Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Finding the "New" in the "Old"...


I love a good furniture re-do don’t you?  Taking something that looks like it belongs on the curb for the garbage man to dispose of and turning it into a cherished piece for our home.


That’s kinda how this little Craigslist find was for me.  I didn’t really want to buy anything that day.  Honestly!  

Actually, I was researching and trying to get an idea of how much to price some things that I was trying to get rid of when I spotted her. (that's my story and I'm sticking to it)

There she was…all brown and banged up with her little tear-drop handles all covered in rust.  She was just crying for some love!  I wish I had a photo to share of her before her makeover but somewhere between start to finish…the before photos were lost.  UGH!

Suffice to say, she looked a bit like this… 

  
But oh did she have potential!  In all honesty, I have a thing for old vintage things in their original state.  I could’ve just lived with her as is if not for the horrific smell!

I’m thinking she was used as a kitty litter box…or close to one???  It was bad people!

So I busted out the sander and went to town.  There wasn't much left of the original finish so sanding went pretty quickly.

First I used a 120 grit sandpaper all over to take off all the paint splatter covering her and give her a smooth finish.  My initial thought was to restore her back to her original beauty but the more I sanded, the more I realized that was not going to be possible.

The wood had some cracks in it that needed to be filled and some warping issues that needed, well some caulk!  So I had to come up with a new plan of action.

In came a sample pot of Behr paint that I’d gotten in Antique Tin.  I loved the color and just had to get a sample of it…but had no clue where I was going to use it. 



Considering it’s a small piece, I figured this would be the perfect place to try it out!

I removed the drawers, tapped off the top, slapped on a face mask and filled up my paint sprayer with paint and off to paint’in I went!


After the first coat of paint dried, I sanded it lightly with 220 grit paper and then applied a second coat…sanded again with 220 grit then applied a light third coat for good measure.

In between coats of paint on the chest, I started staining the drawers.  I used my all time favorite stain, Minwax in Special Walnut.  LOVE IT!  Can never go wrong with it.



Once the chest was done drying, I applied three coats of the same stain to the top, let that dry for 24 hours and then applied a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax to the entire piece…let it sit for 24 hours, applied a second coat of Wax…waited 24 hours and then buffed her to a shine!    



I just love the way she turned out...don't you?


She's the perfect blend of rustic and chic!


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24 comments:

  1. I love the paint color and the wood together. The hardware is great too! You did a beautiful job on your dresser. Visiting from Wow us Wednesdays. ~ Jamie

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      Thank you so much for your sweet words and for stopping by :)

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  2. That colour is lovely! I love the paint and natural wood together, too.

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    1. Thank you Cynthia! I'm pretty happy with how it turned out too :)

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    1. Thank you Theresa! I appreciate you taking the time to comment on this for me :)

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  4. I love this. Just discovered your blog and I am a fan!! Great job.

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    1. I'm so glad you found me! I hope you come back often :)

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    1. Me too!! Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my blog :)

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  6. I love a good rescue! Nice work! The two tone works perfect on this. I just had hardwood floors put in at my house, and I used Special Walnut for the stain. It is the best color stain! I am your neighbor over at Miss Mustard Seed and your newest follower!

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    1. I am dying to do hardwoods in my kitchen just so I can stain them Special Walnut! It is the perfect color (in my opinion).

      Thanks for following me :)

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  7. Great makeover. Lovely choice of colour which matches the natural wood perfectly.

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  8. Wow - what a beautiful makeover - your paint choice is perfection with the wood.
    I'm your newest follower - would love to have you follow back
    Hugs,

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and for following me!

      I have followed you as well...your site is great!

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  9. Thats amazing.
    I did a dresser almost identical to this one. It now sits with my daughter at college, it's the perfect size. GREAT job :)

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    1. Great minds think alike! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  10. i would love to feature your dresser, if that would be ok with you please let me know,
    lauren

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  11. thanks so much ill let you know when i post it,
    lauren

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  12. Your so artistic and talented, what a transformation. Stopping by to say Hi from the blog hop. Come visit sometime, tea is cold and no shoes are required. Kathy B. http://www.southernmadeintheshade.blogspot.com New Follower

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  13. Wow! I love this! I love the pretty oak and that stain is the perfect shade. I will have to try that. I've been using a medium walnut and its still a tad dark. It turned out beautiful!

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