Waterfall furniture was mass produced during the early part of the 20th century. It was made from inexpensive materials like plywood back in the day – then makers often added the interesting veneers details that sets it apart and brands it as waterfall.
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This dresser’s top drawer shows how veneers which are ultra-thin slices of wood grain are used to make this dresser ‘top drawer.’ (Sorry. I simply couldn’t resist the pun.) In any case, I wanted to save the waterfall feel of the dresser, so I opted to leave the feet, the top and the drawer face looking natural while I enhanced the other features of this pretty piece.
As usual, the first step is separating the drawers from the body. I then removed all hardware for treatment elsewhere. Because I was leaving the top drawer natural, I painted the drawer pulls in the same chalk white paint as the rest of the dresser’s body for contrast. All the other drawer pulls and mirror hardware, I spray painted glossy black.
I painted the frame of the mirror to match the body of the dresser after a quick hit with the sander to make the paint adhere properly. I did the same for the body of the dresser
As you can tell, I didn’t work too hard at flooding the crevices of this piece with the Killz Chalk White paint I used. I wanted the piece to have character and a vintage look. I believe I achieved this.
The sections of the dresser that I left natural, the top, the feet, and that lovely top drawer all got a quick sanding and two coats of polyurethane to bring out their natural color and grain.
I’d meant to sell this piece to a local home stager but my husband – the genius behind many of my projects that involve actual construction – fell in love with it. Now it sits in our kitchen and works as a coffee bar. (So often we fail to re-imagine how a furniture piece can be used in rooms other than the one for which it was originally constructed. If you ask me, this re-purposing is half the fun of furniture renewal.
As an aside, and for reasons I’m totally unclear about, I have come to think of this new/ coffee bar as an elderly uncle now come to live with us? Do your projects ever develop personalities of their own like our Uncle Eddie? Let me know what you think