Sunday, April 1, 2012

CHEST OF DRAWERS MAKEOVER



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-)



Linkin' up to these fun parties:
http://madeinaday.com/2012/08/30/made-u-look-linky-39/

http://www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com/2012/10/happy-october-we-finally-made-it-i-am.html


27 comments:

  1. This is amazing! What an undertaking too! I love the color and stain! It's a great piece now! Thanks for the tutorial! I'm always in the market for great tips! I love it!

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    1. It was an undertaking. But, those are the ones that are most rewarding. Thanks for visiting.

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  2. Love the color!! Visiting from shabbygals.blogspot.com....following you back!!

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  3. That turned out gorgeous! I love the color you chose!

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  4. Candy: How great the chest turned out. It's so fun to make something beautiful again..Happy Sunday..Judy

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Judy. Visit again soon.

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    1. Girl, you get around. I see you everywhere I go here in blogland!!! 8-) Thanks for the comment.

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  6. Love everything about this and yes, I've had many of those "what was I thinking when I bought this" moments :)

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  7. Oh what a sweet colour and finish! I'm following you now too.

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    1. Thanks for following Elizabeth!!

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  8. love the dresser and the color you chose is delightful and so current...great job...

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  9. Beautiful Makeover, I love your dresser:-)
    Hugs, Biljana

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    1. I love your name.......Biljana, so different.

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  10. Awwww! Saweet! Love, love, love:)


    xx
    Sumaya

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  11. Beautiful makeover! One of my favorite colors!

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  12. This is one beautiful makeover. The color is delicious and the Minwax really steps it up a notch!!!
    Well, I am following (anonymously, as I always do)so as not to hurt feelings. But I still don't see my silhouette at the end of your google followers. However, you show up in my Dashboard google reader list. Maybe it will eventually show up on your end.
    Anyway, kudos on this amazing dresser.
    ML

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    1. ML.......thanks so much. And, thanks for following.

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  13. Excellent! It looks beautiful now! I loved the Parkinson Paintings too...and the chair! Still looking around. Thanks for your sweet comment on my posting about the driftwood coffee table! xo wendy

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  14. I'm so glad that I'm following you! LOVE the color. Great work and thanks for the inspiration:)

    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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  15. Candy,
    Love it! I love this turquoise you use, it's gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.
    Michelle

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