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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