Sometimes good luck just lands right in the middle of an otherwise ordinary day. Driving to the Gym one afternoon a while back I nearly drove right by this beautiful side table waiting by the curb. Of course I loaded it up and brought it home with me– the price was perfect for my budget.
I removed those amazing handles and spray painted them in an oil-rubbed bronze which freshened them right up.
Of course I removed the drawers first, then gave a little attention to the very pretty detail work. There were places where dust and dirt had built up, so I cleaned the whole piece with Murphy’s Oil soap using an old toothbrush to clean the details and let the piece dry overnight.
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I used white chalk paint for the body of the cabinet and the drawers. I wanted the top to stay natural, so I sanded and stained it, followed by a low-luster polyurethane top coat.
After the cabinet was good and dry I used a sanding block to distress edges, paying special attention to the ornate detail, making it look as if it had been well-used for a century or so.
I need to stress that allowing the paint to dry thoroughly before you begin distressing the finish is critically important. Paint needs to cure before you start messing with it or it might try to come off in sheets or clumps. This ruins your distressed look – then it just looks amateur and phony. Patience is probably the least of my virtues, but the work of sitting on my hands paid off on this project. I hope you agree.
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