November 13, 2012

Berkey & Gay Dresser

Happened upon this dresser this summer and just got around to getting it redone. It is a Berkey & Gay dresser that was in awesome condition. A few veneer issues but the inside of the drawers were in pristine condition which is unusual. Most times I have to scrape copious amounts of bad contact paper! 

Berkey & Gay was a furniture company that originated in Michigan and they made beautiful pieces. A quick google search shows that they have also retained thier value due to the master craftsmen that made them.
 I needed to fix a runner on one of the drawers and three of the six backplates were missing but I will show you a simple solution to replace those and fix the runner the next few days.


Love this feature but it was not in good shape so I had to paint over it. It took me a long time to re-do the dresser because I was stuck on color choice. I finally got some inspiration from Miss Mustard Seed and her Boxwood colored Milk Paint. I didn't buy the milkpaint but I found a color in the BEHR line that was close and I added my plaster of paris to make it into chalkpaint and went to town. 

So happy with it. Stuck again on the color of the hardware. I finally settled on black.  I was going to highlight some of the details in turquoise but when I did a small spot, I just didn't think it looked right so I added some stain to those areas instead and finally wax on and to the booth she went.





Thanks Berkey & Gay for making such fine furniture that lasts


Always being renewed,



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32 comments:

  1. This is absolutely stunning, Kim! It looks like a piece from a high end store. :)

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  2. Beautiful - everything looks just right. Nice job!
    -Revi

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  3. that color is AMAZING!!!! i have the itch to use a fun green!!! i need to scratch it soon!

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  4. You did an awesome job on this dresser, love it! Can you give us the name of the Behr color you used?

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    1. It is called Scotland Isle and I got it in the paint and primer option.

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  5. super cute....this will brighten any room : )

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  6. It's a great colour! I love the pulls.

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  7. I'm just loving green right now - and this shade absolutely nails it!!!
    Beautifully done!
    hugs,
    Suzan

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  8. That is a beautiful piece of furniture! And the color you picking is just stunning! I'm totally smitten!

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  9. What a great job, love the color!,

    Shirley

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  10. I am a sucker for green! Wow, you made that look amazing!

    Ann-Marie

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  11. absolutely LOVE this dreser and color choice :) found through Two yellow birds!

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  12. This color is beautiful...I really need to try DIY chalk paint again.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  13. This piece is just gorgeous! The pulls, the details, the lil frame on the top drawer! It is fab and thanks for linking up:)
    Kim

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  14. Great piece, love that green/home created chalk paint. I am following.
    Joy

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  16. That looks great! I love the spunky color.

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  17. Beautiful dresser! Another home run! You are so talented :)

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  18. Oh my goodness Kim!! The dresser is PERFECT!! Love it!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!!

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  19. Beautiful transformation, I love the beading and the color is just gorgeous!!!

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  20. So beautiful. I love the beading around the edges. I think you choose a great colour, green coloured furniture always is good for statement pieces.
    Well done.

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  21. Kim, glad I stumbled onto your blog through Elizabeth & Co. I'm always grateful to be led to other Christians. Love this dresser ! GREAT color ! Glad you didn't go with the turquoise for this piece. I've subscribed to receive your blog with email because I really need to know how to fix those runners. I have issues with a few on old dressers in my own collection. Looking forward to seeing what you do next !

    patty
    soriano471@sbcglobal.net

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  22. Your color choice is perfect and you did a wonderful job on this beautiful piece.

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  23. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill, you are being featured later today!!

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  24. Hi! I came over from Miss Mustard Seed and I'm glad I did. Beautiful job! LOVE the hardware. Is it new or did it come with the dresser? If it's new, would you be so kind as to tell us what brand, where you got it, etc.? Thanks so much!!

    Mary

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    1. Hi Mary- The hardware actually came with the dresser but was missing several of the backplates. YOu can go to this post to see how I remedied that situation so I could still use the original hardware.

      http://reposhture.blogspot.com/2012/11/missing-backplate-remedy.html

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  25. Love this piece and happy to see such a Happy color! Love Scotland Isle too. I have used it several times along with Grape Leaves! Beautiful work!

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  26. Hi I just featured this dresser on my bog today! I love it so much. Stop by and check it out, and grab a feature button if you like!

    Jane
    www.findingfabulousblog.com

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  27. The original was so pretty.

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