Do you know that old country tune by Gene Autry, “Back in the Saddle Again”? I told you when I work that music comes to mind. This ditty became my theme song as this is the first big project I’ve done since my shoulder injury. The challenge ahead of me was to take this damaged dresser and give it a new look to bring it back to life. This time I’m going with a farmhouse chic finish. Check it out…
This was another one of those cases where I purchased something sight unseen. ahem. I had the guy deliver this and another gem I have yet to show you, and I was a bit miffed when I looked close. I was told it was in “great shape and only had minor wear”.
First, take a look at that back right corner – that’s a whole chunk missing! Not only that, but one of the drawers had been haphazardly rebuilt. So, lesson learned again. I honestly can’t complain too much. I have two great pieces delivered for free from a half hour away . Bonus: they’re solid, quality pieces. They just need some love.
Now, normally I just use a tiny bit of wood filler, but a hole of that size requires the big guns come out to play. This is when I make use of auto-body filler. (dramatic music begins to play…) I aint’ foolin’ when I say this stuff is hard as a rock when cured and works wonders on major damage like the spot I have.
Like any epoxy, you mix different ratios together to get a highly stinky concoction and you have a small time window to work quickly. Slap it on leaving some extra to sand down, and let it cure about 20 minutes. However, there are also plenty of other blemishes that require the wood filler.
Last, once all was cured, I sanded with my favorite sander and got a new top to work with.
Whew! Time to move on to the fun part. (enter in theme music for the day)
Because I’m after a farmhouse chic look with layers and time-worn appeal. I start out by applying a base coat of DecoArt Chalky Finish paint in Vintage.
Then, once the first coat is dry I am ready for the second layer. I only use one coat of the Vintage color and then am going to use a whitewash. Thankfully, I ab able to knock out this second layer of whitewash in no time. All I need to do now is distress and topcoat with my handmade furniture wax.
Finally, are you ready to see the after? I’m lovin’ the new look…
It was missing casters, so I dove into my ginormous caster stash and plugged some in.
Likewise, the distressing helps to create that time-worn look we’re after and really brings out the details of the dresser.
And you know I love playing with my vignettes. Love me some #trashure! (see what I’m talking about HERE).
As with most of my projects, this lovely new addition can be found in my shop (SOLD) if you would like to make it your own.
Additionally, pin and share this project so that others can learn a few tips and tricks to help them make their house a home.
Next up, I’ll be working on this antique radio cabinet. I am so tickled to show you my secret plan. tee hee hee. Head HERE TO SEE.