Sunday, June 23, 2013

Next up...

When my aunt moved to Arizona, she gave me my grandmother's dresser.  Because the finish was horrible, I used Formby's refinishing solution to remove it.  The dresser has been in an "unfinished" state for years about 8 years.  I had every intention of re-staining it and putting on a couple of coats of wipe on poly.  Well, that never occurred.  Then I discovered chalk paint and thought I would paint it.  Well, I thought about that for a year.  I struggled with the idea of painting it until I realized that my grandmother would totally be in favor of me doing whatever I decided.

The dresser is mahogany and has a beautiful grain.

I love the little detail on the top.

I think these fluted details will be especially gorgeous after I apply dark wax.
I have seen dressers on the internet with both painted and stained features.  Because I do love the mahogany, I am going to leave the drawer fronts and the top in the natural wood.  The frame, sides and scroll piece on the top will be duck egg blue...or at least my version of duck egg!  (I picked up a quart of Behr's latex in flat and tinted to as close a match as I could get.  I will add plaster of Paris and make my own version of "chalk" paint.)

To test the paint color (and see if I really like it) I am going to paint this first.

My mom just gave me this old footstool to use to climb up into my bed.  It is obviously hand crafted and was probably made by my grandfather.

Off to mix up paint!


Michelle said...

Have fun. I can't wait to see finished product. Don't fall off that stool!

cindy the cottage chick said...

Somehow I missed this post while on vaca...I think your idea for the paint treatment sounds awesome. It will fit the style perfectly! Can't wait to see it :)