Friday, 28 February 2014

Oak Chest of Drawers - painted grey with chalk paint

When I saw this chest of drawers, I was drawn to the beautiful wood and Art Nouveau handles.  Starting with how things finished - here's how it looks at the shop.

And here's how things started out.  The chest is heavy polished solid oak - beautiful wood.

However there have been some changes - originally, it would have had a mirror and some small shelves fitted to the top.  These have been removed, I bet they were beautifully carved, maybe the mirror was salvaged and now hangs on someone's wall...

The sides have taken some knocks too along the way.

But look at those fantastic Arts and Crafts handles, all perfect condition - aren't they beautiful?

 I filled in and sanded all the damage and got to work using Autentico chalk paint in Loft colour.  Painting the whole shell and finished with clear wax and a sealer to the top to protect, leaving a soft shine.

It really accentuates the shape of the carved wood and leaves the warmth of the oak.  The drawers have been polished up and put back into the unit.

Ready for a new home - a lot of admiration from men so far, must be quite a masculine piece :-)