I took Cassie from Primitive & Proper's advice and decided to paint it black, distressing it back to see the white undercoat.
I never did get a proper before shot of the dresser, but here it is without the drawers, so you can see the color.
Here's a photo showing the bleed-through. I tried shellac and Kilz, and nothing stopped it from coming through.
So I bought some General Finishes milk paint in Lamp Black and painted over the bleed-through mess.
And here's how it turned out.
I wet sponge distressed areas to show the white paint underneath, and changed out the knobs from the simple wood ones that were originally on the piece to some pretty crystal ones.
Can I just say I'm sooo happy this baby is done?
Now I can move on to some other pieces -- which is a good thing since I got a call that my booth was almost sold out! I'll be taking the dresser and some smalls out tomorrow, then moving on to my next piece--the highboy that goes with the dresser.
Hopefully now that I know what I'm in for, it will go much more smoothly.
And I have to admit I'm going to an auction tomorrow night. Yes, I'm breaking my self-imposed moratorium on buying before I finish the pieces I have. But my booth is so empty I'm hoping I can find some things that don't need any work to put in it.
Yep, that's my excuse. Not that I've really missed picking or anything. Nope not that at all. This shopping excursion is an necessity!
I'll let you know if I get any good stuff!
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