The Rustic Room

Bombay dresser

This dresser is one of my favorite transformations.  Just picking up the dresser was a challenge. The back had a huge ugly mirror attached to it and the top was covered in contact paper.  It is an extremely heavy piece and very well built but needed a little TLC.  A couple of the drawers were falling apart and obviously the contact paper had to go.


We sanded down the top and found this awesome pattern in the wood grain which we had to keep.  So the top got stained a dark walnut color and sealed with polycrylic.


We debated over the bottom color for a while and finally ran across an inspiration piece on pinterest and decided we had to have dark blue.  The blue is slightly distressed with sand paper and then a dark wax applied over the top.


The stencil was an after thought because we thought that front needed to be broken up a little bit.  I happened to have this one on hand because I used it in my master bedroom for an accent wall.  I love it!!  It is from the Royal Design Studio and it is call Bombay paisley.


The hardware was replaced and we opted for two different styles to highlight the stencil.  The end result turned out stunning!  Let us know what you think and happy painting!


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7 thoughts on “Bombay dresser

  1. Marie Claire on said:

    I came over from Missmustardseed,and I must say that this dresser is stunning! Well done. What did you use for the blue paint? It’s a very rich blue.

  2. You found a beautiful piece! That tiger wood top is gorgeous, glad you left it stained.

  3. Wow! Beautiful transformation and I LOVE the stencil on the drawers, it ads so much interest and it’s very original!

    Kelsey @ the Vintage Storehouse & Co.

    PS- Would love to have you share & link up at ReLoved Fridays! The link party is open until Monday!

  4. Very nice. I was going to say the same about the top. Its known as “tiger oak”. It’s regular oak but when they milled the wood it was cut using a quarter sawn pattern instead of traditionally sawn. The reason it was more expensive is because they wasted more wood using this method and because it was a bit more labor intensive. Sooooo, tiger oak, quarter-sawn oak, (not tiger wood! which is something entirely different!) are all the same. Ok, there is your wood lesson for the day!

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