Thursday, May 3, 2012

Amber Stained Antique Dresser

This dresser was the perfect Craigslist score.

Priced just right.

The family lived just down the street, so I didn't get lost on the way there. 

And it had amazing potential. 

The stain on the dresser was overall in pretty good condition, but it had to potential to GLOW.

The main problems were water marks, a few scratches, and the along the drawers some spots were worn completely through.

Since most of the dresser was in decent shape I turned to one of my favorite products.


I LOVE this stuff.

Danish Oil is tung or linseed oil mixed with stain so it penetrates, stains, and seals all at the same time. 

The main reason I love Danish Oil is because if it gets on the wood that isn't in need of refinishing, it simply conditions it, and doesn't mess with the existing stain. 

It just refreshes it. 

Here are some before pictures of areas that were scratched and rubbed raw.


And here's the after.





Don't the sutbby little mid-century legs add just the right amount of quirkiness? 

The side panels where in almost perfect condition when I picked the dresser up; and when I saw them I knew I couldn't paint over the beauty that was there. 




To me it kind of looks like amber. :)

For more info look in The Shop at the top of the page. 






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34 comments:

  1. by now you know i am sure that i love quirky. quirky loves quirky. and i love this dresser, especially for the quirk factor.

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  2. You always know when to paint and when to stain. It's perfection!

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  3. So glad you decided not to paint it! It's lovely.

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  4. That is stunning. I can't believe you bought it from the neighbor. Too funny. The only thing better than that is finding it on the neighbor's curb with a free sign on. Amazing job - must find that product :o)

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  5. Love it!!! It is refreshing to see it not painted, and Lord knows I love me some painted furniture ;-)

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  6. It's beautiful! Yes, I think this piece was meant not to be painted. You did a gorgeous job.

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  7. I don't say this very often, but I'm glad you didn't paint this one. But you did work your magic and bring out her inner beauty!

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  8. Beautiful piece! I have a few pieces that I don't want to paint but could use some refreshing. I'll have to try the Danish oil.

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  9. really? you tell me NOW that laverne is a train wreck? i have stained furniture envy this time.

    and, yes, the squat legs add some funk to the empire! another piece that proves you have a brilliant eye for design!

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  10. I love the rich and warm colour you gave it.

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  11. Wow. Gorge! I have never heard of this product. So glad you shared your secret and linked it up to Motivated Monday this week. Have a great week.
    pam

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  12. You chose well. The finish looks fantastic. And the little legs ARE something else! I hope you enjoy it. It's a keeper! I found you at Swing into Spring. I hope you'll stop by and visit me at Quirky Vistas sometime when you have a chance!

    Liz

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  13. oooh so pretty! yes, i love the legs! and the green vases on top compliment the dresser's color so well. great job!

    i have a creativity party going on right now on my blog and i'd love it if you would link this or any other creative project you have: http://letbirdzfly.blogspot.com/2012/05/exodus-35-creativity-party-29.html

    thanks so much for sharing!

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  14. Wow, I would really enjoy having that in my house. I'd love for you to add it on my link party at: http://printabelle.com/?p=3188 Thanks!

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  15. What a gorgeous piece. You did a wonderful job. I'll have to look into that Watco Danish Oil.

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  16. Beautiful job! My first instinct is always to paint furniture white, so it's nice to see how well your dresser turned out with a new coat of oil!

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  17. Julia...its just beautiful. Hope you are doing great.
    xo...mONICa

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  18. What a beautiful old piece. And I didn't know about the Danish oil. Thank you so much for linking up to Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  19. Just discovered your blog, and wanted to tell you how refreshing it is to find omeone who truly appreciates the beauty of wood, and only enhances instead of painting over it!!

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  27. Did you sand it before?
    Thank you
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  28. This is a lovely dresser and it turn ed out great! I've never used the Danish Oil product but it certainly looks like a good one. My biggest staining project was an entire kitchen years ago; boy, was I glad to get that done! I love your dresser! :)
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