The drawers were all wobbly and the veneer was a mess as well, but I looked at it as an awesome challenge.
My husband thought I was totally out of my bloody mind!
Heck! It was only $17.00, I wasn't out that much if it all was a bust!
The first task was to remove all the peeling veneer after killing my back pulling off linoleum. WHO in their
completely whack out right mind would E-ver cover the top of a solid wood piece with crappy 1960-ish linoleum???? If that wasn't hard enough, I had to chisel the veneer off the top and the front of the drawers.
Once I got a rhythm going, it became pretty easy though.
But it does give your biceps and triceps a good workout!
I must say that taking the veneer off the top of the drawers was great because it exposed a great set of wood planks with really cool wormholes in it.
Repairs like securing wobbly drawers were done as well. The *bones* of the dresser were solid though!
Once that *job* was completed, I gave her two coats of ASCP in Graphite.
Big difference already!
I left some of the veneer on the drawers and painted them the same colors I was preparing for the French ad I was hand painting on the lower two drawers.
I painted the "parchment paper" part of the ad first. I used a combination of Coco and Old White to achieve the look instead of having one solid color as the background.
Then I drew the ad on top of the background using a watercolor pencil in the colors I needed the paint to be.
All that was left was painting the drawing using paint pens:
I also decided to draw a little accent on the top of the drawers that matched the scrollwork from the ad itself.
Once painted, I literally used 4 coats of wax on this because I'm using it as a TV stand in the family room and it's going to
get banged up see a lot of action in there. Three coats of clear and one coat of dark wax, with a nice buffing between each, should do it. Only light distressing with a fine sanding block was used though.
Once finished, this is how she turned out:
I am SO in love with the drawer pulls. They were a great find today.
After being in the family room, let's hope she looks the same this time next year!
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