Roadside Find – Chest of Drawers

Like I’ve said before, I’m cheap.  I have no problem whatsoever loading up a piece of furniture from the side of the road.  Especially when I had a little one on the way and a bedroom to furnish.

One of our neighbors had moved out and when they did, they left a bunch of stuff for the garbage collectors to pick up.  This chest being one of them!  Yes – it was tacky and the drawers were worn but I saw the potential. Chest of Drawers Before

Here is what I did:

  1. Removed Hardware
  2. Sanded the mess out of it
  3. First layer Antique Valspar Signature paint
  4. Let dry
  5. Second layer: Blue Sail Valspar Signature–  30% water, 70% paint
  6. Let dry
  7. Sand a little
  8. Third layer: Tawny Valspar Signature – 30% water, 70% paint
  9. Let dry
  10. Sand a little to let the other colors peek through

Most people call the technique of using 30% water and 70% water whitewashing. I wanted the whitewashed look but without the white… if you want to do a white wash, your last layer should probably be white. :p

Next we had to find new hardware hardware… I found some really cute knobs but couldn’t decide on handles.

Chest of Drawers After

We are going for the nautical theme in my son’s room so we decided to try and wrap some twine around some simple handles.  I think it came out pretty cute.

So… when all is said and done, here is the chest. Sorry the poor lighting and the glare – It’s in my son’s closet and I couldn’t get the best light.

ImageIt may help to use some sort of sealer to protect the paint from chipping. I painted my son’s bookshelf and changing table using the same technique.  I got lazy on his changing table (there are so many spindles and slats) and I didn’t sand it enough before painting and now I’m noticing a few chips in the paint.  So make sure to sand it really good before painting and use a sealer.


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