This piece started out life in pretty good condition but was bland and boring. No one would pick her out of a lineup, that's for sure. She needed love. L-O-V-E I say!
I have had this tint 'blueberry twist' sitting on the shelf for a while now, and I finally blew the dust off the lid and decided to give it a go. I mixed the tint into my dulux diamond and turned into a chalk paint.
It got pretty decent coverage which sometimes dark or bright colours can be temperamental about. Ive had some bad luck with reds that take about 7 coats to convince you that they are in fact paint and not stain. Three would have been enough, but I decided to go for four as I wanted it to be perfect, plus I accidently mixed up too much chalkpaint and figure I might as well use it up as I find the DIY stuff doesn't have the longest shelf life.
Mr. Chuckle's was called in to lend some expertise and help me add the custom legs which I painted out gold prior to attaching. The difference is amazing. Those legs are little tools in a magician's kit. I always marvel at how remarkable a transformation is when you add legs to a stumpy piece. It stops looking like a 'dresser' and starts looking like a piece of furniture; fit for any living area in the house.
These new stilettos take the piece to 37" tall now. Whistle whistle.
I didn't use wax, instead I finished with satin polyurethane which makes for a wonderful finish. It has a great sheen without being cheap looking or showing every little blemish.
I used some chevron paper in navy and turquoise and modpodged it to the inside drawers for a bit of whimsy.
Rub n buff was conscripted into action and used on all of the original hadware. I love gold at the moment, I know it isn't for everyone (or every piece) but I think it is catching and making a comeback.
Moving this piece was backbreaking even with my backbrace on (yep, I wear a backbrace - safety first boys and girls). I do my refinishing in the workshop (garage) and we bring pieces in to the house to photograph, but Im in the process of creating a staging wall in the garage because the constant shifing of furniture is starting to take its toll. The garage won't be quite as flashy as the walls are not in perfect condition, but Im hoping that I can swing it somehow.
And to end on a bright note, I saw a flower today while out on my run. A real live one! I had to do a double take because for a second I thought someone stuck a fake one into the ground. Spring has finally sprung!
And the Before!