If I know anything for certain, I most certainly know that furniture simply isn’t built like it was once built! And not only furniture… home appliances, farm equipment, garden tools… the list goes on!

It’s really quite frustrating… but it is what it is isn’t it folks?! 🤷🏼‍♀️

Thankfully many of these things that were built/manufactured way back when are still fully functional and operating today! Our home and farmyard is personally filled with them — from chest freezers, to little Ford tractors, to GM 3/4 tonnes, to cast iron sinks, to enamel kitchenware, and to tallboy dressers just like this one I so luckily scooped us this spring:

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My Soft Sage Seagrass process:

  • Removed original hardware ~ with thought that I might refresh with a new but aged and solid set
  • Removed original bevel mirror ~ ever so carefully (for which I found a 1924 newspaper behind)
  • Replaced missing caster ~ the top right leg was missing its’ wheel, but I just so happened to have a replicate on hand
  • Heavily sanded down top ~ To prepare for stain application
  • Typically, and almost always… I lightly sand down remainder of piece ~ To best prepare for paint adhesion… but for this piece I did NOT… figured it had enough tooth already… and it did!
  • Thoroughly vacuumed and washed piece ~ certainly required before transforming any piece of preloved furniture
  • Created and applied 3 coats of my own custom blend colour of COUNTRY CHIC PAINT Chalk Style Paint with 2+ parts ‘Simplicity’ / 1 part ‘Sage Advice’ ~ for the soft sage seagrass colour that I was after
  • Sanded down for a chippy and buttery smooth distressed finish ~ for the farmhouse chic look I adore and always strive for
  • Conditioned, stained and varnished top (colour ‘Jacobean’) ~ for a two-toned transformation
  • Applied 2 coats of my go-to Varathane ‘DIAMOND WOOD FINISH‘ (water-based, satin) to the remainder of piece ~ to achieve a crystal clear, water-resistant, and highly durable finish
  • Purchased and installed new hardware I personally selected from LEE VALLEY ~ ceramic burnished brass pulls
  • Reinstalled mirror ~ ever so carefully (and yes, I of course tucked the 1924 newspaper back in behind)
  • Decoupaged drawer-sides with Re-Design with Prima’s FLORAL PARCHMENT a lovely pattern that I felt paired so nicely with this restoration

What does a girl do when the colour she’s dreaming of simply doesn’t seem to exist?! She custom blends her own colour of course! I was envisioning nothing but a Soft Sage Seagrass hue for restoring and transforming this Antique Tallboy, and I feel I just may have succeeded! A coastal country custom colour that pairs ever-so-sweetly with antique brass, warm wicker, welcoming wood tones, terracottas, corals, peaches, and layered whites. I so very much see this timeless piece in someone’s cottage, guest room, hallway accent, or foyer statement. A delightfully charming and lovingly lean farm charm dresser for YOU! Original casters, original bevel mirror, and solid drawers that slide like churned butter! No furniture today is built in any comparison to this CIRCA 1924+ lovely; that I believe has at least 100+ more humble years!

* All of my furniture pieces are preloved, with expected signs of age and use — sweet imperfections which I believe adds to their unique character and charm.

❤️ This Soft Sage Seagrass ~ SOLD to Debra ❤️
DIMENSIONS: 46.5″+23″ H x 30″ W x 18″ D

I hope you visit again! My #farmlifebestlife awaits more simple living, generous loving and constant learning — graced with an abundance of farmhouse chic character and sweet imperfections, both for me and for YOU! ❤️

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