Project: 1916 Dresser
Color: Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint “Go Navy”
Recipe: Go Navy Recipe = 1 part Black Dog + 1 part Blue Ridge – Recipe video here
This beautiful 1916 dresser has been in my inventory for at least three years. I liked the style, knew I could do something with it but I had no idea what I had when I purchased it and brought it home. It had a very dark stain that hid the beautiful veneer and the top had holes for a mirror that was missing so I just put it with my inventory and said someday I’ll get to it.
When I started cleaning the dresser, I found a handwritten date of manufacture-11/08/1916-and a signature on the top drawer bottoms and lots of other writing inside the case that seems to be labeling pieces and what went to what. I gently cleaned undersides and insides to preserve all of the writings. Cleaning the drawer fronts began revealing the beautiful veneer and I knew I had to save it.
I stripped the remaining finish off of the drawers and lightly sanded as to not destroy the veneer. It was thin and worn in places and glue had seeped through the seams when it was made which was hidden by the dark, heavy finish used. I used General Finishes Maple oil stain, there was a heavy red tone with all of the mahogany stains, to neutralize the red and bring out the grain and all of the beautiful wood tones. Oil stain is thin and I could still see the areas where the veneer was thinner and the bits of glue in the seams so I used a couple of gel stains in mahogany and cherry and dipped a chip brush in each and dabbed the stain on the glue bits and dry brushed and blended on the thin, worn areas. It’s hard to describe my technique as I was making it up as I went but I was able to blend, dab and camouflage all of the problem areas and save this incredible veneer.
The case and legs were painted in Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint using the color recipe Go Navy = 1 part Black Dog and 1 part Blue Ridge. It’s such a beautiful navy and perfect for framing the drawers of this beautiful lady. While I normally will use grain filler to create a smoother surface when I have a super grainy top, I decided to leave the grain on this one. For some reason, it seemed like the right thing to do to honor the dresser and its maker.
The case was sealed in multiple coats of satin topcoat and the drawers were sealed in Minwax Wipe On Poly in gloss to really bring out the beautiful wood grain. There’s just something about a hand applied finish on wood that makes it extra special.
Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint is a water-based, low VOC, matte finish paint originally developed for our custom design shop. Our goal was to create a safe and easy-to-use paint that is customizable for our, and now your, furniture projects. Made in small batches in the USA, our paint line includes 16 pre-mixed colors, including a true black and white, affording you the ability to mix custom tints and shades. There is no limit to the colors you can create. Black Dog Furniture Paint dries to a velvety, matte finish and can be used on a multitude of surfaces, including glass, metal, wood, and ceramics. Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint can be applied over paint, varnish, lacquer, or poly. Apply the paint to a clean surface using either the brush of your choice or a paint sprayer. Easily create distressed effects, washes, or bright, bold, contemporary finishes with our expandable palette.
FINISH YOUR PIECE WITH ONE OF OUR TOP COATS
When your project is completed, don’t forget to protect it with one of our topcoats. Guard Dog and Show Dog are water-based, interior Poly/Acrylic topcoats designed as durable final finishes for Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint. Both topcoats can be applied by brush or sprayer, build quickly, and are self-leveling. We recommend Show Dog for use over white and pastel and colors as it will not amber. Both Guard Dog and Show Dog are available in matte and satin sheens.
ABOUT BLACK DOG SALVAGE
Established in 1999, Black Dog Salvage is a prominent architectural salvage company based in Roanoke, Virginia, and is the home of the DIY Network television show, Salvage Dawgs. Specializing in saving valuable architectural pieces of history from the landfill, the main retail showroom and nearby receiving warehouse are filled with architectural antiques, home furnishings, regional art, and custom designs. Extensions of the Black Dog Brand include Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint, The Stone House at Black Dog Salvage, and The Dog Bowl at Black Dog Salvage.
ABOUT SALVAGE DAWGS
Salvage Dawgs chronicles the adventures and creativity of Black Dog Architectural Salvage, a Roanoke, Virginia-based architectural salvage business established in 1999. Praised for the humorous, family-friendly banter amongst the team, a suspenseful approach to presenting the salvage process and useful information about how to reuse the items they find, Salvage Dawgs has proven to be an engaging and entertaining television show that the whole family can enjoy. Owned by Discovery Inc., all eleven seasons and 143 episodes are available via streaming and on demand.