Let me just start out by saying this one just about kicked my butt. I think I painted this thing three times, for crying tears in a bucket!
But I think I got it right
Oh Provence, how I love you! If ever a color could elevate something, this is most surely the one. But I assure y’all it did not start out that way.
Not at all
Somebody had handled this thing rough, to say the very least.
I bought this dresser on a local Facebook yard sale page based on a crappy cellphone photo. Then I drove to the Back Of Beyond to pick it up! The cool part was that it did not require any structural repair, so I did catch a break in that department.
The top is a veneer that I sanded down very carefully. It was in pretty good shape ( no big gouges ) there was just no finish left and it had water marks. The only thing I used for the new finish is Annie Sloan Dark Wax.
I had the color picked out before I ever went to pick the dresser up. The next morning I got up around seven, put on a pot of coffee (vanilla) and painted my little heart out!
Yeah, my Big Mug and my penguin feety pajamas. It does not get ANY sexier than that.
And here is what I got for my efforts
A big, flippin’ BLUE mess! Good God, it was awfull! I almost cried, but Big Daddy was not home to pet me so I had to be a Big Girl and preserver. I really don’t like to be an adult sometimes.
I waited a few hours and painted a second coat that went MUCH better ! I really should have primed this big RED mess of a dresser. I’ve never seen anything bleed through Annie Sloan chalk paint.
I thought with all that fluted detail on the sides of this piece that dark wax was the way to go. Well, the more I waxed the GREENER the dresser got. Now I cried, out in the garage on a rainy night, and I threw in the towel.
For three weeks
I let it sit out in the garage until
I had my heart and head right with this piece. Then I painted coat #3 and it was a beautiful turquoise again!
Was it worth it?
Well, no. But I learned ALOT about what not to do on a red mahogany anything, ever again.
Lastly, let’s talk about this hardware. As a rule, I do not like Early American hardware but theses sure cool!
It’s rusted, I guess by accident? Either way I love it!
I’m a little in love with this piece.
Big Daddy always says the same thing when I sell something he thinks is beautiful.
“How can you sell this?”
This one will be hard.