A couple of days ago, on one of my early morning scouting expeditions to Goodwill, I happened upon this Henry Link French Provincial dresser. I was almost afraid to look at the price tag. It was all I could do to keep from letting out a loud and long “Woo hoo!!” I quietly paid $30.00 for this prize and hauled it home before anybody could up the price.
When I got home I found a similar one for sale on Etsy for $449.00 without the mirror. It absolutely pays to keep your eyes open. Such a find!
I couldn’t wait to get started on this beauty.
I sanded it first – not to take the entire finish off, but just enough to scuff up the finish and give the new paint something to cling to. After a quick sanding with my orbital sander, I used a tack cloth to remove all the dust. (There is nothing worse than to find bits of dust embedded in your lovely paint job!)
I removed the mirror as well as the drawers and did the work on them in a separate corner of my garage.
Using a gorgeous gray called “Mineral” by Waverly, (available at Amazon,) I put two coats on the body and legs of the goodwill dresser. While it was drying I coated the drawers (after removing the handles, of course,) with Kilz Chalk Paint in white. (Also at Amazon.) I used the same white to coat the handles.
I’d never painted handles white before this, but it just seemed like the thing to do. Once they were dry, I used a poly acrylic to seal and protect them. They are very dainty and intricate, so I was afraid they might chip with use. I have to admit, I think they are spectacular. Not only do they NOT steal the show, but they also stand out in their own subtle way. It’s a very classy look. I’m anxious to hear what you think.
This project was a very rewarding one. I now have a wonderful and quite valuable piece of history with an understated, but thoroughly captivating new makeover. For $30.00 plus the cost of paint, I think it is an outstanding example of how haunting second-hand-stores can reward you.
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