CHEST OF DRAWERS
This was a lovely chest of drawers to work on, and was the first piece I completed. A lot of it was trial and error as rubbing the top layer of paint needed a gentle touch, unlike working on a full size piece of furniture.
The paint I used was Rust Oleum Chalky Finish. The chest of drawers was painted with two coats of chalk paint, the first coat was Fire Brick with a top coat of Sage Green. The bottom draw was painted with a first coat of Sage Green. with a top coat of Fire Brick. I think it just balances out the colour and breaks up the green.
The biggest challenge was to find draw pulls to suit this furniture, they were made with pieces of a bracelet I took apart. They do hang down a bit on to the next draw, but I like the effect.
The drawers were sanded down and just painted at the front, and waxed around the sides. I then lined them with sticky back green felt, giving it a neat finish.
This is one of the legs, I was very pleased with paint effect on this, as it was so small.
Why not distress you own furniture to add character to a piece of off the shelf furniture. Up-cycle some un-used furniture in the style of your choice, aged, stylish, rustic, even the very popular shabby chic. So give it a go and make your own unique piece of furniture…..
MY FURNITURE DISTRESSING TECHNIQUE
- Clean your chosen piece of furniture with white spirit, sand any rough areas, with a fine sandpaper. It is a good idea to remove and sand any furniture which is heavily varnished, also remove any residue glue around joints, enabling the paint will adhere better.
- Paint the entire piece in the base coat colour of chalk paint you have selected. When dry add a second coat of the same colour or a different one depending on the look you want to achieve.
- When the paint is dry, start sanding the areas that would naturally end up looking worn or distressed, corners, edges, sides of legs and tops of drawers. To get a nice smooth surface sand very gently all over the furniture.
- Finish with a layer of wax, [either clear or tinted, depending on the result you want.] this will enhance the paint, giving your furniture a lovely silky smooth finish. You can use varnish instead of wax, but I think wax gives a better finish.