Hammered & Aged Copper Dresser

I found this antique dresser that was in great condition but needed to be updated a bit. It had a couple of areas with chipped veneer that needed to be filled and some poly drips that had to be sanded but overall it looked pretty good.

It had all it's original hardware, which is a plus with any antique piece, and I had every intention on incorporating the old hardware with the restored finish.

When I first saw this dresser, I knew I wanted a 2 tone look with the drawers being a different color than the shell. I came across a finish done by a remarkable furniture painter out of Florida and thought I would try it. I'm so glad I did because it came out beautiful and I can't wait to do it again on another piece. It's called Hammered & Aged Copper! Here are the steps:

Step 1: Clean

I cleaned the dresser and pulls with denatured alcohol and a clean rag.

Step 2: 2 Coats of General Finishes Milk Paint in Lamp Black

Step 3: 1 coat of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat on shell and drawers

Step 4: 1 coat of General Finishes Copper Pearl Effects on drawers and side panels of shell

Step 5: While the copper pearl effects is still wet, stab the finish all over using an up and down motion using a brush. I used a Goldblatt natural bristle-polyester blend masonry brush.

Stabbing the wet paint with the brush creates the hammered copper look. If you look closely, you see indents in the paint from the brush.

Step 6: 1 coat of GF High Performance Top Coat in Flat over the copper pearl. This will seal in the copper so the glaze doesn't smudge.

Step 7: Using a 50/50 mixture of General Finishes Pitch Black Glaze and Extender, brush it on the copper pearl areas and wipe off using a clean cloth until you get your desired "aged" look. The glaze dries fast so you must use an extender to make sure you have enough time to wipe the glaze off.

Step 8: Finish off the drawers and side panels with a final coat of HP Top Coat

This piece takes a lot of steps but it is so worth it in the end. This dusty dresser has been Restored Into New and it is by far one of my favorites. Happy Restoring!!!


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