After taking a break from painting furniture for a bit….(my father’s health has not been good and I have been spending time with him each day….) I decided to pull this beauty out of the garage and get to work..and it feels great!!
While her bones are good–there are some rough spots as you can see above…Cons–a HUGE deep gouge in the top drawer and a pretty rough top…..and it has veneer covering the drawers….I am not sure why but painting veneer always makes me nervous…Pros–great detail that will look really stand out once distressed and those legs…I LOVE vintage turned legs on a dresser and another huge pro someone really put some effort forth on straightening and repairing the drawers–once again GREAT BONES!
I ALWAYS remove all the drawers and inspect them -if you are refurbishing a piece for resale your customers are going to do this so you need to be certain you KNOW your piece….Inspect the bottom runners if your drawer has them and if not the runners will be on the dresser frame-most drawer problems I have found can be easily fixed by tightening/straightening the runners on the bottom of the drawer and or frame……once it is fixed run a piece of soap along them or a candle to help the drawer pull a bit smoother.
Repair work…..I always use Gorilla Glue and clamps to tighten up loose pieces and Elmers Wood Filler to fill holes and repair small gouges…Sand your wood filler once dry and reapply until smooth…….
I usually use an air compressor to blow out the entire piece-or a shop vac to clean it out…..you must remove all the dirt and dust prior painting….I wipe the piece down with TSP Cleaner before I start painting…..once dry I always tape off the sides of the drawers to avoid any over paint on the sides…..
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint OLD WHITE for this piece–Once the entire piece was painted (and dried over night) I followed up by using a light wax mixed with Annie Sloan PARIS GREY…..This was the FIRST time I mixed the wax and paint and I really like the look it gave the piece…very subtle….but noticeable…you will be able to notice in the finished pictures below…
I mixed the wax and paint and lightly applied it to the piece……using my wax brush to work in the grooves…
Then I distressed with a 200 grit sand paper along the trim and some of the main dresser areas –and LIGHTLY went over some of the areas with a dark wax……then dry brushed the hardware with Annie Sloan Old White….I used a bit of stain along the trim pieces that outline the drawers to add some depth…..
Carter Cottage My Monday Muse