Here is the before of this little chest, yes it is a sight to see. It was quite dirty, so dirty it grossed me out a bit. But you don't run across these chest very often around this neck of the woods so I bought it (And I was even proud of myself for buying it.) I am so glad I did......
Here she is after a lot of sanding and scrubbing!
There was about 4 layers of paint on this chest. I stripped the top and drawers and then sanded them down to get the remaining paint off. I sanded the sides down really really good, and then applied a coat of cream paint ( it is a custom color) The drawers and top are stained with Miniwax's Dark Walnut. ( I like Dark Walnut because it doesn't go orange.)
I love dandelions, not in my yard though.
I looked for a stencil for the front of this chest but I couldn't find what I had in mind. So I got out the paper and pencil and started drawing. Now I am not an artist, my sister is an amazing artist, apparently that gene skipped over me. It took me awhile to finally figure out how to simplify a dandelion and how to make them look right on the chest. I am happy to report I love the end product.
I had intentions of selling this piece, but it is staying put!
Aren't these vintage handles beautiful? I found them in the classifieds awhile back and they have just been hanging out in the garage, apparently waiting for this chest!
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