I left off my last post teasing you guys with a cliff hanger.....
I showed you this chest.....
When Kris and I stumbled upon this at the auction house, it looked like this.
It had a mirror attached to the top.
I felt that the mirror made it look like a 1940's piece of furniture, which is probably what it is.
I wanted the mirror off, so I could hang a different one over the chest.
I prefer vertical rectangular mirrors over horizontal ones.
The ceiling in Kris's bedroom is high, so I wanted something that would relate to the room better.
We didn't know how the mirror was attached to the dresser, so Kris had a delivery company move it to my house.
It couldn't fit in either of our cars with the mirror on.
I figured it was screwed from inside the piece, and that we would have to take all the drawers out to get to the screws.
We're old, and don't want to work that hard.
When the delivery guys showed up with the mirror separated from the body.....
I asked them how they removed it.....
and they said.....
It was removed before they even got to the place to pick it up!!!!!
It was only...
ATTACHED WITH DOWELS!!!!!
I felt very very stoopid.
I still feel that way.....
We are still learning stuff.
now the top has holes in it.
But I don't want to bother filling them in.
I told Kris that we would just have so much @#$ on the top of the dresser, that the holes won't be noticeable!!!!!
The top was a mess, all scratched up and stained.
Once I got it in my basement,
I filled in the gouges on the top with wood filler.
Lately it seems, every time I get an old piece of furniture, something is missing from it that I didn't notice at the auction house.
In the case of this chest, it was a piece on the side of the lowest drawer....
We (Kris) only paid 100 bucks for this baby, so it was still worth it.....
First I painted the whole thing in Chalk Paint Old White.
Then I painted the top and the inset side panels in Chalk Paint Country Grey.
Now, I had to stop, and think about how I wanted to proceed.....
Earlier this summer, I had painted a piece for my niece.
At that time I was twisting my brain into a pretzel trying to figure out what I wanted to do with her linen press.
I saw a piece of painted furniture on TV, froze the picture with my DVR, got my camera, and took a shot of the TV.
I really liked the lattice pattern, and saved this for a future project.
Well, the future has become the present!!!!!
I decided to paint a lattice pattern on the top of Kris's chest.
I didn't ask her.....
it was going to be a surprise.....
oy, what if she didn't like it?????
Well, that would just be too bad for her!!!!!
It's hard to criticize free labor.....
So, next thing I did was get out my striping tape.
I use tape from Finesse Pinstriping.
I used Frog Tape to tape off the edges, and then I started from the center, and used my right angle triangle to create the diagonal lines.
My long straight edge helped lay out the rest, I used its width for the spacing of the lines.
I did one way, and then I started on the other direction.
This was taking forever.....
Then I ran out of tape.....
OY, OY, OY!!!!!
So, I called Finesse Pinstriping and ordered some more 1/4" tape ASAP!!!!!
Paid for extra fast shipping!!!!!
Hurry up already!!!!!
Now I was really bummed, because I wanted to see if what I was doing would work.
I was also worried about leaving the tape on for a couple of days, concerned that it might pull the paint off.
I'm sitting in my family room,
in the room.....
doing very complex math in my head.....
thinking really really really hard......
When I realized.....
1/8 + 1/8= 1/4!!!!!!!!!
I HAD 1/8" TAPE!!!!!
I trundle back down to my
and whip out the 1/8" striping tape!
Then I had to do
twice as much work!!!!!
So, now it took twice as long as a very long time.
But I done did it.
You have to look at two pictures, because it took me so long, and I took a lot of pictures of the taped top!
Then I dry brushed Old White over the top.
Here's a close up.
And then I pulled the tape off!!!!!
That part was FUN!
Then I taped off the frame on the sides, and gave it another coat of Old White.
Next up was the distressing.
I used 220 grit sandpaper, and gently worked it down through the layers for a more realistic worn look.
I am starting to finally get the hang of distressing.
I think this looks like a really really old piece!!!!!
Next, it was time to do the front.
I painted the frames of the drawers in Old White, and the panels in Country Grey.
Now it was time to repair the drawer.
Kris went trolling on the internet, and found some wood that we cut to fit.
I measured the piece we needed, and then we took it over to my buddies at Drape It,
because they have a saw
and a man to use the saw,
because we be afeared of electrical cutting thingies.
We were too lazy to bring the drawer with us, to make sure the piece fit.
When we got back to my
basement woodworking shop, we realized that the piece was a leetle too big.
I got out my sander.
It wasn't workin' so goodly.....
I started digging around on my shelves.....
and found a belt sander I forgot we had!!!!!
Kris remembers me buying it.
It worked like a charm.
Then I glued and clamped.
That's Kris, waxing the drawers.
That's all I allowed her to do.
This was my project, damn it.....
I showed her how the dresser would work with the patterns form her room.
I put the hardware back on.
We're missing one handle.
I hope to find a replacement on the internet.
If anyone has an idea where to get a drop handle like these, please let me know!!!!!
After the top was waxed it had a slight sheen.
I know I keep showing you the details of the top, but I am really proud of the distressing!!!!
I sanded a little below the handles, as if the paint got worn form use.
But I'm not thrilled with the effect.
I need to figure this part out.
Here she is in the room.
This is the style mirror I would like to find to go over the dresser.
In the mean time, we've rested a couple of botanical prints against the wall to cut into all the pattern.
One more shot of the top!!!!!
Here's a before and after!!!
I didn't put the ormolu garland detail back on the front; we thought it was better without.
BECAUSE OF ALL THE WONDERFUL DETAIL ON THE TOP!!!!
now you know what I do with my time.
On that note.....