Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Before and after of the antique chest

I painted five pieces of furniture in the girls' room, plus all the art and mirrors, so I've been sharing pieces one at a time instead of one super long post. 

Today I wanted to show you the before of this chest.

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This was passed down to me from my great Aunt Frances along with a matching four poster bed. I was using it in my son's room, but decided since it had seen better days, it would be great painted. This is what it looked like. I had obviously already sanded one of the drawers and taken off some of the hardware before I remembered to take a photo.


It was pretty bad.


I sanded it all down, then painted with white Rustoleum spray paint to coat the whole thing first. I then rolled on white latex paint over the whole piece. 
I came back with a brush and painted the grey I used on the walls, "Persian Seed Pearl" into the design.


After that dried, I brushed silver metallic craft paint into the grooves and wiped it off with a wet cloth. 
I then sanded around all the edges for a little distressing then applied clear paste wax to the white parts, and dark wax to the grey sections. I spray painted the hardware with Rustoleum Metallic silver. 


I painted and distressed a couple pieces from the old house to hang above the chest, and also painted some old candlesticks. I started with a coat of flat black spray paint, then dry brushed on silver metallic craft paint. 


I love how it all came together.


The paint really brought out the design in the wood and I'm sure my Aunt Frances would approve:-)


I used what I had and I'm very happy with the results.
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10 comments:

  1. it's totally amazing, Anita. The contrasting painted inset really makes it a work of art!

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  2. Your chest is so gorgeous and unique! I love it and it looks so great in your fabulous bedroom!

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  3. You did an amazing job on this piece, Anita! It turned out beautifully!

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  4. You transformed that piece into an piece that your Great Aunt Frances would be so over joyed with!...Stunning!!..

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  5. That looks amazing Anita! You've given it new life for sure!
    Vanessa

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  6. hi Anita- I just found you and love what you have done with the furniture in your girls'room. I'm sure Aunt Frances would approve! Isn't painting furniture such a wonderful way to transform our homes.
    cheers fiona

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  7. The dresser is a stunner Anita-great job!

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