Reimagined vintage and antique furniture.

Empire Style Commode

It’s worth waking before sunrise when you find treasures like this at the flea market.

Read to see how this diamond in the rough turned into this beauty!

front view

And here’s the before picture:


I was drawn to the style of this commode…the curved top drawer…the original antique hardware.

It’s so hard to play it cool and keep a poker face when asking the dealer for the price!!  I said “sold!” so fast, I bet he thought he could have asked more!!!

So I brought it home and began updating it.  To begin, I sanded, stained, and sealed the top and inside the drawers with oil-base polyurethane.  The way to get the smooth as butter finish is to go the extra step.  That includes lightly sanding the top of the piece in between the first and second coat of poly with extra fine sandpaper…I mean very fine sandpaper, 220 grit.


Removing all of the old poly and stain brings out the beautiful detail in the wood.

Then it’s onto my favorite part…the body of the piece.  I lightly sanded it and then painted it with, possibly my favorite Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint color, bergere. It’s this classic, blue-gray color and it’s absolutely wonderful!!!

My favorite thing about milk paint, is the chippy look it creates.  To seal the piece, a natural wax was applied to the piece first.  To add that extra detail, a little antiquing wax was applied to create that aged appearance.

And here it is…

front view

A little extra sanding and the piece really pops!

close up

I love the contrast between the milk paint and the original wood.  It’s so lovely!!!

This piece measurements: width 36″, depth 19.5″, and height 33″.

Interested?  Come and check it out at my open house on Saturday, September 17th!

See you soon,