I’d been waiting to use these for months. This is the perfect opportunity.
The overwhelming majority of the time I am glad to see my furniture pieces go home with people who fall in love with them.
This may be the exception
I am CRAZY in love with this chest.
Just to refresh your memory, this is what it looked like when I hauled it home.
First things first, I had to uncover that top.
It came off really fast with my orbital and 80 grit sandpaper. That little beveled edge took longer than the entire top did.
I chose to paint this one in one of my very favorite colors, Amy Howard’s Selznick Grey.
I really do love this color. I’ve used ALOT of grays and this one is the warmest in my opinion. Plus Amy Howard makes a great product.
Most of the time when I drag home a piece of furniture that has drawers, the drawers themselves are a mess. These were clean as could be. What a lovely surprise!
I used a stencil from Royal Design Studio. This worked WAY better than any other stencil I have ever used. It is much thicker and sturdier than the ones I’ve previously purchased at discount stores.
It is a French poem. Now I have seen this done before and just loved the idea but I was a tad apprehensive about doing it myself. I ain’t no professional stenciler y’all.
But I would do it again in a heartbeat!
The hardest part is letting it dry really well before you can do the next section, but it is sooooo worth the wait! It took me a little over an hour to finish the stencil part. Once it had dried for over an hour I sanded down the entire front with 220 grit sandpaper to fade the lettering quite a bit.
The only thing I used on the top of the chest was Annie Sloan Dark wax. I stopped using wood stain several months ago and I love how this turned out!
The entire piece got a good coat of Annie Sloan clear wax and then on to the jewelry! In my brain I wanted mercury glass knobs but I did not want to drive to Greenville SC to Hobby Lobby today so I figured it would have to wait. I stuck my head in to Marshall’s and by complete accident found a set of six mercury glass pulls for
Wait for it. . . .
I kid you not! There was only one set of these so I flew home and dug through my Knob Stash where I found the last pair.
Well there you have it.
‘How I spent my Saturday ‘
By Paige Davis
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