A Matching Chest of Drawers Update

This chest of drawers is part of a set that I am refinishing for a client. I completed the dresser (check it out here) a couple of months ago, but had to put the chest on the backburner due to the Lucketts show.

This is what I started out with… what you can’t see is the REALLY badly peeling veneer on one side and a seriously messed up bottom drawer, but other than that it was in not too bad of shape!

BEFORE

Oh so much better right? The wood is stained dark walnut and the body is painted in Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Refinished vintage chest of drawers

All of the the wood had to be sanded to remove the flaking top coat and I had to remove one whole side of veneer! I used a combination of heat gun & scraper and 80 grit sandpaper to remove the veneer.

Refinished vintage chest of drawers

I distressed the wood embellishments and then applied a coat of Gold Rub-n-Buff.

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Love this beautiful veneer work in the center!

Fabulous veneer on dresser front

I used Watco Danish Oil , dark wax and clear wax for the stained areas and just clear wax for the painted sections. The whole piece was then buffed with 0000 steel wool and polished with a soft cloth.  I also soaked the handles in ammonia overnight and then rinsed and brushed them good to highlight their natural beauty.

Old White painted chest of drawers

This is my handsome photo bomber, he LOVES to get in the shot and when I sat on the deck to take pictures he came over to supervise, he’s so funny! In case you’re wondering he’s a 5 1/2 year old Blue Weimaraner and about as sweet as it gets!

Blue Weimaraner

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest project! Come back anytime!

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Rocking Chair Makeover

Have I mentioned before that I dislike painting chairs? I think I have, but if not I’ll tell you why… they take FOR-EV-ER! All those little spindles to paint, distress, wax and buff… very time consuming. I haven’t painted any chairs in a while but I have a TON coming up, 2 dining sets worth! Before I get to those chairs though I had a client of mine bring me this really nice Windsor style rocking chair to update for her baby’s room. So here we go…

BEFORE

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Lucky for me she fell in love with and purchased the chest below which will coordinate with her vintage walnut bed that will be in the bedroom eventually.

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She wanted the rocking chair to be finished the same as the drawers on the chest. So first I sprayed the chair with a white primer, not because I needed to but because we wanted a secondary color to show through when the chair was distressed. The top coat formula is a 50/50 mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Provence and Florence, such a pretty color!

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This is what the color looks like after I distressed and oiled it with Watco Rejuvenating Oil.

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Here is the same arm after an application of Briwax dark wax, it changes the color to a very pretty soft green-blue. You can clearly see the difference when compared to the seat.

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WOW! I just think this rocking chair is a stunner now!

Painted rocking chair with ASCP Provence and Florence

All these great lines accentuated with the distressing!

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This chair has the look of a much used and loved antique now!

Distressed and refinished rocking chair

Even though this rocking chair is going in the baby’s room it would look great anywhere… even in my Sunroom Winking smile

Distressed and refinished rocking chair

Hopefully this chair will get to enjoy lots of rocking time with the baby!

Hope you enjoyed this makeover!

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