Can I start by saying how much I love how this dresser turned out? It is painted in Benjamin Moore paint, but to be true, not sure which one exactlly. I have been lucky to pick up a few mis-tints at a local Ace Hardware store for an amazing price. The wood was amazing to paint on, and even if it was painted entirely with a brush, it looks like it was sprayed. It doesn’t have one single brush stroke, that is just amazing. My new brush did the job flawlessly.
The chest needed some reconstructive work, the back was missing almost entirely, the bottom drawers had to be replaced on most of the drawers, but structurally, it was perfect….oh, and how much I love the skeleton keys..they are the original ones on the chest, they just needed a little bit of cleaning..I rubbed them with steel wool and they looked perfect..
I used glaze to gave it the aged look, and then I protected with a few coats of wax. I have to admit that glaze made me a little nervous, since it was the first time using it..and I kind of came up with my own formula..I mixed it with Minwax stain in Dark Walnut, and practiced on a piece of wood that I had painted in the same color..I just wanted to make sure I wont go to crazy and darken it up too much..
The wax is from Fiddes, and is a wonderful wax, probably the only was that I will ever use. It goes on smoothly, and it buffs to perfection in a few minutes after you apply it. I get mine from a wonderful Ebay user, and I am sure that there are a few other online places that sells it.
The knobs are from Anthropologie, and for this chest I decided to mix and match. It happened that I bought them a while ago when they were on sale, and since I am a self admitted knob horder, the chest happened to be the perfect candidate.
..I am sure that you noticed the amazing picture by now..I love the frame, and the picture itself is just lovely..My friend Marna gifted the picture to me, and I loved it from the first moment I laid my eyes on it..The picture was taken in Germany, somewhere around the 1900′s..I love the hair style, and the outfits..amazing..