Saturday, August 16, 2014

REFINISHING AN OLD CHEST


Usually I would show the before of a project
before I show the after, but this one turned out
so good I wanted it to be the first picture you saw.
This is a chest that a friend gave me that had been his mothers'.
Maybe 60-70 years old.

This is the before picture.
It had once been stained and his mother had
painted over that.
Being that it is so old I don't think it had been
primed before it was painted.

Here's more of a close up.
As you can see the paint was cracked and peeling.
But I saw potential.

After scrapping, sanding, more scrapping and more sanding
I was finally able to start priming.
For some reason I failed to get a picture of the piece before
I started the priming. Just let me say, it
was a lot of work.
But anyway, here are the drawers all primed and ready for paint.


Here they are painted and ready for the antiquing step.


I took off the brass hardware and just washed
them in warm soapy water.


Here they are all cleaned up.


Here are some close up shots.


I thought the antiquing would show off the details of the chest.


Quite a bit of fancy details.


Fancy feet on the front.


More detail.


Another shot of the full piece.


I decided to put it upstairs in the kids bedroom.
Those are the kids piggy banks.


But there you have it, my new-old chest.


The Lord is my light and my salvation-
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life-
of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1

Feel free to leave a comment. I love to read them. Thanks

28 comments:

  1. Hello Lyn, You did a wonderful job on this! I love all the details, and now it has new life and might just be around another 60 or 70 years. I also think that the mirror that you set on it gives it even more charm. Nice addition to your home :)

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    1. Thank you Connie for your sweet comment.

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  2. Lovely chest! What a lucky piece of furniture to let you get your hands on it. You do such nice work and what an imagaination - color is perfect.

    Karen Eanes

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  3. Great chest and you made it look beautiful again! The hardware is to die for!

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  4. I love the style of this dresser. What gorgeous hardware!

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  5. Well done! Thanks for sharing this at the Vintage Inspiration Party! I'll be featuring you at Knick of Time this week!
    Angie
    KnickofTime.net

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    1. Thank you so much. Please stop by again.

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  6. Hi there! Just dropping by to tell you that I love your dresser makeover and I've picked it as one of my features this week on the Link It or Lump It Link party! Stop by and grab a brag button and link up again! - Melissa @ Silhouette School http://www.silhouetteschool.blogspot.com/2014/08/link-it-or-lump-it-link-party-52-plus.html

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  7. Such a pretty makeover!! Great job and thanks for sharing at Link It or Lump It this week :-)

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  8. Just gorgeous! You are one of the features at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2014/10/anything-blue-friday-week-72.html Hope to see you again at the little soiree. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  9. I'm a sucker for this color! What a beautiful job!!!

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  10. The hardware is incredible and that color is irresistible!

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  11. Lyn I'm featuring your gorgeous dresser at the DIY Sunday Showcase Party this weekend!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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  12. Gorgeous piece! What a great find and the color is just stunning! Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Friday! Pinning and sharing!

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  13. Love it what a fantastic piece you did a great job! Thank you for sharing at Share it One More Time

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  14. This looks so incredible! Loving it! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7. Lou Lou Girls

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  15. Great makeover! I love the color!

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  16. Amazing transformation! Love the antiquing and the color is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing at #OhMyHeartsieGirlsWW! Have a beautiful week!

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  17. Hi, I just wanted to let you know I have chosen your beautiful transformation as a feature on our Wordless Wednesday link party, head over to my page and grab a feature button! Beautiful work, well done!! http://fromevijawithlove.com/home/wordless-wednesday-link-party-july/

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  18. Wow, you did an amazing job! Love the color, and the antiquing gives it nice dimension.

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  19. Nice work. Thank you for sharing at Your Inspired Design Link Party.

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  20. Beautiful work! Thanks for linking up to Home Matters Party. #HomeMattersParty http://cu-rio.net/home-matters-linky-party-62/

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  21. This turned out great. However, would you explain the product and process that you used to do the antiquing? That is the most intriguing detail!

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    1. Sure. When ever I'm antiquing with black I just use a gloss finish black paint. I think this was a premixed can of gloss black by Rustoleum. I lightly dry brush it on. If I get too much in one area I go over that area with a rag dipped in alcohol. Just gently rub over it. That will lightly remove the excess. If I take too much off I can then add some more black paint. The secret is a very light touch. Hope this helps

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