The Empire Strikes Back

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Ok yeah that was dorky but I couldn’t resist but there is nothing dorky about this beautiful Empire dresser turned kitchen island. Believe if our home did not have a built in kitchen island…well its more like a continent…I would be keeping this beauty. She turned out so much better than I even imagined.

I got her in an online auction and there was a bidding war but the price stayed a bit reasonable. I went to pick her up by myself and the guy looked at me and says I hope you brought help for me to load this thing. I said I AM your help and the auction said it came apart for moving so that’s what we need to do. It was huge and had a badly damaged marble top with holes cut in the top


Yeah its sitting on the back patio where I tried to clean it but there is too much damage and etching in the actual marble to even try to use it so on to plan 2. Plan 2 is better anyway. I made a island top out of reclaimed wood I have in the garage. When I go to estate sales I am always the junker that is looking for scraps and planks of wood. She has some walnut, pine, oak and teak I think. I am no wood expert but I really wanted it to look rustic and I think I achieved that look.


This is the only before pictures I have because I was so ready to make it my into vision of beauty I just got started with the paintbrush. I used Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint in her new European color line in Bergere. It is a fabulous blue/grey depending on the light. I decided not to fix the “character” aka damage to the dresser because lets face it she is just old and has earned all of the character she has. I think it just adds to the beauty. While working on her I found that her nails are square hand hammered which puts her age in the 1800’s. I love this beauty and feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work on her and enhance all of her beauty.

She is absolutely gorgeous now. If you love her as much as I do let me know she is for sale.

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Isn’t she lovely?! until next time……..

  7 comments for “The Empire Strikes Back

  1. February 23, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    That’s a sweet cabinet to use as an island – love it! Visiting from the Your Designs This Time Party.

    • ekknox
      February 24, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      Thank you! I adore this thing!!

  2. February 24, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    What a great table! Love it! I’d love to see you share this on the Found & Foraged Linky Party held every Saturday night at 8PM CST on

    • ekknox
      February 28, 2015 at 4:03 am

      Thanks for the invite! I will see you Saturday!

  3. Dee
    February 25, 2015 at 5:43 am

    I love how this turned out! You did a great job! Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle! 🙂

  4. mary young
    March 2, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Brilliant. Your empire Victorian creation is amazing. I almost bought a piece of marble at a yard
    sale until I found out it came from a morgue. ouch. Did you know that American Victorian furniture was the first mass produced furniture in this country. Also once I saw an empire dresser stripped of its
    veneer and stained. Beautiful. I think the wood was maple underneath.

    • ekknox
      March 3, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Thank you for your kind words . I am so in love with this piece I may have to ask the new owner for visitation.

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