Monday, November 25, 2013

Bonne Nuit Chest

My son recently sent me a text that there was some "old furniture" at a yard sale.  Since "old furniture" is the magic word, I was on my way!

There were two pieces - a matching dresser & chest of drawers.  The finish was a mess on both of them but they were definitely salvageable - and the price was right.  In my haste to get started, I forgot to take a "before" picture of the chest but it was in the same condition as this matching dresser.

Here's the rehabbed chest of drawers.

I wanted to have some fun with this one and bring out all of the great detail and even add a "Good Night" from

After sanding I put two coats of Zinsser latex primer on to prevent any bleed through.  It was painted with homemade chalk paint in Behr Flint Smoke and the detail was painted with Behr River Rock and Valspar Transit Pass.  It is lightly distressed and antiqued with glaze tinted with Graphite craft paint.  The finish on the body is waxed and the top is protected with two coats of Wipe-On Poly after a stain of MinWax Dark Walnut.

I kept the original hardware but painted it with Martha Stewart's Pewter Metallic Paint, then dry brushed with MS Silver Metallic Paint.

There's definitely nothing boring about this chest - not even inside the drawers!


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