Clean! Always prep your pieces because you put so much time and effort into painting, you want it to last a lifetime! I cleaned this piece with 0000 steel wool and a mixture of vinegar and water, then wiped down with just straight water. Once dried, using 220 grit sandpaper, I did a scuff sand over the entire piece. Then again, wipe with a wet rag to remove all of the dust.
How to Give Your Piece of Furniture a Bit of Subtle Elegance
I had this antique lingerie chest for a few months and when i first saw it, i fell in love! The dainty legs, many drawers and the detailed konbs made this piece move to the top of my project list! I really wanted this one to be unique. I decided to do a design on the drawer fronts and keep it very feminine.
I painted the entire piece a mint green color that was a mis-tint at home depot. Not sure of the name but it truly is a beautiful and feminine color!
For the drawers, I painted them the mint green, and then using a sponge brush, I covered all of the fronts with diamond dust decor wax by Redesign. It's somewhat translucent when doing a thin coat, so some of the green still peaks through. This wax is A-MAZING! The texture is like silk and a little goes a long way! Then I used my stencil and sponged on the mint green paint. I wanted just the lines of the stencil to be the subtle gold.
The drawer pulls were boiled in water with a splash of vinegar for 20 minutes to remove all of the stick on dirt and grime that accumulated over the many years. Once dried, I covered them in autumn gold and antique gold by rub-n-buff. This stuff is also A-MAZING!
The entire piece, except for drawers, was then sealed with wax. I added valspar glaze, that I tinted black, into the grooves to highlight the details, especially in the legs. But the drawers are certainly the focal point on this piece!
- Sandpaper (Home depot)
- Valspar Glaze (Home depot)
- Re-design decor wax on diamond dust (Amazon)