Faux Pottery-Barn-Black-Finish Dresser

Happy Hump Day!

Boy am I glad to have the windows open, a cool breeze drifting through the house, and ample sunshine all around. Spring seems to have finally embraced Maryland and my pasty white legs are shyly wearing shorts again (my poor neighbors!).

I wanted to share this fun curb-side find with you for a little inspiration on the “trash” you may find in your neighborhood before trash day, online, or even something you’re considering tossing to the side.

This tallboy dresser is SOLID and heavy. You can just ask Dean -because he’s over moving it around for me. -_-

This was definitely made late century, and still has plenty of life left to live. Take a look at the pretty uneventful before:

Besides a couple of the drawers needing work and the missing hardware, this peace was really in good shape! I simply sanded it down a bit, and painted two coats of General Finishes’ Lamp Black milk paint. I lightly distressed with a light-grain sand paper so the pretty wood grain would show through.

I followed the milk paint and distressing with a coat of black glaze…

And then three coats of General Finishes’ High Performance Top Coat to make sure everything will stay durable for years to come.

I think this would make the perfect dresser in a masculine bedroom, or even a rustic office. It has just a touch of grain showing through all over; I love the aged look it adds.

I found knobs that are a near-perfect match for the custom-sized pulls on the lower drawers. I literally couldn’t find pulls ANYWHERE that were these dimensions, so I decided the originals were just fine. 🙂

One man’s trash really is another’s treasure. This piece is currently available at my new studio in Gallery 3976; I’m looking forward to meeting the new owner and learning how it will find renewed purpose and another story at its new home.

Until next time,


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