using the dark wax sparingly there.  Working with the dark wax can be tricky and takes getting used to.  A little bit goes a long way.

The wooden casters are definitely my favorite part…

And finally I put the same hardware back on because I liked the dark contrast on the yellow drawers.

She’s ready for a new home, don’t you think?

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5 thoughts on “they call me mellow yellow

  1. hey Dana,

    Trolling the internet for inspiration for a dresser restyle and came across your gorgeous Arles piece. I Love It!!!! I am an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ stockist in Warrenton, Va and I am so glad to see people using this beautiful color. Did you know that Arles is named for the town in France where the cliffs are actually that color…how spectacular a view that must be.

    I will painting my dresser like yours, but instead of stripping the top, I will paint it in Graphite to get the same effect…yup, I’m too lazy to strip. I do love the look of the darker top…well done!!

    Keep up the beautiful work.

    Janet xox
    The Empty Nest

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