Isn't it gorgeous?!?! Solid wood top. Solid wood curved drawers. Pretty handles. Just lovely.
Lets talk about handles for a minutes. Looking at these handles one would think they will have to be painted to be salvaged but if you ever come across a solid wood, quality old dresser like this, there is a good chance the handles are solid brass. To check use a magnet from your refridgerator. Brass is non magnetic so if your magnet does not stick to the handle, it might be solid brass. I use Brasso to polish brass. If just wiping the handles with Brasso doesn't help try paint stripper on them or some other paint remover. A lot of times the handles have been clear coated or painted in the past so that has to be stripped off before polishing will work. These handles looked kind of gross up close.
Years of tarnish had covered up everything shiny and pretty about them. After I confirmed they were not magnetic I was positive they were solid brass. I stripped the clear coat off then polished them and this is the end result.
Can you believe?! They are so beautiful! So glad I know how to identify brass and I didn't paint them!
Now on to the rest of the makeover. The dresser went from having beautiful shape and curves with blah paint and yucky handles to looking glamorous and rich. I LOVE IT! More importantly though, my client loves it which makes me extremely happy. Here are the after photos:
So pretty! I love makeovers like this. I love bringing pieces like this back to life. Hopefully it will be a treasured piece for a long time.