1.3 2011

100 Year Old Antique Princess Chest of Drawers

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When I saw this chest of drawers on CL I couldn’t get in my car fast enough.
I knew I could do something really fun with it!
The nice gentleman with the European accent I bought it from told me its’ history:
it belonged to his Grandparents, who brought it over from Europe 95+ years ago.
The varnish was peeling away, so I had to decide whether or not to refinish it, or paint it.
I thought about refinishing it, but if you’ve been with me a while, you know I don’t like to strip furniture whenever possible.
I sanded the wrinkling varnish for a couple of hours, and decided to go for the paint.
Here is the before, which doesn’t show the awful varnish chipping away:
And now:
I always like to keep something inherent to the original piece, especially the tops.
This was refinished in Dark Walnut.
Paint colors:
Ben Moore Bone
Ben Moore Just Peachy
Liquid silver leafing medium applied with a tiny brush
Valspar Asphaltum antiquing medium, mixed with more translucent glaze
Topcoat: Zinsser water-based poly in semi gloss
 I wanted it to look like it was painted 100 years ago, and has aged over time.
This is the truest picture of the color scheme:
I think it is perfect for a little Princess or any fanciful girls’ bedroom don’t you?
This was by far the funnest piece I’ve worked on.
Christa
Linking to:
WhisperWood Cottage

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