{Before & After} The Emily Set – 1920’s Antique Dresser & Nightstand

I am just so excited to show you the before and after of this 1920’s Antique Dresser and Night Stand Set. Last week I sd with you a little bit of it’s history (or what I could find of it) and a tutorial on how I created the marbled paint look. I’m so excited to be able to bring it back to life so it can have another 100 years of history to tell.

The Emily Set {Before & After} by Vintage Storehouse & Co. #PaintedFurniture #PinkPaintedFurniture #AntiqueDresser #LittleGirlFurniture

Isn’t she gorgeous? She was in pretty rough shape when I picked her up. Definitely something that needed a bit of work. The nightstand was missing a chunk of the decorative curl at on the front, as well as the original hardware. Also the top was completely falling off. I actually tried for about 2 days to salvage and repair the veneer on the top so that I could stain it to match – but no luck. After I glued one piece of peeling veneer down, another would pop up until I finally gave up. 🙁

The Emily Set {Before & After} by Vintage Storehouse & Co. #PaintedFurniture #PinkPaintedFurniture #AntiqueDresser #LittleGirlFurniture

In addition to that, I had to strip and retain the veneer on the top of the dresser. The sides were missing chunks of veneer and buckling everywhere, so I stripped the veneer off the sides as well.

The Emily Set {Before & After} by Vintage Storehouse & Co. #PaintedFurniture #PinkPaintedFurniture #AntiqueDresser #LittleGirlFurniture

One thing that was so exciting to me was the hardware on this set. I’m assuming it was the original hardware because it was so unique and it had smaller sizes for the two upper drawers.

The Emily Set {Before & After} by Vintage Storehouse & Co. #PaintedFurniture #PinkPaintedFurniture #AntiqueDresser #LittleGirlFurniture

I went back and forth on whether or not I would paint them, and ultimately decided that painting them to match would create a more simple airy look to this set, which is what I was going for.

The Emily Set {Before & After} by Vintage Storehouse & Co. #PaintedFurniture #PinkPaintedFurniture #AntiqueDresser #LittleGirlFurniture

I also antiqued this set with Roasted Chestnut Antiquing Powder. This warmed up the colors a little bit and also brought out all the little details int he carvings.

Applying Roasted Chestnut Antiquing Powder by Vintage Storehouse & Co. #Tutorial #RoastedChestnut #AntiquingPowder

For those of you who are not familiar with Antiquing Powder – it’s an aging alternative to dark wax or glaze and it’s my new obsession! It comes in 9 colors and I use it on almost every piece of furniture I do now. Look at how it transforms a piece:

 Applying Roasted Chestnut Antiquing Powder by Vintage Storehouse & Co. #Tutorial #RoastedChestnut #AntiquingPowder

The first 1/4th of the photo is the piece without any powder, the second 1/4th of the photo is as I was applying the powder, before removing the excess. The last half is what the finished look was.

The Emily Set {Before & After} by Vintage Storehouse & Co. #PaintedFurniture #PinkPaintedFurniture #AntiqueDresser #LittleGirlFurniture

This is a close up on the replaced piece. You can barely see it if you look really closely – and that was mostly because I didn’t sand it well enough to smooth it out. (Plus the antiquing powder accentuated the line). Still so much better than having it just missing!

The Emily Set {Before & After} by Vintage Storehouse & Co. #PaintedFurniture #PinkPaintedFurniture #AntiqueDresser #LittleGirlFurniture

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  • Jan

    what is the color you used on this and what brand is the antiquing product you reference? I have a set similar to this that I’m considering painting and this is the color I’ve been looking at…a creamy, pale peachy hue. Thanks!

    • Kelsey Elaine

      Hi Jan,

      The colors are Jovial, Koral Kicks (main color) and Touching White all by Sherwin Williams. I used Vintage Storehouse Antiquing Powder in Roasted Chestnut for the antiquing.

  • Karen Duncan

    You did such a good job! I love the colors that you used.

  • amyd

    Lovely! I may have missed it somewhere, but what color did you use before the powder?

    • Kelsey Elaine

      I used a mix of 3 colors of pink. The darkest being Jovial by Sherwin Williams. The middle color (main color) is Koral Kicks and the lightest color is Touching White!

  • Karyn

    That is beautiful. I’m so happy that I found this because I am painting an old dresser that is beyond staining condition, but wanted to find a way to make it look old. Antiquing powder! Never heard of it-can’t wait to dabble! Thank you so much for the inspiration.

  • chris aka monkey

    this is so gorgeous i would love to have the set in my bedroom xx

  • http://www.brepurposed.com Breanna

    This is absolutely beautiful! I love how the antiquing wax looks and I can’t wait to try it myself!

  • http://www.thecharmofhome.blogspot.com Sherry

    How gorgeous! You picked the perfect color! Love it! I will feature at Home Sweet Home tomorrow.

    • Kelsey Elaine

      Thanks Sherry, I’m flattered!

  • http://www.brocanteuserose.com BrocanteuseRose

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love it!

  • http:/dorreenq1@aol.com DOREEN QUAGLIETTA

    Absolutely fabulous!

  • http://seekinglavenderlane.blogsot.com Deb

    This piece turned out beautiful! I love the antique powder…never hard of that before. I think my favorite part is definitely the hardware on here.

    @Seeking Lavender Lane

  • http://greenwillowpond.com Deborah

    It is just beautiful! That antiquing powder looks so much easier than waxing. Do you put a finish over it?

    • Kelsey Elaine

      Hi Deborah,

      Thanks! I generally don’t put any extra finish over it because I apply it using wax which absorbs the powder. It’s similar to using a tinted wax at that point – but much easier to control. I feel like putting an extra top coat over it is redundant.

  • http://thedecoratoraholic.com Trish

    These are gorgeous.

  • Amanda Crisp

    I love what you did with this dresser but the image links are broken. I wanted to share it with a friend, any chance you can restore the links?

    • Kelsey Elaine

      Hi Amanda,

      I apologize, my site was hacked a few months ago and in the process of restoring it, some of the photo links were broken. I’ve been trying to update them as quickly as possible – but it’s a long process. I updated the links to this page though, so share away!