This campaign dresser is my new favorite makeover. I found Ernest in relatively good shape at a local thrift store. He had a drab brown finish, but his brass hardware really caught my eye. Sorry, no before pictures- I have a bad habit of getting excited and diving right in.
He needed a good cleaning and a more elegant look. Easy, right? Well…. I have never come across this before, but the drawers would not come out. I had to take the slide off the drawers to get them out. The drawer and slide were screwed together at the front, but taking the screw out didn’t quite do the trick. I had to remove the back of the dresser- a dozen screws and 500 staples, give or take a few. The slide came out the back and the drawer out the front. Weird, but it worked.
I removed all those lovely brass corner details and drawer pulls, then cleaned him up and prepped him for paint with a gray primer.
Hint: Gray or dark primer is best for darker paint colors.
Even with the dark primer, Ernest took at least four coats of paint. I kind of lost count after a temper tantrum or two. I used wall paint for this dresser, plus two coats of General Finishes Top Coat in flat. I don’t think it would have taken so many coats of paint if I had used my tried and true GF Milk Paint. Next time….
Did you know that campaign chests were originally designed to come apart for stately traveling? The brass corner details added a bit of protection on the journey. Someone asked if the top comes off, but while this dresser is styled to look like the originals, the top doesn’t actually come off.
In honor of Ernest’s heritage, I just had to stage him with a travel theme.
He was named after Ernest Hemingway because of Ernie’s oh, so insightful travel advice. 😀
Ernest is ready to go adventuring again. Where will he end up next?