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Two Tone Dresser Makeover

Hello there! I’m feeling pretty organised this week with a bunch of projects finished or almost finished. Nice to feel on top of things… for a moment at least! So to start the week I thought I’d share this two tone dresser makeover… though I have to say, after my camera was stolen so I’m using my phone photos, I hope you don’t mind

Natural Two Tone Dresser

It’s no secret I love two tone, but for this dresser I went with the darkest stain I could find, Feast and Watson in Japan Black. You can still see a little grain in the top but I’m really loving the strong contrast. I gave the top three coats, and decided to finish it with soft furniture wax.

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The frame is Annie Sloan in Pure White, heavily distressed. I love the worn look – it seems to me to be a great neutral coloured piece without being wishy washy. I stuck with the original handles but decided to use twine to wrap them to give them a more natural look. Wrapping was a little fiddly, but a great ‘in front of the TV’ job

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This dresser came to me from my lovely friend Kelly. More than five years ago, just after my daughter Emma was born, I went to the local health clinic for Mums and Bubs classes. On the first day I met Amy,  then Kelly and Rebecca, and a little while later Marissa. Every week for years we met at the park or at each others home, and today these woman have each contributed so much to my life and to that of my children. A couple of months ago Kelly mentioned she had a dresser for me, and after lots of faffing round I finally went over to get it. I’m so grateful that my lovely friends have been there supporting me through the life of Paisley Vintage… and honestly this one couldn’t have come from a lovely home. Here’s what the dresser looked like before – fine, but a little boring.

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I love that with a little paint, stain and wax something boring can be given a new life and a bit of character! So what about you – do you love two tone? What do you think of the dark stain?

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