A couple of months ago, I had told you about a treasure box of rusty goodness that I was blessed with by a man who had generously delivered a stash of furniture I had purchased from a garage sale around the corner. The only reason he thought to bless me with them was because of this lovely highboy chest of drawers below.
Okay, yes this is completely gorgeous in its original form. I mean, just look at the inlays, the design, and the craftsmanship. Stunning.
However, one of its wooden wheels on the front caster had been broken, leaving the caster empty. He knew how hard it was to find one to replace it. That tackle box of casters was a major SCORE!! God is good.
As much as I would have loved to refinish this chest of drawers back to its original glory, there was some irreparable damage. Something had spilled and stained the top, and the side veneer was missing large pieces. So in order to give this lovely lady the true makeover she deserved, I want to go all out to give her a show-stopping, dolled up, look-at-me-now face-lift.
After applying wood filler to the sides, and sanding down wear, I used Kilz as a base coat to hide that top stain, and then finished with a coat of antique white paint using Webster’s chalk paint powder. That gave the dresser a fresh new look.
All I kept thinking was that she needed some jewelry. See those pearl looking details?
Now for the fun part. Because I didn’t really want to hide that fantastic inlaid work with paint, I wanted to draw it out in “jewelry” style. A girl needs to be glamorous every once in a while, right? To create the bejeweled effect I used Modern Masters Champagne Metallic paint and Folk Art Pearl White Metallic paint.
I just love to hand paint, almost find therapy in it, and adding that texture to the piece made painting it worthwhile.
I am so pleased with how it came out. After finishing the process with a hand-rubbed topcoat of natural wax, I just stepped back and sighed.
Isn’t she lovely? swoon….
Yet again, I really debated on keeping this one for my little princesses. They already have furniture, but nothing as glamorous as this gal.
The dresser didn’t last long in my shop, as you can imagine. Another happy ending for a dresser that was hiding in a garage, for me having the pleasure to glam it up, and for the new owner getting to enjoy it to the full.
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