Vintage Farmhouse Style Dresser

Old white chalk paint on a vintage dresser.

This is an old vintage dresser that I found at a local thrift store.

Before: Vintage dresser
Before: Vintage dresser

Worn and scratched finish.
Worn and scratched finish.
The dresser was manufactured by Carman Maufacturing Company in Tacoma, Washington. It was made in the early part of the 1900s.

Carman Manufacturing Company, Tacoma, Washington.
Label on back of dresser:
Carman Manufacturing Company, Tacoma, Washington.

These old dressers are famous for bleed through. For those unfamiliar with the term, after applying paint the tannin in the wood seeps or "bleeds" through the paint creating a stained and splotchy finish. And it will continue to bleed through no matter how many coats of paint are applied. Shellac is an easy fix to prevent bleed through. The shellac goes on clear and dries quickly. I applied two coats of shellac just to make sure I didn't miss any spots.

Two coats of shellac applied to prevent bleed through.
Two coats of shellac applied to prevent bleed through.

After

I choose Old White for my color scheme.

After: Vintage dresser  painted in farmhouse style white.

I applied light distressing to the edges of the dresser.  I sealed the paint on the dresser and pulls with soft clear wax.

Light distressing applied to edges.
Light distressing applied to edges.

All-over white creates a subtle yet elegant color scheme.
All-over white creates a subtle yet elegant color scheme.

Scalloped skirt and turned legs.
Scalloped skirt and turned legs.

The back apron includes a decorative raised scallop.

Decorative raised scallop.
Decorative raised scallop.

The top is now smooth as butter. The dresser was once neglected and unwanted, but now it's ready for a new home.

Repaired top.
Repaired top.


Supply List

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