Dressers and Vanities

Organic Basil Sage Antique Dresser Redux


She sat in my booth for 3 months and on FaceBook Marketplace without a single inquiry – scroll down to see her first makeover. After a while the 2 top drawer orange started to wear on me despite that it was birds eye maple. Her organic theme didn’t seem to resonate with the public either. It doesn’t happen often but . . . it was time to re-design and re-do.

The re-do involved avoiding a total re-paint if possible. Since it was the orange top drawers that bugged me, they were painted the same Basil as the rest and I left the natural wood legs as is. Then adding the floral transfer to give her a little bling. All the back plate, keyhole and hardware details got an antique job with brown and gold tones.

Price and Location

  • 3 full size drawers, 2 small top drawers
  • 8 new antiqued metal knobs
  • Painted General Finishes durable Milk Paint Basil
  • Several applications General Finishes High Performance Top Coat Flat
  • Paper clay knob back plates and keyhole embellishments

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I love 4-legged creatures: antique dressers and my golden-doodle. These beautiful 4 legged dressers, I call sexy-legs, are getting harder to find. I’m very grateful when I do and careful, as such, choosing a respectful makeover design. Sometimes what I want and the piece speaks are 2 different things. Both of us agreed, however, the rare birdseye maple top drawer fronts had to stay as is!

So, I wanted to decoupage a gorgeious floral design on the open front face. I struggled with how to create a border and a color choice. Nothing in my inventory arsenal seemed to work on this piece. A few days of unsatisfactory design planing I finally gave up. If she wants to be simple then I’ll let her be simple, but I get to finally use my favorite color. It’s a color I’ve never used on furniture before but it’s all over my house: sage green.

General Finishes produces the best sage green, (IMHO) milk paint called Basil. It’s not got too strong yellow undertone and not any blue undertone. It’s just right for a natural organic feel as are real wood knobs and legs. But not to let this piece go free without some kind of embellishment, paper clay details were added to dress up the drawer fronts just a little. Respectful knob back plates and fake keyhole details give her just enough to be classy.