Frankieb
Frankieb
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  • Chesapeake, VA

Painted Furniture----A 1940's Beauty's Transformation!


This 1940's dresser was headed for the trash heap but I managed to rescue it from a friend before the carnage could be completed. It was originally manufactured as a painted piece.
a 1940 s beauty s transformation , chalk paint, painted furniture
The top was painted as well but I failed to get a before pic prior to stripping and staining.
a 1940 s beauty s transformation , chalk paint, painted furniture
Just another view......First step was to get it cleaned and degreased and then lightly sand it all over. I removed the French hardware and soaked in degreaser before I spray painted them.
a 1940 s beauty s transformation , chalk paint, painted furniture
This is a detail of the raised shield on the front of the top drawer. I painted it in a stripe and then hand painted the monogram on it.
a 1940 s beauty s transformation , chalk paint, painted furniture
Here it is still in my shop. The paint finish is plaster of paris recipe chalk paint both the white and the gray. The biggest challenge was hand painting the intricate white decorative trim that is beautifully carved. After painting three coats I waxed the entire piece with clear wax. The top is coated in three coats of satin polyurethane with triple 0 steel wool used between coats.
a 1940 s beauty s transformation , chalk paint, painted furniture
Here it is proudly displayed in my home!!. This is at the top of my favorite rescue projects.

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2 questions
  • Mickey Baron
    on Sep 25, 2016

    The hardware was original? LOVE this piece!

    • Frankieb
      on Sep 25, 2016

      Yes the hardware was original but you can get repros just like it

  • Robin P Rambeau
    on Mar 7, 2019

    What is the advantage of chalk paint vs regular for this application?

    • Frankieb
      on Mar 7, 2019

      Hi Robin.... chalk paint is extremely durable, has a really nice mat finish and will cover just about any finish with little sanding or primer. Chalk paint is my preference for furniture pieces. I use the plaster of Paris recipe. Thanks for looking!!

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