Antique Campaign Dresser Finishing

Dec 14th

Campaign dresser – Basically, campaign furniture lacks luster, is uncomplicated and is rough in texture. They are usually unpainted or natural earth tones. Get any structural damage to dresser before you start woefully it. Re glue and clamp weak link; fill large cracks with wood putty and let dry. Then, sand surface of dresser, removing any paint or finish. Work sharp points off edges and corners of dresser. Distress dresser, further intensify campaign character of piece.

Yellow Campaign Dresser
Yellow Campaign Dresser

Turn surface of campaign dresser with chain in any particular pattern. Lets ar See random and natural, as if it took place during year. Continue pound dresser lightly with a hammer. Again, this makes random. Very attentive to areas which will of course receive damage over time, as top of dresser, corners and top edge of drawers. Pick areas of wood to make wormholes. This is not entire surface: idea is to find places where worms had once lived in wood in its natural state.

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Using ice pick to make indentations for wormholes. Scrape handle and front edge of dresser using file metal. Do not press too hard. Repeat grinding, use of sheets of sandpaper to remove any sharpness at campaign dresser. Clean dresser by a tack cloth. Work in one area at a time to tarnish dresser. Male stain, wait a few minutes and wipe with a cloth. Repeat if necessary. Continue until entire chest has been spotty. Stain will settle in troubled trademarks and wormholes to help age piece. Allow stain to dry.