I absolutely love finding a unique antique piece to update. Meet my latest favorite, the graceful Art Deco bureau. Although it was in pretty perfect condition, it didn’t really suit my personal style, but I had the perfect design idea that was very easy to apply.
The most important aspect of this transformation was to keep the integrity of the dresser while updating it to my tastes. I decided to change the color from a cherry wood finish, to a dusty blue, and change out the large, streamlined handles for something smaller and easier to use.
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To start, I removed the existing pulls and prepared the surface for painting, which meant a lot of sanding. Normally using sheets of sandpaper is fine for me, but I opted to use an orbital sander for this project to speed it up. I did use fine grit sheets to get the corners and curves (by the way, don’t you love the keyhole detail at the bottom??).
Next, using one of my favorite paint colors and brands, Dress Blues by Fairy Chalk Mothers Paint, I painted the body of the dresser for its new look. I wanted the top to be contrasted from the rest of it and paired the blue with Rustoleum’s Kona colored polyurethane in a matte finish. I really love this look because it can be used with many design styles, making it quite a versatile bureau.
My finishing touch on this project was to not only change out the pulls for something more current, but to also add more drawer support. Doubling the handles on the larger drawers was easy to do with the existing drilled holes. I picked the arched pulls in a brushed steel which completed the look even more perfectly than I thought it would. All in all, I am completely in love with how this piece turned out!
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