I forgot to take a before picture!! Oh never mind, here's the story so far...
This is a HUGE, antique mahogany chest of drawers, he weighs a ton - a friend has named him 'the beast'. Well OK, he's looking more friendly now with a coat of paint!
I wanted to make him more distressed than my usual level of shabbying up. The dark mahogany of the antique wood was just so dark, rich and generally gorgeous.
I mixed a custom colour - Duck Egg was too green and Antique Turquoise too bright, so I got the colour I wanted somewhere in the middle. He's been painted all over with a couple of coats and then some really scratchy work was done with sandpaper - looks more chippy.
The original handles were a disappointing brass replacement. Originally, the handles would have been large wooden 'buttons' and I've changed them back to glass buttons with antique hardware. Don't you love those legs???
The grain inside the drawers is really strong, so I've painted in a very neutral colour of cream and left them shabby too - but uplifted.
I'm going to miss him when he's gone. He's had a liberal dose of clear wax all over to create a soft shine and a small amount of dark wax added just to antique up a little bit - here and there...
A really amazing piece of furniture, full of character - I just love him to bits :-)