Oh Dear, More Veneer!

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You would think by this point of my furniture refinishing career,
that I would have learned my lesson about veneer.
I already had one heart breaking experience with trying to strip veneer so I knew that was not an option with this piece. This dresser came from my Step-Grandmother so I knew when we moved that I wanted to find a place in our home for it but the mid-century feel just wasn't fitting in.
 {I really need to learn to take time to snap some non-iphone pictures before I start painting...}
Sometimes the creativity just strikes and I don't have time to slow down and get the camera.

I started by stripping the thick finish off the drawers and top. The top actually looked like it was painted brown.{Maybe to cover stains or damage?} The veneer on the drawers looked pretty different once the finish was stripped and sanded {Twice! That was some tough lacquer!} and this is about the point I started to panic. The outer areas were like a blonde tiger oak veneer and the center almost looked like laminate because the grain was so stripe-y. I thought I had wasted hours sripping the finish off veneer but I decided to just stain it with a thin coat of Minwax Dark Walnut and see what happened.
The top had beautiful wood veneer. Check out that grain! The Minwax really made it pop!
{Although it looks super red in this picture.}

 The body got two coats of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Ironstone.

And then the magic happened...

 Beautiful chippy goodness!
I sanded just enough to brush off the loose flaking paint and sealed the whole dresser with hemp oil.
 This is way more distressed than I usually go for but I decided not to add any bonding agent and just let the milk paint do its thing.
I had to give it a few days to see how I felt about it and I think its quirky and different and perfect.
{Perfect for my little dressing room at least.}

 New pulls changed this mid-century dresser into something a little more feminine.

And we have to have a Before and After!
Another successful makeover!
I think I've got my creative groove back.

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