For quite some time I have been coveting this Gabby Furniture Terrance Chest first spotted in this home tour by Studio McGee. If you haven’t had a chance to look through Studio McGee’s work, you definitely should. It’s gorgeous.
Henry and Ella had grown out of their dresser and we wanted to create something similar to the Gabby Furniture piece. Using that as inspiration, Matt and I took a plain wood Ikea dresser that was given to us by a friend and sanded, stained, and aged it with a steel wool process.
A couple of days before you begin this project grab some steel wool (like this) and distilled white vinegar. Combine both in a large mason jar and let sit uncovered for two days until the steel wool is partially dissolved. Filter the mixture and let sit a bit longer to create the stain. Here is a helpful tutorial on this process.
We then began by pulling out all the drawers and giving everything a good sanding so the stain would adhere well to the wood. Next we painted all of the surfaces with Varathane Wood Stain in Antique White. We let this dry for several hours. Once dry we painted on the homemade steel wool and vinegar stain. Using a paintbrush, apply a good amount of stain and let sit for 2 to 5 minutes. Using a clean lint free rag wipe the rest of the stain off. This gives the white stain an aged look. Let dry fully for one day and seal with a coat of Formby’s Tung Oil.
While we are thrilled with how the dresser turned out, we have debated that had we done the steel wool stain before the white wash the results might be better. We haven’t had a chance to test that theory yet.
Eventually I would like to paint a design on the front of the dresser similar to the Gabby Furniture Dresser.