Prairie dresser makeover

The prairie, in all its expressions, is a massive, subtle place, with a long history of contradiction and misunderstanding. But it is worth the effort at comprehension. It is, after all, at the center of our national identity. – Wayne Fields

Here is the before – after I stripped the top and remembered I hadn’t taken a picture yet. Ugh…I do that too often!

I stripped the top and stained it in Dark Walnut. A light coat of poly first then followed up with dual waxes for a subtle finish.

There is no describing the prairies…they inspire feelings too unique, so distinct from anything else, so powerful, yet vague and indefinite, as to defy description, while they invite the attempt. – John C. Van Tramp

Do you recognize these knobs? Yep – Anthropologie. I love their hardware. These remind me of the little pops of color you see looking out onto the prairie fields. Tiny blooms and wild grasses mixed throughout.

I chose to give it an eclectic feel by mixing the knobs up. New knobs from Anthropologie combined with these two styles – both vintage. A teardrop and backplate pictured above, paired with the ring pull pictured below.

Then I discovered the prairie, and a slow healing began.
– Stephen R. Jones

I aged it with dual waxes and light distressing.
Oh, and this girl has curves …

The body is painted with ASCP Versailles. The drawers are Versailles, with an Old Ochre wash. I did a striping technique to mimic the look of a natural board running through the middle of the drawers.

{Not sure why some of the pictures have warmer tones and others have cooler tones. They were all taken at the same time, on the same settings.}



…the joy of prairie lies in its subtlety. It is so easy—too easy—to be swept away by mountain and ocean vistas. A prairie, on the other hand, requests the favor of your closer attention. It does not divulge itself to mere passersby. – Suzanne Winckler

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