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Stunning Antique Black Bow Front Highboy ~ Take Two!

Stunning Antique Black Bow Front Highboy ~ Take Two!

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Several years ago, I purchased a beautiful antique bow front mahogany highboy.  I wasn’t sure how I wanted to paint it so I set it aside for a while until I came up with an idea.  I took it to Not So Shabby and it sold right away.

Fast forward to a few months ago.  I was stocking paint at that same location and needed a screw driver.  I ran back to grab one when I got a glimpse of a nice dresser in one of the other vendor’s booths.  My first thought was ~ wow, that’s a really cool piece!

I popped in and out of the storage room and went whizzing back up front when a 2nd glance stopped me dead in my tracks.  I was like whaaa?  I was like huh??  No wonder it caught my attention, it was my piece.  Well, not really ~ I didn’t own it anymore ~ but it was my artistic flare, my idea, my design.

I had originally painted it in CeCe Caldwell’s Vermont Slate.  The VS appeared more blue than I remembered but the drawers still looked great.  The strange thing was how beat up the legs were, almost as though someone dragged it across a sidewalk.  There was also a teeny wear mark on the top that bugged me.  How did that happen?  Where had this dresser been?  Did that vendor buy it from me the first time or did someone buy it and then move out-of-town and sell it?

It was priced lower than what a solid mahogany bow front dresser goes for in this area at and all it needed was a little TLC so I bought it back to do a quick flip.  Yeah, right ~ like that ever happens.

I was JUST going to fix that TINY LITTLE spot on the top but before I knew it, I had slathered a thick coat of stripper all over the top.  You know, for that tiny spot the size of pea.  The ad rep. never noticed the thick, green, gooey gel on the highboy before she landed her purse and 3 ring binder on top of it.  OOPS!

That was a real joy to clean up.  I eventually got back to the dresser and finish stripping the top.

Wow, what beautiful Mahogany!

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I also HAD to repaint the entire body of the piece to give it a more rich color and to repair the scrapes on the legs.  Easy right?  Right!  As long as you’re in a workshop working without interruptions.

That seldom happens in our studio.  Between paint deliveries, paint shipments, customers, phone calls, emails…, there’s rarely a solid chunk of time to work on a piece.  I stopped and started this dresser about seven times but because days and weeks lapsed in between, I kept forgetting which color I had used.  Lincoln’s Hat, Cannonball, Freedom Road, a mis-tint of Freedom Road…

Freedom Road ~ Cannonball ~ Gun Powder

Gun Powder Freedom Road Cannonball

 I kept messing with it until I had everything the way I wanted.  I don’t think there was a part I didn’t touch.
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I waxed everything with except the top which I sealed with American Paint Company’s Hard Coat.  I prefer to apply Hard Coat with a sponge, but on this particular piece, I wanted to imitate the cross hatch marks on the front so I brushed it on in both directions to create linen weave.  Did I take a picture of that.  Ummm, nope ~ guess not.
It’s all fixed up and ready for its new owner.  I loved this piece the first time. I love it even more now and if for any reason it doesn’t sell, it will fit perfectly at the top of our staircase :D.

 

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A hui hou ~ Shelly

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a hui hou!

Shelly

27 Comments
  • deborah@confessions of a craigslist junkie
    Posted at 03:13h, 25 January Reply

    That dresser turned out beautifully — LOVE the technique on the drawers!

  • Stacey
    Posted at 03:51h, 25 January Reply

    I love it!
    Look perfect as it is!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  • Petticoat Junktion
    Posted at 04:17h, 25 January Reply

    Shelly, It’s just GORGEOUS! I would have never thought to do that. It might have taken you a while to decide what to do with it, but it was worth it.

  • Good Time Charlie
    Posted at 04:21h, 25 January Reply

    I love your artsy fartsy style! It is so cool, I was trying to figure out if that was crackle or what. I love it!

  • The Paupers Castle
    Posted at 11:20h, 25 January Reply

    Hick style? Far from that! Beautiful as always!

  • Lisa
    Posted at 12:30h, 25 January Reply

    Lovin the artsy fartsy style! Maybe you could start a new trend in decor! Ya think “Artsy-Fartsy” would fly??

  • Twice Nice
    Posted at 13:43h, 25 January Reply

    Gorgeous! Love the new “style”!

  • Bliss
    Posted at 14:34h, 25 January Reply

    Beautiful!

    Bliss

  • Betsy@ coastal-colors
    Posted at 16:06h, 25 January Reply

    Another gorgeous piece! You always delight with your paint choices and techniques! I really love this piece!

  • Mimi@blueroofcabin
    Posted at 16:54h, 25 January Reply

    Artsy Fartsy Hick style huh. I love it 😉 Stunning piece. Once again you are amazing!

  • Jenna LaFevor
    Posted at 14:49h, 26 January Reply

    Gorgeous! Love the two tone and dry brushing effect! Great job!

    Jenna @ http://rainonatinroof.com

  • Designed Decor
    Posted at 15:59h, 26 January Reply

    This is such a beautiful piece! Wow! I love all the details you incorporated in to the piece. I just started a new link party and would love for you to come over and share your post or any social media sites. http://designeddecor.com/talkin-about-thursday-link-party4/
    DeDe@DesignedDecor

  • Patti @ Pandoras Box
    Posted at 22:56h, 26 January Reply

    This is such a lovely piece that I could imagine it in any room of the house! Well done!

  • Danielle
    Posted at 01:04h, 28 January Reply

    This is gorgeous. I agree it is quite masculine. I love the colors you chose and the dry brushing. Love all that texture. I’m sure it won’t last long in your booth! Thanks for sharing it at Silver Pennies Sundays!

  • lauren @ West Furniture Revival
    Posted at 02:20h, 28 January Reply

    love the finish on it, especially with the hardware, you hit it out of the park, beautiful!

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    Posted at 11:46h, 28 January Reply

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  • The Golden Sycamore
    Posted at 17:11h, 29 January Reply

    The dresser is beautiful! I love everything about it!
    Allison

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  • Ann Marie at Iris Abbey
    Posted at 02:03h, 24 January Reply

    I love seeing your finished products. They are so creative and, for me, inspirational. This is another terrific example. I saw your link at the Art Is Beauty link party.

    • Shelly
      Posted at 15:07h, 27 January Reply

      Thanks Ann!!

  • Melody @ My Passion For Decor
    Posted at 11:30h, 27 January Reply

    You never cease to amaze me girl! I love this, but again I love everything you do! Thank you for linking up to the Be~YOU~tiful Link Party!!

    • Shelly
      Posted at 15:07h, 27 January Reply

      Awe ~ thanks Melody! I love your work too!

  • Maureen
    Posted at 18:49h, 08 February Reply

    Shelly… just gorgeous! Do you use a wet/damp sponge for the hardcoat?

  • Amy @ StowandTellU
    Posted at 21:56h, 22 February Reply

    What a tale this gorgeous piece has to go along with it, goodness that darn little spot. Love it both in full view and all the amazing details upclose!!

    • Shelly
      Posted at 17:55h, 27 February Reply

      Thanks Amy!

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