Monday, April 9, 2012

Furniture Facelift

Five Dollars at local Church Resale Shop...

Plastic drawer fronts and gum was included as an extra bonus - Gross!

I liked the French Provincial 70's era look to the night stand.
This night stand became my spring break project.

Zinsser odorless oil based primer is a lifesaver. No sanding. This was necessary to use to get the paint to stick to the plastic drawer fronts.

Corrugated cardboard used for shelves between the drawers..really???

I chose Island Infinity as the base coat color. The store clerk insisted I use flat latex wall paint since I was going to do a treatment over it anyway. It was cheaper.

I thought I still had some leftover glaze from painting my dining room set, but I must have been mistaken. I couldn't find it anywhere.

I was in such a hurry to see the end product that I just used black acrylic craft paint in some water and did a black wash over the piece. I immediately wiped it with a wet rag to get desired aging effect.
I then applied 2 coats of wipe-on poly varnish. That stuff is amazingly easy to use. I used an old t-shirt to apply first coat, waited 3 hours and then applied the second coat. TA DAaaa!

It looks so much better now. I am loving it. I have a picture frame, shelf, and magazine rack that is going to get the same treatment.

My sister and a friend suggested that I leave the handles as they were. They just got a good scrubbing. It is cool how the original golden paint is settled in the cracks and crevices of the handles.

And I finally got a new patio. Pictures to come soon.




Linda Ruthie said...

Nice redo on that. Did you have to sand or scrape off the gum? Yuk!

Pieceful Bits said...

Yes, I had to scrape the gum off....gross!

Creative Breathing said...

Julie, I was beyond excited to see your "hello" today! I have had fun looking through your past posts. Love the peep posts best! And the sugary castles are so sweet! No one does glitter better than you! Again, it is so sweet of you to drop by! Until next time, Elizabeth

Creative Breathing said...

PS I forgot to say how wonderful your dresser turned out. I have some furniture just like this and didn't know I could paint over the smooth finish. Thanks for the tip! E