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DIY Tales: Three-Drawer Chest Redo

By Redo It Yourself Inspirations on Jan 10, 2014
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I picked up this small chest of drawers really cheap. I decided to use it as my "brave creation". A traditional re-finisher, but I went bright Barn red. I actually learned to admire the color and still make it somewhat traditional. What I love most about this project is the French Typography on the top; complimenting the "old country style" I tried to create. So this little "wing with it" project became a kitchen linen storage piece.


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A former project started by another DIY'er who decided not to continue. I bought a "gloppy hardened mess".
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It may have stored for some time. It needed a lot of clean up.


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I'll keep the hardware, just painting them will do well. One is missing the handle, but I can make a mold to replace it.


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Starting the clean up with soap & water, then sanded when dried.


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After cleaning and light sanding on the drawers, I rolled on latex enamel. Eeeek! Red! Not a comfort zone for me. But this is a "brave" piece anyway.


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Now cleaning the top and frame to sand. I have no idea what was spilled on this. But it did come off.


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Sanded and vacuumed out.


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More paint rolling.


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Now for a glazing trial. Blending in some "Onyx"


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Last drawer rolled on.


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Placing hardware and drawers back.


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Now to work on the bare wood top.
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All ready for creating.


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I found graphics from the Graphic Fairy. ( http://thegraphicsfairy.com/ ) She has wonderful French Typography. Perfect for what I had in mind here. She also features so many tips for painting techniques and transferring graphics. I don't have some of the gadgets that were suggested so I had to pencil draw these using her graphics.


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Using the same "Onyx" Expression Color as I did on the dresser, I also used it to "paint" my design.


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When the paint dried, I applied stain over the top. Then added a thin coat of Lacquer to seal it off.


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"The French Chicken"


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Thank you, Graphics Fairy!


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Doing this color and this technique is not my "norm". I'm all earth-toney and a traditional re-finisher. This project helped me overcome my fear of color.


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Hardware, handles and knobs were painted in Gloss black that I allowed to get tacky and "roughed it up " by tapping them with a cloth for a mix of gloss and age.


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Lacquer drying.

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Thank you for stopping by to check out my new bravery piece!

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