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

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

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

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

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

  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

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