Monday, 11 February 2013

The White Painted Dresser...

This lovely dressing table has been painted with Old White chalk paint and is finished off with clear wax.

Here's how she looked before I started the beauty therapy...

What a wreck... 

Scratches, lumps out of the veneer, looked like she's been in a cat fight and just about ready to go in the trash - was what the lady told me when I carted her off home.   A very sad tale indeed!!

But she has some great features, like the mirror.  The patina in the glass is in the right place, around the sides without really interfering in the centre.

I've been working on the handles too - they are really pretty.  One coat of paint and they'll get waxed and buffed up.

So nearly there as far as looks go. But I have quite a lot of finishing.  One of the drawers is really sticky so I have to find the right places to sand it.  The tops of the drawers are finished with a bit of gold 'bling' along the top.

This is the dresser after a couple of coats and before the final 'distressing', sanding and checking all the surfaces to make sure they are finished properly.

After waxing, the dark wood comes through stronger and the chalky white surface is sealed, buffed and has a soft sheen.  The handles are waxed and sealed and polished too.

She's turned into a beauty!