Sunday, August 4, 2013

Buttermilk Waterfall Dresser

I found this waterfall dresser on the side of the road when I was out garage sale-ing a few weeks ago.
The drawers had that amazing veneer and I didn't want to paint over it.  I sanded them with 150 grit to get the old varnish off and smoothed them out with 220.

I then painted the body of the dresser with two coats of Safe Paint (milk paint for walls) from The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co.  Because it is meant for walls, it will not chip and does not need a bonding agent added.

After I distressed the paint I used my AS Dark Wax that I mixed with paint thinner to make it a glaze consistency.  I used it all over the paint as well as the drawers.
It gives that aged look to the paint, especially light colors.  The veneer on the drawers was already great colors that the dark wax just enhanced the beauty.
I even painted and dark waxed the handles.

This is my first time painting only the body and leaving the drawers wood tone.  I am very happy with the way it turned out. You couldn't go wrong with that veneer!

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  1. My grandmother used to have a dresser like this! I like how you finished it! It's beautiful!

    Wishing you a lovely day.

  2. What a gorgeous transformation! I love all the different wood stains. It reminds me of mid century modern style. :)

    Thanks for stopping by Could you add a link to your Google+ profile to your blog so that it's easier to find?

  3. Now the dresser has some real personality, can't be ignored. Nice job. I've been doing that kind of work for almost 40 years, everyone thought I was crazy.

  4. lovely! I wish A.) that I could find stuff like that sitting at the curb around here or B.) that I lived near you and could tag along on your excursions ;) JT

  5. Looks great. You were meant to find it and bring it back to life.

  6. It is beautiful! Great work!

  7. Beautiful job!!!
    Now I feel sick because I had one very very similar and I painted the whole thing :(

  8. Really looks great and I love that you didn't mess with that gorgeous veneer on the drawers! My son loves waterfall pieces and just picked up a couple in Virginia. He was both delighted and surprised that neither needed to be re-finished in any way. I have seen waterfall pieces that were painted that I really didn't like. I love yours!

  9. Beautiful job Susan. You had me at "Buttermilk"! :) The drawers are gorgeous and very unique.

  10. Beautiful job! I'd love for you to link up to The DIY'ers!

  11. Gorgeous transformation. It looks wonderful Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  12. This is a cool dresser - What a great find! I have never even heard of Safe Paint! I might need to try this out. It looks amazing! I saw your link over at Kammy's Corner and wanted to personally invite you to my very first linky party that I am hosting - Tute's Tuesdays at This is my first time hosting so advice would be greatly appreciated! I hope to see you at the party! ;) And, again, the dresser is super cool!

  13. Great Job Susan! Never knew you could mix wax with paint thinner to achieve that look, love it! Pinning to my paint board, stopped by via Your Gonna Love It Tuesday, following via bloglovin and google.

  14. This looks amazing!! I love that you kept some of it in its original state! I try to do that when I can.

  15. It looks great! I can't believe how much better the drawer fronts look. Visiting from the Dream to Reality hop!


  16. hi Suzan
    the veneer looks much better toned down and i love the paint job with the milk paint
    have a lovely weekend and thanks for linking to my Paint Parade

  17. So pretty! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  18. This is so pretty! I'm glad you didn't paint it all! I love the wood!

  19. Some things just are not meant to be painted. I love that you left the drawers. It looks great! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!


  20. Beautiful transformation!! =) Thanks for linking up with us at the Pinterest Power Party!


  21. I just LOVE THIS!! I am going to feature you at my Paint Party this Thursday!! Thank you for linking up

  22. I love how you left the drawers so you can still see the multi-colored wood, really a nice look! You are so creative Brooke!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday ....

  23. Susan...I am on vacation with my niece Brooke who is being chatty-chatty and keeping us in stitches...wrote her name in comment instead of yours, LOL...sorry sweet friend!

  24. Thanks again for stopping by DIY Vintage Chic’s Friday’s Five Features!

  25. Gorgeous! I love the wood tone with the paint!

  26. Really, really nice! Fantastic job.


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