First things first. Happy Veteran’s Day! I want to thank all of those members of our society who have served to protect the freedoms we enjoy and the blessed country we inhabit. I am so grateful to have been born in this country and count myself a citizen of the United States. If you live in the United States, I hope you all can take a moment to reflect on the importance of this day.
Now for the furniture stuff. After a week long break, I am back and ready to share. November was a busy month at Paris Flea Market! Good thing I had just picked up this dresser Saturday before the sale!
I hadn’t planned on needing it so early in the sale, but I sold a few big pieces the first night! Thursday evening and Friday morning I worked fast to give this piece a makeover.
Thanks to CeCe Caldwell’s paints, which are SO easy to use, I was able to give it a unique “old” look, in about the time it takes to iron the pile of clothes in my laundry room (which is a subject for another day…….). Probably two hours at the most and I was done.
All the hardware was removed, and I gave the piece a thorough sanding on the top to smooth out some of the scratches. Next I took my beloved Virginia Chestnut and watered it down until it was very thin and spreadable. I covered the entire piece and drawers. This paint dries so fast too that by the time you are finishing up the last part of your piece, it will almost be time to start on the next layer. TRUE! You can create a fabulous furniture makeover in less than an hour. No priming, no sanding (unless you had deep scratches), just start painting.
I used Young Kansas Wheat for the main color and painted a thin coat of this all over the piece. When this was dry, I sanded the entire thing with 320 grit paper. This burnishes the paint, and gives you a perfectly, glass-smooth surface. I wanted the Virginia Chestnut to show through, so I did this two ways. First, by using a damp cloth and just gently rubbing the edges. You can distress this paint by rubbing it! Then I finished with a 220 grit for more distressing. I sealed the piece using Clear Wax and some dark Aging Wax. I also darkened the handles by using my favorite Coffee Bean Colorant by Modern Masters.
Look at how beautiful layering CeCe Caldwell’s paints can be. And the aging the wax gives it yet one more dimension. This piece sold Saturday!
Feels good to be back. Can’t wait to show you my amazing Junque Makeover tomorrow. You won’t believe what I did with an old kitchen cabinet.
Linking my layered look at these lovely blogs: