{Meet Elizabeth} Cotton & Roasted Chestnut Restored Dresser

I’m so excited to introduce you to Elizabeth. She’s a real beauty. I actually love her so much, that I decided to keep her! This dresser actually was my very first attempt at leaving just the drawers natural wood (although I did put a stencil over them) and I must say, I like it very much. When I was originally deciding how to restore this dresser, I was extremely frustrated with the fact that the top was just too far beyond repair. The veneer was falling apart and it was too thin to sand down anyways. So I was really unsure if I would like the natural wood drawers without a natural wood top to balance it out!

Meet Elizabeth - Cotton Chalk Based Paint with Roasted Chestnut Antiquing Powder | Vintage Storehouse & Co.

I explained a little bit more about the damage that Elizabeth had when she came to me in my previous post on how I restored the drawers using Hemp Seed Oil. But I must show you again, how different the drawers look now from the original. The original had so much grime and dirt on them that it was difficult to see the grain and they were so much darker than they are now!

Meet Elizabeth - Restored 1900's dresser | Vintage Storehouse & Co.

I used this stencil from Royal Design Studio to do the lettering on the drawers, which I think ties the whole piece in nicely. (Check out my video tutorial on how to stencil your furniture). I painted the rest of the dresser and the lettering in the color Cotton from our new line of Chalk Based Paint (Coming June 2015). Then I used Roasted Chestnut Antiquing Powder to age the color a bit, which I did a tutorial last week for!

Meet Elizabeth - Cotton Chalk Based Paint with Roasted Chestnut Antiquing Powder | Vintage Storehouse & Co.

The Roasted Chestnut gives it a really cool texture with the white, which I really love! It also makes the carving up on the top of the mirror pop!

Meet Elizabeth - Cotton Chalk Based Paint with Roasted Chestnut Antiquing Powder | Vintage Storehouse & Co.

I hope she inspires you to try your hand with stenciling as well!

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