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Classic makeover for a vintage dresser

Monday, May 23rd, 2011
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vintage chest painted and toned for an aged affect petticoat junktion


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Hi guys!  This vintage dresser was just crying out for a little love.

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I took the hardware off and scrubbed the chest with Simple Green cleaner.  I gave it two coats of Caromal Colours Peppercorn basecoat paint. I don’t use Caromal Colours products exclusively but they are easy to use and produce a great finish, especially if you want the piece to look aged.

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I always try to paint more than one item at a time.  I had these mirrors on hand and I thought they would look great with a touch of the Peppercorn color also.

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After the paint dried, which only takes two to three hours, I took my trusty sander to the chest and distressed it pretty good. The white crazing or scrubbed look from the sanding  is covered when I use the Caromal Colours Toner.

update 3/2/2014 Many of you encountered problems when trying to order the Toner from the Caromal Colours website so I am now selling the toner on  Etsy. Just click the photo below.


order caromal colours toner for antiquing furniture

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The toner also gives the freshly sanded raw wood an aged look. I used Howards Paste Wax in Oak to give it a deeper richer color and sheen.  The Howards is also a good aging product but it tends to wash off over time whereas the toner want.

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The finished frame and mirrors with the chest.


I finished the chest Friday morning and Friday afternoon it was on display at This Old Place Antiques in Clarksville. On Saturday a lovely lady from Starkville,  Mississippi took it home.
Thanks guys that’s a wrap,

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9 Responses

  1. Twice Nice says:

    Beautiful finish! I've never heard of those products. i'll have to check them out.

  2. Nice job ! I like how it turned out !

  3. leah mari says:

    That is a nice piece!! Great redo

  4. alice says:

    Love it! The finish is really great. Found you from MMS.
    Smiles, Alice

  5. alice says:

    Great job. Love the finish. Found you from MMS.
    Smiles, Alice

  6. Beautiful! I've never heard of this paint but will definitely check it out. You did some great work here…so tell your son he might as well get over it. ; )
    That's what I tell mine!

  7. Debbie says:

    Never heard of this paint or toner..thanks for sharing! I have to check this out. You have a beautiful touch:)

  8. Jamie says:

    Looks amazing what a great job! Haven’t been keen on the darker colours but this may have convinced me!!

  9. justranda says: least a fellow MS gal got it …but I sure wanted it! I came to see if it was available. I need to make a trip to your shop soon.