I found this chest at an auction…here is what it looked like when I first saw it! It has some great details and trims and I could see the potential through the antiquing that had been done a while back over about six layers of paint. I knew those pulls had to go…
I had started out looking for a bookshelf, for my bedroom to replace a kitchen trestle table that I have used as a desk for oh, lets say 10 years! I envisioned a bookshelf with wicker baskets lining the shelves with all my things tucked neatly away!
I had found a rough basic handmade (probably shop quality) bookcase that I was going to fix up with some molding and paint and probably lots of time.
Right up until I saw this baby! I got it for $65!
It couldn’t be more perfect for what I wanted. The drawers are very deep and wide and hold everything that I need to stow away. The bottom drawer is dedicated to my things listed on etsy. Very handy to have them all in one drawer. I sanded it really well, learning fast that the trim is actually plaster, not wood, so I had to be really careful.
I used Glidden paint with primer, not my first choice, but it was OK. The color is a soft blue, sort of a blue waters color. I wanted to do some glazing but loved the color so much that I decided to distress the piece and not glaze. I used two coats of paint and then Minwax satin lacquer. I love that lacquer—it gives such a nice luster to the piece and it protects the paint.
I am so pleased with it and it looks great in my bedroom.
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