I mentioned this lil neglected chest of drawers in a previous post, where there are more pics, and promised to give a quick tutorial. So, here goes.
It was something of a wreck when I found it. Actually it was standing in the display window of a little downtown shop and looked pretty good. THEN, I got er home and got a better look. Have you EVER bought something and then wondered "why didn't I take a CLOSER look before committing to buy THIS THING?" The veneer was peeling away and the legs FELL OFF while I was loading er on the truck. But, I did love the legs and the price was not too bad. Just look at these 'before' pics and you'll see what I mean.
But, already paid for her, I sat in to make her look like I knew she could and SHOULD. I peeled as much of the remaining veneer away, leaving just a little around the edges. Then, glued the legs in tightly, using my ole faithful, Elmer's Wood Glue. The drawers came out and the hardware off. Put the knobs down into a piece of Styrofoam just to give it somewhere to stand.
Now, since I hadn't gotten into chalk painting yet, I gave the drawers a good sanding with my 'Lil Mouse' by Black and Decker. Well, I did the rest of the chest as well. Ready to paint, I used a turquoise that I had mixed special at my local Glidden store. After brushing on two coats, I let dry for a couple hours. Then, using Miss Mousey again, I sanded back areas to give the piece that perfectly aged look........especially the corners and edges of the chest.
Taking a soft cloth, I rubbed on Minwax special walnut, then almost immediately rubbed it off. This ages the piece and gives it a nice soft sheen at the same time. The Minwax will probably take a day or so to dry, according to the humidity.
I liked the knobs, so thought I 'd use them, but the color just didn't work now. They were kinda brownish, rusty looking. Soooo, all I did was pick up a tiny bit of the turquoise paint on a soft brush. Then, on a paper towel, brush most of it back off. This is called dry brushing. So, now brush over your hardware, leaving just a hint of color, and waaalaaa...........WHAT A CHANGE.
Ya'll hurry back to see me. I'm workin on a Victorian rocker that I think is a CUTIE. See you soon. 8-)
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