Ok. Maybe “heirloom” is not a great choice of words, but “a piece of furniture you love that was handed down” seemed wordy.
Do you have a piece of furniture that is special to you but is tucked away in the basement?
As we were planning pieces for our cottage renovation, I remembered we had a small dresser in the basement that my husband’s uncle had made. I was excited to use this family piece. It has been handed down and at one point was in my daughter’s room but, it needed some re loving so it ended up in the basement.
It was dark and had many layers of poly and other different coatings. I’m not even sure what was on this piece. It was crackled and dark and glossy. I knew I wanted it red for the master bedroom and I knew Tricycle Red would be the colour.
Yes, I am aware that I have been posting a lot of red pieces lately. I can’t help it, the look suits our Nova Scotia cottage, I think I have a problem though and I was hesitant to post any more red painted things, but I’ve had people ask for more cottage updates, so what’s a girl to do?
I took the drawers off and the vintage glass mismatched knobs.
I was happy to discover the backboard of the dresser had some cool writing on it (back in the day they used whatever wood was around – kinda like I do now ha ha) this piece had been made with crates marked from my husbands home town of Glovertown NL. I always love finding little quirks like this on older pieces, this find made us all smile, I love that it has a Newfoundland connection in our Nova Scotia home.
It’s hard to see, but its there on the inside back board.
I gave the piece a quick scuff sand (total scuff sanding time was 3 mins – for reals) just to give it a little tooth and to loosen up any dirt. I then cleaned it really well. On this piece I used Dawn dish soap and then I wiped it with mineral spirits as I knew it had lots of pledge and other waxes on it.
Here’s the “during” excuse the mess, on this particular day, I was painting the dresser, a wooden whale, a lobster sign and a mirror oh and I was working on the plank wall behind you! (finished wall and how to post HERE)
2 coats on the dresser then a heavy sand to distress on the edges and a light sand smooth it out and it looked beautiful.
I top coated it with our Miss Mustard Seed’s 100% Pure Hemp Oil to protect the paint and added new matching glass knobs.
I think she looks so pretty and fits perfectly in this little alcove in our room. The photo above the dresser was taken by Mr FPM and is of fishermen gathering moss one quiet foggy morning just in front of our cottage. I love this photo and find it so serene. (we have prints for sale if you are interested, just email me)
I love how this family heirloom piece came out. Do you have any family pieces you just can’t part with? What colour would you paint them?
Thanks as always for popping in, I have a few more cottage post with some before/afters I will be posting. Thank you all for all the great emails and questions about the cottage. Leave me a comment, would love to know if you have any family pieces you would re-love!
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