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Refinished Dresser with Waterfall Mirror

Refinished Vintage Dresser with Mirror


I was excited when I found this vintage dresser with mirror at an estate sale. I was instantly drawn to the shape of the mirror.

I currently can not find my before pictures for this dresser.  I will post a picture when I located one.

You should have seen the staircase I had to carry this dresser down. I swear by the slope and depth of the stairs, people 200 years ago were mountain climbers with very short feet. I’m happy to report that both the dresser and I survived the descent in one piece.


Here is an after picture of the dresser with mirror…

dresser with waterfall mirror

Here is how I refinished this dresser…

First the dresser was cleaned by wiping it down and vacuuming it out. I was fortunate that this dresser was very clean when I bought it.

As with all my projects, the inside and outside of the dresser drawers were lightly sanded, stained, and sealed with poly. I take pride that all my pieces are clean and ready to use immediately when you bring them home.

To refinish the dresser it was lightly sanded using the palm sander.  Before priming, the excess dust was removed using a tack cloth.  Then, the dresser was primed with a dark (Sherwin Williams) primer.  The dark primer is used so that when it is eventually distressed, it looks aged rather than new bright white primer.

Next, the dresser is painted with two coats of blue Sherwin Williams paint. Once the paint thoroughly dries, it is ready to be distressed.  The entire dresser was sanded using medium-grade sandpaper and then I finished sanding with fine-grade sandpaper.

To achieve a more aged appearance, I covered the dresser using a tinted color wax. To seal and protect the finish on the dresser, two coats of clear wax were applied. Note: Before applying the tinted wax, apply a layer of clear wax first, then the tinted wax over it. This way you have the ability to wipe of excess tinted wax. Tinted wax will not wipe off of painted surfaces, therefore, you lose the ability to control the amount of wax or depth of color.

The same routine was used when completing the frame of the mirror. I did remove the mirror from the frame before working on the it.  This way when the wax was applied, I didn’t have clumps of excess wax on the side where the mirror meets the frame.

Here are some after pictures…








This refinished vintage dresser with mirror has been SOLD.

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