THE LONG ROAD TO BEAUTY - black antiqued chest

This black chest went south right away when I decided to get a better handle using milk paint.


I did learn how to mix it better for the sprayer.

Over the course of that evening the paint started to flake ..... EVERYWHERE I had sprayed it!

This photo of the original drawer handle shows what was happening pretty well.
If you look closely it's not chipping shabby chic style it's flaking everywhere.

I hadn't spray the sides, which ended up saving me some time later.

I moved on to the hardware.

I didn't care for the style or placement of the original handles

so I filled those holes in and chose a new placement.

I searched high and low for a nice set of 8 handles that would work but
I only found 2 sets of 4 so I made them work.

In came the oil rubbed bronze paint by Rustoleum.

Now back to the drawers, measuring and drilling new holes.
I'll show you how nicely they turned out shortly.

Next thing needed was to remove the broken apron and do some repairs,

Before adding new legs bought at Windsor Plywood.

The milk paint was adhereing to the top surface better,
and was looking pretty neat with all the chipping and flaking that still occured there.
With a great amount of sanding and poly I got it to this point, and very happy with it.

So I decided to match up the sides to have the same look, but without using
the dreaded milk paint.

I used a black wash with regular paint and poly.

After a month of looking at the flaking black Milk Paint on the front I decided I had to do
something. So one morning I sat in the shade and hand sanded every inch of the drawers.
Then I masking off the top and sides so I could spray some grey primer on them.

and then a beautiful smooth black spray job.

New handles added,

a bit more poly and wax,

And she is shining like never before.

I did try out some distressing but I liked the sleek black look better.

It has a great antiqued effect on the sides and top,
and with the wax and poly it is so soft and smooth.

She is going to be an excellent TV stand.

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  1. Love it.....and her cute lil legs :)

  2. Wow, lots of work but turned out fabulous!

  3. That was some workout. I love the dresser. It turned out beautiful!




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