Here's what we've been up to:
After the base and drawers of the dresser were painted and completely dry, I hand sanded with medium sand paper paying special attention to the corners and high points and lightly sanding all other areas. This does not have to look perfect. In fact if you try to make it all uniform it won't look aged and distressed. Start small and if you feel like it needs more when you're done, keep sanding. It's much easier to sand more later than to re-paint if you over-sanded.
I like to follow with a fine sanding block to get rid of the visible scratch lines left from the medium paper. It helps to soften everything back up again and sort of blend it all back together.
Think of this as your blending brush when you apply eye shadow. I dream about the days when I used to have enough time to actually apply 3 shades of shadow and actually used my blending brush. My stash of MAC eyeshadow (I was a bit obsessed when I was young and had $ to spend on myself) now sits all alone in a stashed away box somewhere just waiting to be used. Poor little dears.
Back on track. Post sanding, I applied a very small amount of the Minwax stain I used for the top of this dresser as a glaze. I used the same piece of canvas fabric that already had some stain soaked into the rag and lightly rubbed across the wood focusing on all of the areas where wood was exposed (to darken where it had sanded through to a lighter color) and lightly wiped in the direction of the grain and brush marks on the flat surfaces to give the piece a more worn and aged look.
|Notice how light the exposed wood was that shone through before applying the stain|
|The exposed wood is now a much richer color|
The drawers may not steal your hearts away solo, but check out the body of this dresser post sanding and stain. H.O.T.
Next, I cleaned up my beautiful little hardware with some awesome jewelery cleaner I picked up at a Women's Show a few years ago called "Razzle Dazzle". There are several of these on the market and I'm sure any would do the trick. I didn't want to get my hardware sparkly clean or new looking, I just wanted to freshen them up and get rid of some of the brassy color that was hiding the gorgeous silver.
|Notice how yellow it was before (on the left).|
She sure shined up purty!
I also finished the top of the dresser with Minwax Paste Finishing Wax instead of my typical regimen of Polyurethane per Miss Mustard Seed's recommendation. This container cost about $9 at Home Depot. Based on how much I used for the whole dresser top, this may very well last me a lifetime. :)
I wish you folks could see and feel this wood with your own eye balls. It is truly so beautiful and perfectly smooth. Also, I am no antique connoisseur but I like to think that these awesome squiggly lines I have in several places must be from some type of bug squiggling his way through (similar to worm holes). Am I totally crazy? Maybe don't answer that. Seriously though, does anyone know what these are?
Once all the exciting makeover aspects were finished, I decided to get busy working on the necessities for reviving this piece. Although the drawer fronts and sides were in pretty good condition still, the bottoms to each drawer were very warped, cracking, and just plain icky.
By we, I once again mean "he". What a good partner in crime.
I replaced the old panels with brand new 1/4" thick sheets of MDF
Next, I painted all of the original wood in the same creamy blue gray color, not worrying about the new inside panels since they will be covered shortly with decorative liners.
The paint gets to dry overnight (only because I can't do anything more until I have my liners selected) but I am headed into town tomorrow (that sounds so hick-ish... I just moved to a very small farm community after living in Salt Lake City my whole life) to pick up something fabulous. After that and after a few more repair items (adding stops, fixing one leg) and putting the hardware back on drawers, this baby will be finito! Can't wait to show her off.
Thanks for enduring painfully through this novel with me. I get loopier as the night gets darker, so forgive my ad lib comments. Perhaps I ought to try posting before midnight on occasion. Are any of you readers also more productive after 9 pm? Hopefully I am not alone...
I'm sharing this project with these fabulous peeps: