It’s been a fun run or making over the stash of furniture I purchased from a storage unit. If you need to catch up, you can see the previous pieces here: (1) Mid Century Modern dresser (2) antique dresser (3) waterfall chest. Now it’s time for the last piece from that haul of goodies. Needless to say I also have more from other places, but…here is an antique chest of drawers that looks like a match to the dresser I have in my bedroom. Isn’t it a beauty?
These classic pieces were built solid and will stand the test of time. That is, except their veneer. I always get disheartened to see one flaking away, but this chest was seriously parched and so very brittle.
You can see how the previous owners had tried to tape the veneer down to keep it from lifting. Each side and drawer had damage, but that’s nothing that a little wood filler and glue can’t fix.
I even love finding these unique markings on pieces like this that give you the history and show their craftsmanship.
To get this redo started, I begin by repairing and gluing down every loose piece of veneer I can find. There were patches everywhere and I ran out of clamps so that I had to use my locking pliers too! Hot mess happening here, let me tell ya. Oh, and notice my energetic sidekick. He’s standing guard to that the kids don’t mess with my clamps. Good dog! haha.
Next, I patch every spot I can find and let the wood filler cure. Once cured, I lightly sand it all down with my orbital sander and my Corner Cat sander. A whole lotta of sanding and gluing and more sanding. The entire piece had fluffy grain from being so dried out.
After all the prep work was done, it was time to get my paint groove on with this antique chest of drawers. I had hope to save some wood somewhere, but it all left much to be desired. So…here we go! Here’s my color scheme for this piece. I’m using Yankee Blue, Putty, and Drop Cloth along with 3 of my favorite Zibra Stubby Brushes. Yes, those brushes look like they’ve been around the block, but they last forever and keep on going.
For the sides of the cabinet, I used the Yankee Blue. No primer needed, just a good cleaning with White Lightening Cleaner to get rid of dirt and grime, plus promote awesome adhesion and we’re good to go.
And for the drawer fronts, I decide to do the same technique as I did on my recent antique dresser and blend the 3 together. This adds dimension and drama to the piece. I love it!
After doing two coats of the blending, I added some of my artwork. Because…it’s fun and I love to paint. Then once I added some detailing I used my Square Brush to accent with Brown Wax. I love the way this little brush does such amazing things. My older brushes get used for wax and handle the job beautifully.
Here she is all dressed up in blue and ready to go.
It’s fun to add the unique touches to a piece that is begging to shine. Many have asked why I don’t embellish like this more often and to be honest, it takes so much time and getting paid for my time is key since I have little to spare. I do these paintings for fun, mainly. I am an artist in many facets and this is just one of them that brings me much enjoyment.
In the past people have accused me of just slapping paint on a piece, and I take offense – who wouldn’t? I am an artist, whether it’s my trashure creations, my crochet, my cooking, my woodworking, my sewing, my gardening…you get the idea. It’s no different than someone painting a blank canvas or a wall, creating with textiles, wood, etc. It’s meant to be used as we see fit. I’m here to inspire YOU.
I can’t say enough that this truly was a fun project. As with most of the pieces I refinish, this antique chest of drawers is also available for purchase in my online shop. Stop by to see what’s new and sign up for my newsletter for instant discount on your first order.
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