While I’m not new to second-hand furniture, this one was probably a little more than second hand. Third or fourth is more like it. The chest appeared to have been painted a vintage green a good while ago, judging by the color. I shall call her the GREEN GODDESS. She was the dirtiest, grungiest chest ever and had about a bazillion spider eggs from probably 20 years ago all tufted up nicely underneath her. Do you know those little round balls attached to spider webs? No shortage of that either. Let’s just say I made a little noise when I flipped it over. I swear I hit the motherload with this one. Oh, and then there was the smoke smell. It was so bad that I had to air it out for 2 months on my porch. The GREEN GODDESS needed me in the worst way.
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The Second Hand Furniture Makeover
For starters, one of the doors were broken beyond repair. It appeared that someone had even tried gluing them back together at one point, but the break was clean and lengthwise down the door. Really, no good way to salvage it.
The only thing to do was to make new ones. I simply used the original wood door as my pattern and outlined it using my carpenter pencil. I used the straight edge of 2 sides of the board and then cut the other two with my Ryobi Circular Saw. It made a clean straight line. My Makita rotary sander was used to smooth out the edges and get it ready for paint.
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Because the original doors had ornate detailing, I decided to remove the molding on the drawers to match the new doors. With a paint scraper and hammer, I managed to get most of it off of the drawer facing. It wasn’t smooth at all, but I was able to smooth it down using my hand sander. And yes, I realize that I should have used a wood chisel. I was lazy and grabbed the first sharp looking tool I could find. Ha!
The drawers were lined with this beautiful vintage paper. I did manage to save a few big pieces for future projects.
I used the original hardware to attach the doors. When replacing parts on furniture, I try to reuse as much as I can. Especially hardware. Some of the newer hardware doesn’t always fit properly on older furniture. This can be a challenge.
Choosing A Design For The Green Goddess
This is always the hardest part for me. I had ordered this Modern Master Metal Effects Paint a few months ago. I was just waiting for the right piece. Initially, the plan was to paint it black with a rusty finish. About 5 minutes before I actually started painting, I changed my mind! Who does that???
Sapphire blue, Robins Egg blue and Weathervane gray were the colors for the base coat. You can see more yummy Wise Owl Colors HERE! A blending method was used with a Cling-On Paint Brush, a spray bottle with water, putty knife and a sponge. to create the colors and texture before the iron oxidizing paint was applied. It was like magic happening right before my eyes!
The inside of the chest was cleaned with Lemon Verbena Furniture Salve. It conditioned the wood, neutralized the odors and then I added it to the drawer runs to make the drawers glide like new. This stuff is amazing!
Rust Never Looked So Good On Second Hand Furniture
The RUSTY GODDESS
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Until the next project… xo, Do