Since I'm still waiting for the pictures stored to my laptop to be recovered, here are the best "before"s I've got that were taken with my phone, after the drawers had been removed. Hopefully you get the idea.
These legs are seeeeeeexy. There is also a fabulous little hand carved detail in the center of this bottom section.
They are the daintiest little antique silver pulls, and the two top drawers (not shown, but super small) have these darling oval little knobs. They will go back on exactly as is when the dresser is finished, aside from a quick cleaning to de-germify :)
I love the hand carved detail on this bottom drawer.
It didn't take long for me to get to work on this beauty. Because she is so old, there are a few repairs that we have to do. I say "we" because I volunteer my sweets' services for the tasks that I don't enjoy doing, and he is so much better at figuring out how to fix things. Good thing he's an engineer.
Working around the issues that we need to repair, I got to work sanding the top slab of wood with my electric sander.
I used a coarse sand paper (80 grit) for the first round, to get all of the stain and varnish off. This can be very time consuming, and requires some effort (even with an electric sander). Plan on skipping your arm routine at the gym that day- this will tone your arms right up. When sanding wood, follow the grain of the wood and work in small sections at a time.
It took me about an hour and a half to completely sand down the top of this small-ish dresser top, including my second round with the fine sandpaper and an ever so small Diet Coke and Chocolate-covered-pomegranet-balls break.
Hey, I burned a lot of calories sanding. Give me a break. BTW if you haven't tried these little balls of heaven, head immediately to your nearest Costco and pick yourself up a bag. You can thank me later.
Once I had uncovered this gorgeous wood grain, I applied my favorite stain, Minwax Wood Finish in the color Jacobean.
It is the darkest you can go before ebony, which looks almost black. This is the same finish I used for the Thomasville dresser. This small 8 oz. container is only about half way empty and I used several coats on both projects. Unless you refinish a lot of furniture, I would recommend purchasing the small size. This cost me about $5 from Home Depot.
I applied this finish with a leftover scrap of drop cloth fabric from my chair and was sure to wear gloves. I have done this before without gloves and had even scarier hands than I already do all weekend. Wear the gloves, folks. I dab some stain onto a very clean piece of fabric, and then wipe the glaze onto the wood in long straight lines going with the grain of the wood.
Once I have covered the whole surface, I go back and "buff" the stain into the wood really well with a quick circular motion. After allowing the stain to dry and darken for approx 10 minutes, I repeat this process until I reach the desired color. For this dresser, I applied about 6 coats. The end color is such a rich color that still highlights the gorgeous natural wood grain. I love it. I have a feeling you will be seeing many more projects in this same finish from Penny Wenny.
The next day, I painted.
I wanted a really pale blue/gray color so I went to my lab and mixed together some colors I already had until I created the perfect blend. Because the paints I used were paint and primer in one, I skipped the step that I would normally take of spraying or rolling with Kilz original primer.
I applied 2 coats of paint with my 2 1/2 " Behr paint brush that I got on sale for 75% off from HomeDepot.com a few weeks ago. I'm a Purdy gal, so I was skeptical but so far I am pleased. I'm willing to try anything for 75% off.
|The lighting in this picture is horrible but it is truest to the actual color of the paint|
I love the contrast between this dark rich top and the soft creamy gray blue base. Gorgeous...
The drawers were painted the same way, and lined up to dry.
I almost finished the makeover tonight, but am going to keep you on the edge of your seats for just a bit longer to see everything else that I did. I'm sure you are all biting your nails in anticipation. Hang in there, and come back soon to see this beauty transformed.
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