This is the chest that I painted. The before photo is below.
This is the BEFORE photo. I had started testing my paint on one drawer when I realized I had not taken any photos of the original chest. You can see how the stained finish is badly in need of refinishing. This photo is before I lightly sanded the entire piece.
Notice the missing brass pull on the top left drawer. It disappeared while I was polishing the pulls. These are antique pulls and very difficult to replace. I have been searching online and have found a few items that might work but none that are an exact match. Makes me very sad. I will have to find a replacement or change all of the pulls. Like I said, it makes me sad.
This photo more accurately captures the actual color of the chest. The latex paint was purchased at Lowe’s. I love their Valspar Signature© base paint. It is a paint and primer mix which saves a step and I am a big fan of saving steps. The color I chose is “Dill.” It is from the Eddie Bauer© Lakeside Cottage collection. I used an unsanded grout, mixed with the paint and a bit of water, to make a “chalk” type of paint. The grout color is “magnolia” and is a very dark green. I was happily surprised that it didn’t change the color too much.
Now, if I could just find that little piece of hardware….
Recipe for the paint: For each cup of latex paint, add 1-2 tablespoons unsanded grout. I used a plastic paint bucket with measurement markers to mix the paint. The paint will continue to thicken while you are using it unless you work pretty quickly. Add water as needed to thin the mixture to the consistency you want.
Until next time…. Vicki
Update: I found the missing hardware in our move to another house! It was stuck inside one of the drawers!